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frequently asked questions

How does acupuncture work?

Energy in the body flows in pathways and when these pathways are not free and open, there is imbalance ranging from mild discomfort to serious diseases. Acupuncture is the practice of inserting very fine needles into the body to allow the energy to flow freely in the channels.

Blockages, or “stagnation,” can take many forms.  Some are physical such as pain, arthritis, and inflammatory conditions.  Others are emotional like depression, anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


What is Classical Acupuncture?

Advanced Acupuncture, sometimes called Classical Acupuncture is a term that implies the use of all the channels of acupuncture and differs from modern acupuncture (‘Traditional Chinese Medicine’) which treats fewer channels. Advanced acupuncture is an ancient, highly sophisticated, stand-alone practice. It works to identify the underlying causes of disease and help patients transform their habits and beliefs in order to produce systemic change.

At the core of ancient Chinese Medicine is the belief that there is a pure intelligence at work creating and sustaining all life on this planet. Thus, the energy, or ‘Qi’ (pronounced ‘Chi’), that flows through us has a potent healing capacity.  The role of the practitioner is to assist the body in its response to pathology, by providing the body with the resources that it needs and by restoring the natural balance of the mind-body-spirit continuum.

How should I prepare for a session?

You must have eaten something, do not come fasting, and avoid alcohol before and after your appointment. I will watch your tongue at every appointment, so if you can avoid scraping your tongue, or eating or drinking exceptionally colorful foods or drinks shortly before your appointment, that would be preferable.


Does acupuncture hurt?

No, it usually doesn't hurt. If there is any discomfort, it usually lasts very little, just a few seconds.

Most treatments produce a feeling of relaxation after the session, and many patients report feeling much more "like themselves" or remembering who they really are.


Is acupuncture safe? 

When performed by a properly trained and licensed acupuncturist, it is very safe.


How often should I go? 

Typically, acupuncture treatments are administered 1-2 times per week.  The exact length of treatment varies from case to case and usually depends on the disorder, your baseline level of health, and how well you maintain the recommended diet and lifestyle changes. For acute conditions, one to a few treatments may be needed, while chronic conditions may require several weeks or months of treatment.  



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