Frequently asked questions about Acupuncture 

What’s the difference between “one on one acupuncture” and “community style acupuncture”?

You will meet with the acupuncturist to discuss your health condition and your health goals. She will make a plan to best help you achieve those goals. In some cases community acupuncture is the best and most effective choice. In more complex cases, one on one acupuncture may be more appropriate. In a community acupuncture setting people are treated in a group setting in a shared space. In a one on one acupuncture treatment the acupuncturist works with one individual at a time on a table in a private room.

Is Acupuncture effective? 

Acupuncture is one of the oldest health and wellness practices known on earth. Billions of people have benefited from acupuncture treatment over thousands of years. Acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organization as being effective in the treatment of many common health concerns including: allergic rhinitis, depression, dysmenorrhea, facial pain, headache, essential hypertension, induction of labor, knee pain, low back pain, malposition of fetus, nausea & vomiting, neck pain, rheumatoid arthritis, sprain, and stroke. Acupuncture's therapeutic effect has also been demonstrated in cases of: abdominal pain, acne, alcohol dependence, bells palsy, bronchial asthma, diabetes mellitus (non-insulin dependent), earache, female infertility, insomnia, labor pain, deficient lactation, obesity, drug dependence, polycystic ovarian syndrome, premenstrual syndrome, prostatitis, recurrent urinary tract infection, sore throat, and tobacco dependence. A more exhaustive list of conditions effectively treated with acupuncture is available through the World Health Organization.

How long will it take to see results? 

You may have results after a single treatment or you may need to create some healing momentum with a series of treatments. Some people find it is very helpful to have acupuncture weekly for chronic concerns, other people will receive treatment twice a week for a period of time. It takes time for many health problems to develop and it may take some time to restore balance.

How does acupuncture work? 

There are many theories as to how acupuncture relieves and blocks pain as well as how it treats other conditions. From the perspective of modern western medicine there is interference with nerve signals and a response to “micro trauma.” From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine the acupuncture needles affect and redirect Qi in the body to move that which has become stuck, calm what is agitated, settle the rebellious, and smooth what has become chaotic.