Q: WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
A: The use of Acupuncture in China can be traced back at least 2500 years. It is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy (Qi) that flow through the body which are essential for health. Disruptions in the flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture, through the use of thin needles may correct imbalances at identifiable points close to the skin. Acupuncture has been used by millions in the United States.
Q: CAN ACUPUNCTURE HELP MY HEALTH PROBLEMS AND INJURIES?
A: Chinese medicine doesn’t treat illness and disease; it treats the whole person. It treats the body, the mind, and the spirit simultaneously. It works by bringing the individual back into balance and increasing energy levels. Acupuncturists are trained to treat any person who walks through their door. Pain, stress, digestive issues, neurological and musculo-skeletal issues, insomnia, emotional concerns, cancer support, and facial rejuvenation are just a few of the things I’ve treated in my 3 years of clinic experience.
Q: DO THE NEEDLES HURT?
A: The needles used for acupuncture are filoform needles (see comparison image on the right) and don't look anything like the hollow hypodermic needles used for shots, vaccines, and blood tests. Filoform needles are about the width of a human hair. They are so fine, they glide through blood vessels without causing bleeding, in most cases. Many people find acupuncture to be surprisingly painless and the level of relaxation after treatment is deeper than after a massage. If you have any questions, please ask me to demonstrate on myself before you sign up. I am confident any fears or concerns will be alleviated.
Q: ARE THE NEEDLES CLEAN?
A: A Licensed Acupuncturist uses sterile, individually packaged, disposable needles. This eliminates the possibility of infection or transmitting a communicable disease by a contaminated needle.
Q: WHAT IS QI?
A: Some people think of Qi (pronounced Chi) as energy. My teacher Jeffrey Yuen says that Qi is relationship – the exchange or give and take between one thing or person and another. Professor Jiu Zhigao of the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine is doing research currently to document the physical existence of Qi as there are still those in both western and eastern who doubt question its existence. He studies fish because unlike humans, their skin is translucent. See the four photos to the right.
Q: HOW LONG IS THE APPOINTMENT?
A: Treatments take an hour and a half. The initial appointment is two hours
Q: HOW MANY APPOINTMENTS WILL I NEED?
A: That depends on the nature, severity, and duration of your complaint. You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition while a series of 5 to 15 treatments may resolve a chronic problem. Degenerative conditions may require more treatment over time.