Acupuncture FAQs

What is it?
Acupuncture is a Chinese medical technique involving the insertion and manipulation of very fine needles. Chinese medicine sees the mind and body as a fully integrated system, which can be treated via special channels that facilitate communication throughout the mind and body. Acupuncture uses points along these channels to treat many health conditions. Examples include asthma, arthritis, morning sickness, menopausal symptoms, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic and acute pain conditions, depression and more.

Other potential adjunctive techniques include cupping, where suction is created inside a small cup to loosen tight and/or congested areas of the body, and Gua Sha, where a smooth, curved surface is scraped along the skin to break up muscle tension and poor circulation.


Does it hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very thin. You may experience a brief, mild, tingling or dull sensation as energy flows to the affected area. Most patients feel deeply relaxed during treatment. Please tell your practitioner if any discomfort lasts more than a few minutes.

What can I expect?
Your first appointment lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours, and is spent discussing current and past health issues to determine the best course of treatment, and includes an acupuncture treatment. Follow up treatments last from 45 mins to 1 hour.

Very thin, sterile, disposable, single-use acupuncture needles are gently inserted at very specific points along acupuncture pathways/meridians of the body, inducing a physiological response which directs the flow of energy, removes blockages, and corrects imbalances.

How many follow up appointments will I need?
The number of treatments depends on factors such as severity and length of time of your issue(s), age, current overall health condition, lifestyle, etc.

How does acupuncture work?
According to Eastern medicine, pain or illness occur when energy becomes blocked, misdirected, or imbalanced.
Acupuncture works through sending signals via insertion of thin needles to release blockages, redirect energy and correct imbalances.

Example of factors that may contribute to a blockage or imbalance:
* physical and/or emotional trauma
* genetic predisposition
* environmental stressors/allergens
* lifestyle, nutrition, and work habits
* chemical, physical, and/or emotional stress

What conditions can Acupuncture Treat?
Just some of the diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment (source: World Health Organization) include:

Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Knee/Low Back/Neck Pain
Correction of Malposition of Fetus
Morning Sickness
Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
Periarthritis of shoulder
Postoperative pain
Renal colic
Rheumatoid arthritis
Tennis elbow

How much does it cost? Rates