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How does acupuncture feel?

Upon needle insertion, some patients feel a momentary tingling sensation or heaviness; some feel nothing at all.  Needles are typically retained in place for 20-30 minutes, during which time most patients relax, meditate or fall asleep.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, disposable needles into the body at specific points that have been empirically proven to be effective for the condition being treated.  Stress, trauma, unhealthy eating habits, overwork or overindulgence, among other things, can lead to obstruction of the body’s energy or Qi.  Acupuncture’s goal is to insert needles along the pathways of Qi, or meridians, to stimulate the body to naturally eliminate such obstruction and to re-establish free flow of Qi.

How long is a course of treatment?

The number of treatments required depends on several factors—the length & severity of the complaint, the extent to which activities and lifestyle patterns exacerbate the problem, and an individual’s age, constitution and overall state of health.  While acute conditions may resolve rapidly with treatment, long-standing chronic conditions often require treatments over a longer period of time.  A course of treatment for such conditions typically involves ten to twelve sessions.

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

According to Chinese medical theory, the presence of any pain or illness is an indication that the energy which flows through the body, known as “Qi,” is weakened or obstructed.  Traditional Chinese Medicine or “TCM”, of which acupuncture & herbal therapy are components, works by re-balancing the body’s Qi.

This ancient holistic medicine has been recognized by the World Health Organization to be effective in treating various common disorders and has been increasingly integrated in mainstream healthcare in the United States and Europe in recent years. TCM emphasizes not only the restoration of health, but also the prevention of disease.  Increasingly, many individuals are turning to TCM on a regular basis as part of their health maintenance regime.

Why use Chinese herbs?

Chinese herbal formulas can be tailored to a patient’s specific condition, and as such, they strongly complement acupuncture treatments.  They can be taken in a variety of forms to suit one’s lifestyle.  These Chinese herbal remedies support the natural processes of the body without toxic side effects or damage to the liver.