ACUPUNCTURE faq's

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If you’re interested in Acupuncture and have questions, we offer free consultations by phone and/or email.

Email is preferred.

 

What Happens Before Treatment?

 

We must first conduct a short intake interview, as well as a basic health consultation. This information is

used to determine a diagnosis before acupuncture is administered.

 

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

 

Acupuncture needles are much thinner than the needles used for injections. If you feel them at all, it will

be a sensation similar to someone pulling a single hair. Most patients don't even feel them go in. Once

they are inserted, you may experience warmth, tingling, numbness, distending or a heavy feeling at the

needle site. This is normal and even desired. In some cases, the needles will be placed at sensitive areas

of the body like the hands and feet, which some people may find uncomfortable.

 

What Can I Expect During Treatment?

 

Once the needles have been inserted, we allow patients to stay for as long as they are comfortable. Needles are typically retained for 30 - 45 minutes, making the total treatment time approximately one hour. Depending on the complexity of symptoms, your treatment may be slightly longer or shorter because it is tailored to your specific needs. 

 

How Long Do Acupuncture Appointments Take?

 

The first appointment is approximately one and a half hours. This includes the initial intake and the acupuncture treatment. Subsequent visits usually take between 45 minutes to an hour.

 

How Many Acupuncture Treatments Will I Need?

 

It depends on what you have going on. If you're being treated for an acute condition, you should see positive results almost immediately. Treatment for an acute condition can be possibly be treated within 2 to 3 visits. However, it is generally more effective to come in several times in one week versus once a week for a month. Chronic conditions are generally treated in course of 8 to 12 weekly treatments.  Recovery may not be achieved until after several courses of treatment, but you should feel a gradual improvement after each visit.

 

How Much Do Acupuncture Treatments Cost?

 

No proof of income is required. We use a honor-based sliding scale from $30-$50 for the first visit and $20-$50 on subsequent visits. Pay what you can.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

 

  • Asthma

  • High or low blood pressure

  • Colds/flu

  • Digestive disorders like constipation or diarrhea

  • Dizziness

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Gynecological disorders

  • Headache

  • Insomnia

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Benign symptoms such as cold hands and feet, night sweats, feeling flushed or a bitter taste in the mouth.

 

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

  • Urinary disorders

  • Infertility

  • Migraines

  • Sports injuries

  • Sciatica

  • Arthritis

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Allergies

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