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Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

"Does acupuncture hurt?"
Acupuncture uses filiform needles, small, sometimes silicone-coated needles that are no thicker than a single human hair. Insertion of these needles is often painless, many patients aren't even aware they are in. Sometimes patients feel a tingling or tightness or even an electrical zing up or down the acupuncture channel which is referred to as "Da Qi" or Big Qi.

"How many treatments will I need?"
Everyone is different and the extent and duration of the condition being treated is different so the number of treatments required to resolve a health issue depends on how severe the issue is and how long it has existed.
Whereas western medicine frequently limits itself to treating symptoms, the primary focus of Chinese medicine is treating the underlying cause or root of an illness or disease, sometimes while addressing the presenting symptoms simultaneously. Therefore, while the symptoms of some acute conditions, such as the common cold or flu, can be relieved in a matter of hours or days, correcting the root of the illness itself can be a much longer process.

"Why do I always get sick, while my friend never does?"
That is an interesting question perfectly suited to Chinese diagnosis which looks to the person as a whole not just to the syndrome or condition exhibited. Chinese medicine seeks to correct imbalances--imbalances that are apparent from the color in your face, the odor of your breath or body. A practitioner of Chinese medicine is trained to observe and ask questions that may seem irrelevant or out of the ordinary. Chinese medicine views a person as an energy system in which body and mind are inseparable, each influencing and balancing the other. Rather than treating symptoms in isolation, Chinese medicine treats the person as a whole. So, although you and your friend do everything together you are two indivudals and, as such, your bodies react differently to the stresses of the day, diet and environment. You are not the same even though you may eat and do the same things.

What medical problems can be treated with acupuncture?"
Commonly treated conditions include:Bone, Muscle and Joint Pain: Sciatica, Tendonitis, Neck Pain/Stiffness, Knee Pain, Frozen Shoulder, Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel, Back Pain, & Lower Back Pain.

Gynecological Disorders: Irregular Menstruation, Infertility, Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) insomnia, hot flashes, fatigue, headache, moodiness,

Respiratory Problems: Sinusitis, Allergies/Asthma, Bronchitis, Cough, Emphysema, Stop Smoking.

Emotional and Psychological Disorders: Anxiety, Depression, Stress/Tension, Addiction withdrawal.

Gastrointestinal Disorders: Constipation, IBS, Diarrhea, Food Allergies, Indigestion, Gastritis, Candida.

Problems with Circulation: Hypertension (HIgh Blood Pressure), Angina, Heart Palpitations, Hypotension (Low Blood Pressure), Edema