What should I do to prepare for treatment?
For your first treatment be sure to read and fill out the ‘New Patient Information’ packet. It is best to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing that allows access to the arms and lower legs. Eat a small but not too filling meal at least 1-2 hours before your appointment, try to avoid caffeine, and be sure to drink a sufficient amount of water.
Does acupuncture hurt?
No. Acupuncture uses very fine filiform needles that are solid instead of hollow like the hypodermic needles used by doctors and dentists. Some people don’t even feel the insertion at all. Occasionally, some may experience a brief twinge or mild pinching sensation as the needles are inserted. Your feedback helps determine the appropriate treatment for your comfort level as it is common for the needles to stimulate sensations such as warmth, coolness, pressure, or a dull ache. These feelings are therapeutic and normal reactions to the body recalibrating the flow of energy. Often times patients become so relaxed they fall asleep during treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
This answer varies from person to person based on the severity and timeline of the condition. Most people receive weekly treatment for six to ten weeks, but some issues may take longer to treat while others can clear up faster than usual. A sudden onset or acute situation may require twice weekly treatment in the beginning, while a chronic, stubborn, condition often calls for a longer duration of treatment. Many patients prefer continuing weekly appointment to suit their epic and sometimes hectic lifestyles, while others usually book monthly maintenance appointments (unless new symptoms arise). We will periodically review your progress and work together to ensure the best course of action for you and your desired results.
Is it safe?
Absolutely! Acupuncturists spend many hours studying the human body in courses such as basic anatomy & physiology, living anatomy, point location, needling techniques and… The needles are very small, made from sterile surgical steel and are only used once. They don’t tear the skin or cause bleeding, which allows for painless acupuncture.
Does acupuncture work?
Yes. Evidence-based research and controlled trials have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment for numerous diseases and conditions. Read more about what acupuncture treats.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
Acupuncture has extensive benefits for both men and women. Learn more about the benefits of acupuncture here.
What is integrative and functional medicine?
Integrative and functional medicine utilizes ancient wisdom and modern science to create a more comprehensive approach to healing. Using western medical lab analysis, with more finely tuned 'normal limit' values, we can get to the root of imbalances via testing for things like digestive dysfunction, parasites, hormone imbalances and more.