Here are some general questions I often get asked about acupuncture. If you have any specific questions you would like to ask me, please call or email me. My telephone and the form for submitting your question(s) can be found here: Contact
Why Should I Try Acupuncture?
It's Safe and it's Effective!
By properly inserting these hair thin filaments into the proper acupuncture points, many or most cases of pain or dysfunction will improve or disappear completely. Often, we can help not only with the main problem you came in with, but other health issues you may have thought couldn't be helped. Drugs and surgery can be life saving and necessary treatments. When they perform optimally we are grateful for their use. However, they often do not perform optimally and the side effects can leave a patient worse off then when they first sought treatment. Unless your condition doesn't lend itself to acupuncture treatment (and most do), why not pick the therapy that is very safe and health restorative? All the needles are sterilized and disposable. I insert approximately 40,000 per year and have never had a patient complain of even an infection. It is possible to have a slight bruise for a few days. I probably see one in every 150 patent visits. In rare circumstances, it is also possible to have a slight aggravation before there is relief. Other than these rare aggravations, which may last a day or two, I have never had someone's condition worsen as a result of my treatment.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Most everything that happens in your body is occurring because neurons are conducting electrical signals between the brain and every cell in you body. Your body is magnificent at keeping itself alive and functioning. However, due to hazards such as physical trauma, poor diet, emotional duress, chronic stress, or toxic chemicals, our bodies are not always able to fully self correct. They sometimes need help! The Chinese have long recognized that energy in the body tends to follow specific pathways or "meridians". These meridians are really no more complicated than what we in the West recognize as a higher concentration of nerve impulses and blood flow. When the body is not functioning properly it is usually because the energy in these meridians is either flowing too much or too little. By inserting hair thin filaments into key points on the body, we encourage the body to re-establish its normal, healthy flow of energy. Symptoms then begin to disappear.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
This is a difficult question to answer. Some people respond very suddenly, some people take several treatments before getting the results they want, and still others must come in frequently to maintain the level of health and comfort they are seeking. In general, I like to have someone come in a couple of times per week for two weeks to "get the ball rolling in the right direction" and then taper back to a point where improvement continues to occur. I always endeavor to get results right away and often the results are very substantial. It is very common that someone arrives in a great deal of pain and leaves with a 50-100% reduction of pain. Often the pain will return to some degree, but with follow-up treatments, the pain usually continues to diminish and their level of health continues to improve. Most of the time, when health has been restored, the patient does not need to return for regular treatments. The health improvements they receive are theirs to keep.
Does Acupuncture Heal Symptoms Or Just Cover Them Up?
The goal of acupuncture is to treat the "root" of illness, not just mask symptoms. Holistic medicine endeavors to bring the whole body to a greater level of health so that the body is better able to heal itself.
Where Did Acupuncture Come From?
Acupuncture originated in China up to 5,000 years ago. The ancient Chinese began the study of how energy travels through the body and how, by stimulating certain points, health can be improved. This ancient healing art has evolved significantly throughout history and leaves us with the modern acupuncture we enjoy today.
Is It True That Acupuncture Can Be Used As Anesthesia For Surgery?
Yes. Acupuncture has a profound pain relieving ability. Often, a patient's pain can be blocked enough to perform major surgery with only acupuncture anesthesia. For patients who have a bad reaction to or are unable to receive standard chemical anesthesia, this can be a godsend. It is also very valuable is cases where it is necessary for the patient to be awake during the surgery.