Common questions about acupuncture:

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments depends upon the duration, severity and nature of your complaint. You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition or five to fifteen for more severe and chronic issues. In general, initial treatments are once a week for three to eight weeks. At that point it may be determined if further treatment or maintenance is necessary. It is also possible to receive more than one treatment a week depending upon the condition.

Will the treatment hurt?

Most patients find the treatments calming and relaxing. Acupuncture pins are tiny, about the size of a human hair. I only use new, sterilized, disposable pins.  You may not feel anything when a pin is inserted, or you may have a sensation of warmth, heaviness, tingling or aching.

What are Chinese herbs?

Chinese herbs are supplemental and stand-alone treatments for health ailments. They typically consist of a mix of herbs, roots and other natural ingredients. Two-thousand years of Eastern practice and recent Western medicine research testing have both proven the benefits of Chinese herbs for a wide-variety of illnesses and ailments. I commonly prescribe granule or capsulized formulas for convenience.

Can I take Chinese herbs with Western medications?

Always consult with your acupuncturist about combining Chinese herbs with Western medications. Many Chinese herbs fulfill similar functions as over the counter medications and it is important that your we know your full medical history before recommending treatment.

How often should I make appointments? How many will it take?

Your appointment schedule depends upon your treatment plan which is informed by your constitutional health, the severity and duration of condition. Chronic illness may take longer, more frequent treatments, while some people find once or twice a month appointments sufficient for maintaining optimal health.