Q: What should I do before acupuncture or herbal treatment?
A: Avoid alcohol and food or drinks which color your tongue (such as coffee) immediately prior to treatment. If you are visiting after a meal, make sure it is light; digestion will alter the pattern of your pulse.
Q: What will I feel like after the treatment?
A: Relaxed and calm. Occasionally you may feel tired or drowsy for a few hours if the treatment has been particularly strong. We will give you time after your treatment to relax and find your center.
Q: Are the needles sterile?
A: Absolutely. Only the highest quality stainless steel disposable needles are used. These come in pre-sterilized sealed packets and are discarded after use.
Q: How many treatments are necessary and how often will I have to visit?
A: Most patients feel relief after 8-10 visits. Visits last about 1 hour.
Q: Can acupuncture treatment help with non-physical problems?
A: Of course it can. We believe that the body is both spiritual and physical. Acupuncture treats both sides of the issue, whereas traditional western medicine only treats one.
Q: Should I tell my doctor that I am going to acupuncture?
A: If you are receiving treatment from your doctor; tell him or her about your plans to have acupuncture. Most doctors feel the acupuncture is a good well time tested method that works well with Western medicine. Please tell your acupuncturist about any medication you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.
Q: I am taking prescription medication, should I keep taking it?
A: Yes, at least until a careful conversation is had with your doctor or the practitioner who prescribed the medication. Many people seek the help of an acupuncturist because of disappointment with drug based treatments. Sometimes drugs do not seem to be working or because the side effects are unacceptable. DO NOT stop taking any medication without professional supervision.
Q: Does it hurt, will I feel pain?
A: Because the needles are about the thinness of a hair, insertion is often hardly felt at all. There may be an intermittent sharpness or a dull twinge, but these feelings are only momentary and far less unpleasant than a Western (needle) injection. The needles are not inserted deep into the skin.
Please contact us to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.
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