What is acupuncture and how does it work?

Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice that contains stimulating certain points on the body, to alleviate pain or to treat various diseases. Developed thousands of years ago, numerous recent studies have found that acupuncture is effective in treating pain and balancing the body.

Traditionally in China doctors were paid just when the clients were healthy, and whenever they were sick, doctor’s payment would stop. That means physicians tried to keep their clients healthy through regular visits and they were paid for health of their clients and not for the sickness and ailment. Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture is basically a lifestyle rather than just a treatment. All diet recommendations, herbal formulas and acupuncture treatments are for keeping the body in balance and healthy condition. As the imbalance may happen in each body system, it can be used for a wide variety of conditions.

What conditions do we treat?

1- Musculoskeletal Pain

2- Insomnia and sleep disorders

3- High stress levels and anxiety

4- Facial rejuvenation and beauty

5- Lose weight

6-Women’s health and P.M.S and menopause problems

7- Fertility support (both male and female)

8- Digestive disorders and constipation

9- Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis supportive help

10- Cancer complementary treatment and boost immune system

Does acupuncture hurt?

Not really if done by an experienced licensed practitioner. Acupuncture needles are very thin, about the width of two hairs. There are certain sensations associated with therapeutic effects of acupuncture. These may include heaviness, distention, tingling, slight cramping or electric, traveling sensations. If any discomfort is experienced, it is usually mild and temporary. Most people are deeply relaxed and/or asleep once all points are placed.

Can acupuncture help me even if I feel healthy?

Absolutely. Many patients come in for regular maintenance treatments to stay in healthy condition so they can fully enjoy life. Acupuncture is a powerful preventative measure to keep patients healthy throughout the year. Acupuncturists see subtle signs of disease processes at work before symptoms begin to interfere with daily life. Chinese medicine effectively addresses these issues, preventing future problems from occurring. Because acupuncture treatments are so deeply relaxing, many patients find regular, maintenance treatments beneficial for stress relief as well.

What is auricular acupuncture?

Auricular acupuncture is the stimulation of acupuncture points on the external ear surface for the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions in other areas of the body. Ear acupuncture has proven to be an efficient method of treating a wide variety of conditions, from headaches and allergies to addictions and pain disorders.

How often should I come?

That depends on what conditions you’re experiencing, how long you have been managing the conditions and how your body responds to treatments. For example, an acute back pain takes 3-5 consecutive visits, whereas a chronic situation usually needs regular treatments spread out over a couple of months.

In general, the body responds more quickly to frequent acupuncture treatments. Once your condition is stabilized, you won’t need to come in as frequently. When you come in for your first treatment, we will discuss a specific treatment plan for you.