FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is acupuncture safe?
Not only is it safe, it works to balance and heal the body collectively. It heals illnesses from their root causes so you will feel a general wellness as well as an improvement in your symptoms. Some “side effects” may include better sleep, improved energy, a sense of calm and even joy.
A state-licensed and board-certified acupuncturist (L.Ac) will have had years of extensive education and training in safe needling techniques and proper OSHA protocols. Your licensed acupuncturist will also be CNT (Clean Needle Technique) certified so there is proper procedure in handling needling.
What type of needles do you use?
We use filiform (solid) needles with very fine gauges. Unlike hypodermic needles used for injections, acupuncture needles are solid which allows them to be extremely thin.
Our clinic only uses high quality sterile needles that are individually packaged. All needles are immediately disposed upon usage.
Does needling hurt?
Most needling won’t even be felt and is painless. There may be sensations, such as warmth, aching, tingling, etc at the site of the needles. We encourage you to communicate with your acupuncturist to understand your body responses and be reassured.
Generally, most patients experience a deep sense of relaxation during the needling process. We make sure you are comfortable when you are resting on the treatment table.
What ages can be treated?
All ages can be treated with and benefit from acupuncture, including infants, toddlers, and teens.
Is acupuncture safe for children?
Absolutely. Not only is it safe, children tend to have even quicker and stronger results in healing. Needling for children is very quick and shallow, yet still obtaining highly effective results.
For younger children, needles are removed immediately upon insertion, so there is little to no risk of the child getting hurt with the needles in. Needling techniques are based on the individual child, his/her personality, and condition.
Does it hurt for kids?
Most kids do not even feel the needles at all. We use the gentlest techniques and we make it fun. Pediatric patients often describe it as a “tickle.”
The needles used for pediatrics is extra thin and short. For younger children, needles are removed immediately upon insertion to there is little to no risk of the child getting hurt with the needles in.
What if my child is scared of needling?
No worries. For kids who aren’t quite ready for needling, we have many other methods to treat the same acu-points, like cold laser pens, light microcurrent therapy, cupping, and gentle Chinese massage techniques specific for pediatrics.
All methods are gentle and pain-free.
What to expect
The initial consultation includes reviewing your medical history and discussing your current health condition. The practitioner may use other diagnostic methods, such as pulse reading, and tongue analysis. Your acupuncturist will then discuss a personalized treatment plan specific to your needs and then proceed with your acupuncture treatment. Herbal prescriptions may be administered at the end of the treatment.
How to prepare
Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing that you can relax in. Please avoid drinking coffee or alcoholic beverages at least two hours prior to your treatment. It is better that you do not come to a treatment session on an empty stomach, and light meals should be eaten at least one hour prior.
This will help your practitioner obtain a more accurate diagnosis of your condition, as well as allow you to have the most comfortable experience.
How long will treatments take?
New patient sessions may take up to around 60-75 minutes. Follow-up sessions generally take around 40 minutes.
For pediatric patients: New patient sessions may take up to 45-60 minutes. Follow-up sessions may be around 30 minutes or less.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will vary depending on the patient’s condition, as well as what you want to achieve through acupuncture. Generally, you will experience improvements in your condition from the first treatment session. The healing process will be incremental and you will find increased improvement with each additional session. Chronic cases will generally require a longer treatment plan. Your practitioner will discuss your personalized treatment plan with you.
What conditions does acupuncture treat?
Since acupuncture is all about correcting system imbalances and returning the body to its homeostatic state of health, it can help improve just about any condition.
Acupuncture can be used to treat a multitude of conditions, including most pediatric conditions, stress management, pain management, sleep disturbance, fatigue, digestive disorders, reproductive issues, trauma and injury.