Frequently Asked Questions
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture points are places where energy or qi is easily accessible. When the flow of energy or blood is disrupted, pain and illness can appear. Through stimulating specifically chosen acupuncture points, the body moves towards a more balanced flow. Research into how acupuncture works is still ongoing, but it has been found that acupuncture can cause the release of endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers), stimulate the immune system and influence the nervous system.
What is the difference between Japanese & Chinese acupuncture?
In Japanese acupuncture, the needles tend to be finer than those used in Chinese style and are inserted more shallowly. Treatments often use fewer needles and the needles are stimulated more gently. Japanese style focuses strongly on treating the deeper underlying imbalances while still addressing the symptoms themselves.
What can I expect during an acupuncture treatment?
As a holistic medical modality, acupuncture treats the whole person. Your initial exam will include a comprehensive verbal intake in order for your practitioner to identify and assess your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist might also check your pulse, examine your tongue, and palpate your abdomen as part of a physical exam. Feel free to ask questions at any stage of this process.
Needles are then inserted into specific points in order to bring your body back into balance and health. Most patients move into a deep state of relaxation during the treatment as the body harmonizes. Try to leave yourself some time after the treatment to continue to relax, and be sure to drink plenty of water.
Some patients notice immediate effects after a treatment while others see changes over the course of a few days. As each patient is different and has different needs, treatment frequency is determined on an individual basis.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are hair thin, metallic, and solid. Most patients report feeling a sensation of warmth, tingling or pressure when the needle is inserted, with minimal or no pain. Most patients experience an overall sense of deep relaxation during a treatment.