Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years as an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves inserting sterile single use filiform needles into the body to regulate the flow of Qi and blood, restore balance, and strengthen the organ systems. This results in healing, decreased pain, and improved health.
2. Who can benefit from acupuncture?
Everyone can benefit in some way form an acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture can help with a variety of concerns from pain, insomnia, stress, mental health issues, women's health, eczema, asthma, digestive disorders, allergies, and chronic illness to name a few.
3. Does acupuncture hurt?
No. Most needles are not even felt on insertion. As the needles are manipulated or inserted into place, one can experience a sensation called DeQi. This is only for a few moments and resolves quickly. During treatment is a time of relaxation. In fact many people even fall asleep.
4. What is DeQi and what does it feel like?
DeQi is the arrival of Qi. It most commonly feels like an aching, soreness, heaviness, pressure, numbness/tingling, distention, or sensation of warmth or coolness.
5. What is Qi?
Qi is the vital life force or energy that flows through our bodies and has many functions. If Qi is not functioning or flowing properly, it results in pain and illness.
6. What happens once the needles are in?
Once the needles for your specific treatment are in place, they are left in for 20-30 minutes while you rest. I check in periodically to ensure your continuing comfort and adjust any needles as necessary.
7. Are there any side effects to acupuncture?
After a treatment it is possible for someone to feel fatigued, light headed, have some small bruising, muscle soreness or twitching, and maybe even an emotional response. Side effects usually resolve quickly and are not too bothersome.
8. Is there anything I need to do to prepare for my treatment?
Yes, it is good to have eaten 1-3 hours before treatment and not to come to treatment physically depleted, after intense exercise, or under the influence.
9. What should I do after my treatment?
It is best to have a lighter schedule after treatment so your body can rest and let the treatment settle.
10. How often do I need to have treatment?
A treatment plan is customized for each individual depending on their situation. In the beginning, treatments are more frequent and closer together in order to build on the progress made and solidify the results. Generally it is recommended to commit to treatment once weekly for 4-6 weeks. If needed, further recommendations will be made after the initial 4-6 treatments. Acute conditions can recover in 6-8 treatments and chronic conditions may take 8 or more.
11. What is cupping?
Cupping is the process of using cups (glass or silicone) and suction to resolve stagnation, draw out pathogens, bring warmth to the area, and increase the flow of Qi and Blood. The cups can be left in place for 5-15 minutes or moved around the body in a sliding motion.
12. What are the benefits of cupping?
Cupping relaxes the muscles, decreases pain, improves circulation, and sedates the nervous system. It also clears and opens the lungs which helps with colds, coughs, asthma, and phlegm.
13. What are the marks caused by cupping?
The cupping marks are not bruises but stagnant blood, cellular debris, pathogens, or toxins brought to the surface for the lymphatic system to clear away. They are not painful and disappear in 7-10 days. The marks can vary in color and intensity depending on ones' constitution, the severity of the condition, and how long it has been present.