Frequently Asked Questions

Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are about the size of a hair. Most of the time patients rarely even know when you have inserted the needle. The only time there can be some discomfort is with certain needle manipulations but this discomfort is very low and passes quickly. There are even some points in more sensitive areas of the body, yet the discomfort at these points also passes quickly. The most common sensations accompanied with acupuncture needle insertion can usually be described as a heavy, dull ache but rarely as sharp or painful.

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How often do I need to come in for a treatment?
Acute problems need to be treated aggressively over a shorter period of time until they are resolved. This would be to come two to three times a week for a couple of weeks. However, for chronic conditions, because they have been an issue in the body for some time, it is recommended to come more consistently over a longer period of time with less frequent treatments. For example, once or twice a month for several months duration.

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How do I prepare for a treatment?
When you schedule an appointment we will email you the appropriate forms that you will need to fill out and return through email or bring at least 15 minutes before your appointment. This gives us a good idea of how we can better treat you, and to know your health history. It is also recommended that you wear loose fitting clothing that can be rolled up to reach certain areas commonly needled such as the forearm, lower leg, abdomen, and the back. It is also important to eat something at least an hour prior to your treatment to avoid any adverse reactions.

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What if I need to cancel/reschedule my appointment?
We recommend that canceling/rescheduling appointments be done at least 24 hours in advanced of your appointment time. This makes it fair to other patients who might need to make an appointment.

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When do I need to arrive for my appointment?
It is best that you arrive early for your appointment and at least 15 minutes for new patients. Due to the hour-long duration of treatment times, we also recommend that you do not show up later than 15 minutes. Because Chinese Medicine thrives on being comprehensive, showing up late takes away from the quality of your own treatment. Anyone showing up later than 15 minutes will have their appointment rescheduled for another time.

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What should I expect from my first treatment?
During your first treatment we will generally spend a little longer time getting a good idea of your current symptoms, life-style habits, and other physical and emotional presentations. We also will spend some time examining your tongue, pulse, and any factor that may contribute to where your health is at that moment. This first treatment will lay the foundations for subsequent treatments.

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