Frequently Asked Questions
Is acupuncture painful?
Acupuncture is not at all like getting an injection or taking blood. Acupuncture needles are about the diameter of a hair and are very fine and flexible. When inserted by a skilled practitioner, there is usually minimal to no discomfort. A patient may feel a needle slightly more if the area is very blocked, but will feel nothing after the insertion. Most patients find acupuncture to be relaxing and may even fall asleep during their treatment.
How will I be diagnosed?
Your practitioner will ask you a detailed list of questions to determine the true nature of your complaint, including inquiries into your sleep, eating, digestion, thirst, bowel movements, urination, pains, sweats and emotions. Your practitioner will also palpate your pulses on both wrists, and look at your tongue color, shape and coating. This information will then be organized into patterns and a diagnosis and treatment plan will be constructed.
Will I have to get acupuncture?
I'm afraid of needles! No. Once a diagnosis has been made, you will then discuss the best options for treatment with your practitioner. If acupuncture is indicated, there are always alternatives for acupuncture needles, like using heat therapy, cupping, or laser therapy
How do I know the needles are clean?
Check with your practitioner to make sure that they use sterile disposable needles.
What should I look for in a practitioner?
Look into these areas to find the right practitioner for you:
- recognized education
- clean environment
- good communication with yourself
- clinic style that you feel comfortable with (i.e. stays in the treatment room with you, is easy to contact, has compatible hours)
- ability to answer your questions
- How many treatments will I need? Although many conditions are treated with just one or a few treatments, some conditions require a longer treatment period. Generally, the rule of thumb is that the more recent the ailment, the shorter the treatment time and the fewer treatments needed.