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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect during the first treatment?

The first treatment takes approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours.  During this time, a full detailed interview regarding your health, lifestyle, health history, will be taken to help devise a treatment plan.  Other diagnostic tools include observing your tongue, taking your pulse and palpating your abdomen.  This is followed by an acupuncture treatment that lasts about 30-45 minutes.  Afterwards we will discuss future treatment plans.

How should I prepare for a treatment?

It is encouraged to eat something two hours prior to a treatment.  Also, if possible, please wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing. Linens will also be available for use.

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is very safe.  Acupuncture needles are sterile, single use needles.  Very rarely small bruising can form where the needle was inserted.

Do the needles hurt?

Acupuncture needles are hair thin, filiform needles.  Most do not feel the needle insertion.  Some may feel an initial prick, but it goes away in a few seconds. In some cases, stronger stimulation is required to increase the efficacy of the treatment, but it will be communicated beforehand and you will have the option to decline.

What type of results will I see?

The effects of acupuncture work differently from one individual to the next.  A variety of factors including how long the condition being treated existed, severity of condition, constitution of patient and frequency of visits can all play a role in results.  Some may patients may notice results immediately, while others will notice a change after a few treatments; however, most people usually notice the biggest difference the day after a treatment.

How often should I schedule an appointment?

The number of treatments differ from patient to patient.  The treatment plan will be discussed during the initial visit.

What conditions can be treated?

Neurological: headaches, migraines, post operative pains, post stroke paralysis

Gynecological: PMS, irregular menstruation, menopausal symptoms, infertility, fertility enhancement, IVF optimization

Pregnancy: all stages of pregnancy, labor support

Urogenital:  prostatitis, sexual dysfunctions, stress incontinence, neurogenic bladder

Ears, Nose and Throat:  rhinitis, sinusitis, toothaches, earaches

Respiratory: common colds, flu, allergies, asthma, bronchitis

Gastrointestinal: nausea, indigestions, diarrhea, constipation, IBS, ulcerative colitis, crohn’s disease, candida

Skin Disorders: shingles, hives, eczema, acne, eczema

Emotional Conditions: anxiety, stress, depression, addiction, insomnia, postpartum depression

Cancer Support: treatment of side effects during radiation and chemotherapy, emotional support

Chronic and Acute Pain:  neck, shoulder, arms, hands, feet, fingers, knees, lower back, frozen shoulder, carpel tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, sports injury, repetitive stress injuries, sciatica, whiplash

More questions?

If you have any further questions about acupuncture, herbal prescriptions, treatments or whether Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you, contact me today!

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