Q: How does acupuncture work?
Quite simply, acupuncture brings the body back into an energetically balanced state. Acupuncture points are located along channels or pathways throughout the body. Needles are inserted along those channels according to Chinese medical diagnoses to alter blood flow and generate an overall balance in the body. Dana will customize your treatment based on the pattern of your whole body, which she gathers from your intake.
Q: What are acupuncture needles? Do they hurt and are they safe?
A: All of our needles are one-time use only and are sterile. They are flexible and hair thin, ranging from .12mm to .35mm. The body of the needle is solid unlike conventional needles, which are hollow. The feeling of needle insertion varies with each individual, some do not feel anything, while others compare it to a mosquito bite. Once the needles are in, patients may experience “de qi,” which is a heavy, dull ache or “buzzing” sensation. Generally, most of our patients fall asleep during the treatment. After treatment, many people tend to feel extremely relaxed and describe it as hitting the reset button on the body.
Q: What can I expect during my appointment?
A: Your initial appointment will be between 75 and 90 minutes. We will get to know you during a 30 to 45-minute intake session then spend 5-8 minutes doing needle insertion. You will then rest with the acupuncture needles in for 15 to 40 minutes, depending upon the type of treatment you are receiving. Follow up treatments will last an hour. They will consist of a 5 to 15-minute intake and a 30 to 45 minute relaxation period with the needles.
Q: What conditions can be treated with Acupuncture?
A: The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends acupuncture for respiratory diseases from asthma to the common cold. Dental issues such as toothaches and even gingivitis can also be alleviated by acupuncture. Patients suffering from a number of orthopedic issues, gastrointestinal disorders, and neurologic issues have seen relief from this procedure.