F A Q
Frequently Asked Questions
I am afraid of needles. Is acupuncture painful? Is it safe?
The needles we use are different from hypodermic needles that used to give injections. We use delicate, hair-thin needles that, for most people, barely feel it anything when they are inserted. You may feel slight pinch, heaviness, spreading, tingling sensation, which are associated with the positive therapeutic effects.
We also modify the needles for your optimal comfort. In general, acupuncture sensations are deeply satisfying and make you feel relaxed both mentally and physically.
Upon agreement, we can provide trigger point treatments, which involve subtle needle manipulation that may have more intense sensation. Needles are prepackaged, FDA approved, and disposable so that they are completely safe.
What should I expect on my first visit?
During your first visit, we conduct a detailed survey based on pre-filled intake form (downloadable online) which allows us to get a complete picture of your health and lifestyle. Then, we will examine your pulse and tongue, followed by an examination of your body (including affected area, abdomen, extremities) to diagnose your condition.
After all needles are inserted using disposable guide tube, you will lie comfortably for 15-20 minutes with the needles in place. The number of needles we use varies, however you can expect approximately 10-20 needles in general. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing and some patients fall asleep during treatment. Acupuncture can be great alternative or addition to yoga or meditation.
You will receive light body and energy work (massage, acupressure, reiki, etc,) before or after the treatment. In order to enhance the effects of treatment, we may applly essential oils depending on the conditions. The first session can last up to an hour and a half.
What should I prepare for the day of my visit?
Please eat something light a few hours before the treatment.
Please also bring shorts and tank top if possible, to have access to your body and extremities.
What should I do after the treatment?
Try to rest and avoid intense exercise in order to absorb all of your acupuncture treatment’s benefits. Drink a lot of water and take warm relaxing Epsom salt bath.