Acupuncture needles are hair thin and flexible. The sensation is nothing like getting a shot with a hypodermic syringe. It is common to feel temporary sensations like numbness, distension, or tingling around the site of needling. Acupuncture is very relaxing for many patients, it is not uncommon for them to fall asleep on the treatment table. If a needle becomes too uncomfortable it will be removed at the request of the patient. For the truly needle phobic, other modalities are offered such as cupping, gua sha, and acupressure.
Frequently Asked Questions
With acupressure, usually one to a very few points can be stimulated at one time. Needling a point combination causes a synergistic effect and the point pattern can be “held” for the duration of treatment if desired.
A needle can go to the depth it is needed, deep into a joint for example. There is thought to be a resonance of tissues in acupuncture – muscle tissue is needled to treat muscle injury.
Acupuncture is extremely safe when performed by a licensed acupuncturist. Acupuncturists are taught the exact location of a point as well as correct needling depth. Because needles do penetrate the skin the procedure does carry some inherent risk but consider this:
• In the seventeen years that the NCCAOM has certified over 10,000 individuals in acupuncture, NCCAOM has never had reason to take action against a Diplomate due to negligent or harmful treatment to a patient.
-National Acupuncture Foundation
• Commenting on the relative safety of acupuncture compared with other treatments, the NIH consensus panel stated that “adverse side effects of acupuncture are extremely low and often lower than conventional treatments.”
Wear loose comfortable clothing with sleeves able to roll up to elbows, and pant legs able to roll to knees. Have a snack or a light meal a couple to a few hours before treatment. Resume normal activity after treatment but avoid anything which might aggravate your condition, if possible.
The answer depends on your general health, the nature or severity of illness or injury, and your goals. Acute problems of a minor nature can often be significantly improved or resolved in one or a few treatments. Chronic problems require longer treatment. Some choose to manage the symptoms of a degenerative illness with regular treatment and acupuncture is an excellent at treating side effects of western medical interventions (nausea from chemo for example). Prevention is the ultimate goal of Chinese medicine. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s own healing mechanisms and an acupuncture “tune-up” will optimize your health.
A private acupuncture appointment costs $60. First treatment usually takes 1-1.5 hours and include intake forms, consultation and patient instructions. Treatment may also include non-needle techniques as deemed necessary by the acupuncturist. Follow up treatments are 45 min to an hour. Recommended herbs/ supplements are optional and are not included in treatment fee.
Community Acupuncture $30
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