Acupuncture FAQ

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is composed of 5 Elements: Herbal Therapy, Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Massage (Tui Na) & Tai Chi/Qi Gong. Acupuncture is recorded in the oldest medical textbook in the world, the 4,700 year old Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine. It is based on theories by Shen Nung, the father of Chinese Medicine, who believed that the body has an energy force running through it known as Qi.A person's health is influenced by the flow of Qi in the body in combination with the universal forces of Yin & Yang. If the flow of Qi is insufficient, unbalanced or interrupted, Yin & Yang become unbalanced, and illness may occur. Qi travels throughout the body along meridians & acupuncture points are specific locations along these meridians.

What Does Acupuncture Treat?
The World Health Organization has determined that acupuncture is an effective therapy for over 200 clinical conditions, including:
  1. Backache & Sprains
  2. Insomnia & Low Energy
  3. Digestion & Stomach Disorders
  4. Neck & Shoulder Pain
  5. Repetitive Stress Syndrome (including carpal tunnel syndrome)
  6. Migraines & Headaches
  7. Alcohol, Food, & Tobacco Addiction
  8. Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis
  9. Respiratory Problems
  10. Gynecological Disorders
  11. Circulatory Disorders
  12. Nervous System Disorder

    How Does Acupuncture Help?
    Acupuncture works to redirect and rebalance Qi & Blood. Qi & Blood travel in well-defined pathways throughout the body and link with the skin, muscles, organs, brain and uterus. Pain, illness and discomfort are symptoms of blocked or disrupted energy flow & the causes and origins of any blockage determine which acupuncture points will be stimulated. As harmonious flow is restored, the entire body benefits and symptoms tend to disappear. Herbal Medicine can increase the effectiveness of your acupuncture treatment & is often the primary treatment for chronic internal medical disorders.

    About The Exam & Consultation:
    An exam includes your medical history & diagnostic tests. We will assess the appearance of the face & body, the shape & color of the tongue, the quality of the pulse, and the feel of areas such as the abdomen & back. During treatment you will lay comfortably with a warm cover & you will be dressed unless an area of the body needs to be exposed during treatment. We ensure we have a complete record of your health to evaluate your condition & treat specifically for your needs.

    Is Acupuncture Safe?
    Yes. Acupuncture has no unpleasant side effects & does not interfere with any medical treatment you may already be receiving. Occasionally patients may get a small local bruise or feel light-headed for a few moments. The acupuncture itself is as gentle or strong as the patient needs. Highly sensitive patients only require a very light touch in order to get results. There is usually an overall sense of deep relaxation.

    Please note: Our needles are sterile, are almost as thin as a human hair, are not hypodermic and are only used one time. Bleeding rarely occurs, unless done so on purpose in specific situations. Even then the amount is minimal and in no way dangerous.

    Our Treatment Modalities:
    The insertion of thin, stainless steel needles into selected points on the body to tonify, sedate & recirculate Qi & blood.
    The herb Artemisia Vulgaris is burned over certain areas or points to warm the body, expel cold, disperse damp and move qi & blood.
    A vacuum is created in a glass cup using fire. The cup is then placed on a body part to draw out pathogenic factors such as wind, cold, damp & heat.
    Gua Sha
    This simple & ancient technique uses a soft-edged tool to scrape the skin to expedite the healing process or to relieve pain & tension.
    Electrical Stimulation
    The use of electrodes to enhance needle sensation is used to relieve muscular tension & treat neurolgical disorders.

    Treatment Rates:
    Initial Consulation with Treatment: $110

    Follow-Up Treatments: $60

    Cancellation Policy:
    Please respect our 12-hour Cancellation Policy for all treatments. We charge half of the fee for cancellations made within a 12-hour period or for no shows.