Common Questions

Do the needles hurt? 

It’s the first question everyone asks. Our fear goes up as we envision the standard hypodermic needle. However, in the case of acupuncture needles they are extremely thin (the diameter of a single hair) and pretty painless. It's common to feel a slight dull ache or heavy sensation at the site for a few moments; this is normal and expected. Needles are inserted at varying depths depending on the anatomy. 


What is a typical treatment like? 

For the first treatment, we start with a thorough intake to discuss your health history and current issues, and to devise a treatment plan. Diagnostics are helpful in pinpointing the pattern presentation. These include assessment of the pulses, a visual of the tongue, and palpation of both the abdomen and the extremities. Once the diagnosis has been made, I will select acupuncture points and begin the needling process. The number of needles utilized will depend on various factors. I will always check in with you and make sure we are at your comfort level. Before leaving the room, I apply a heat lamp to your feet, turn the lights down and turn on music in the background. Needles are left in for about 30 minutes. During this time most people feel completely relaxed and fall asleep. Needles are then removed. At this time I will make recommendations or give lifestyle advice for your specific case. 


How many sessions are needed? 

For acute conditions it may take only a few treatments to feel relief, but for chronic, long-term issues it may require multiple treatments for 6 weeks to 3 months or longer. It really depends on your specific case, the severity, and your willingness to follow recommendations that assist with the healing process. We will create a treatment plan at your first appointment to clarify expectations. The good news is that consistency pays off and people do get better! 


What are some of the benefits I can expect?

  • Reduction or elimination of pain
  • More energy
  • Improved immune function
  • Balanced emotions
  • Increased ability to manage stress
  • Improved digestion and elimination
  • Better sleep
  • Regulated menstrual cycles 
  • Body temperature modulation
  • Improved focus and concentration
  • Better fluid metabolism and regulation