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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Acupuncture Painful?

Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible unlike the hard and thicker needles that are used in hospitals, therefore when inserted into the skin it would be virtually painless. Some people would experience a heaviness or warmness at the site of insertion. Most patients find the acupuncture session very relaxing and often times fall asleep.

How does Acupuncture work? Is there some kind of medicine on those needles?

No, there isn't any medicine on any of the disposable acupuncture needles that we use. Acupuncture works by balancing the internal energy that has a connection to the internal organs of the body and this energy has specific pathways where each internal organ travels. For example: The heart pumps the blood and the blood goes all over the body to nourish the muscle, bones, tendons, etc. in a specific pathway. It's like driving down the highway with different specific exits to reach your destination.

I have had low back pain for years, how long should I go for treatment?

Most patients come for treatment for a quick relief from pain and discomfort. When symptoms are severe, frequent visits 2-3 times a week may be necessary to allow you to feel better faster. Repeated visits over the next few weeks or months may be needed to reduce the symptoms of pain. Every person is different so your treatment is individualized according to the severity of the problem.

What other medical conditions can Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine help?

Acupuncture is recognized to be effective in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Gastrointestinal conditions such as food allergies. peptic ulcers, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastritis, colitis and IBS

  • Urogenital conditions such as stress incontinence, urinary tract infections and sexual dysfunction

  • Gynecological conditions such as infertility, pre-menstrual syndrome and irregular, heavy or painful periods

  • Respiratory conditions such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies, bronchitis, influenza and the common cold

  • Problems with bones, muscles, joints and nervous system such as arthritis, migraines, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness, lower back, neck and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel, Bells' palsy, fibromyalgia, sciatica

  • Circulatory conditions such as hypertension, angina, arteriosclerosis and anemia

  • Emotional and Psychological conditions such as panic attacks, anxiety, and depression

  • Addictions to alcohol, drugs and tobacco

  • Ear, Nose and Throat disorders

  • It can provide support for other chronic problems such as Cancer chemotherapy side effects, SAD, MS and obesity

  • Women who have infertility issues can also be helped by using acupuncture and herbs to strengthen a deficiency and/or calm down an excess condition