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Below you will find answers to the most common questions asked about acupuncture and our services. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

CAN I BENEFIT FROM ACUPUNCTURE IF I AM NOT SICK?

Yes, acupuncture is relaxing it has an overall effect on the entire system, especially when it comes to combating stress. As a result, people can benefit from regular acupuncture sessions to maintain health by alleviating stress factors, promoting healthy function, supporting the immune system and improving overall energy, promoting healthy sleep patterns and elevating an individual’s sense of health and well being.



DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
Most patients find acupuncture relaxing and some even fall asleep during treatments. While there can be a sensation with the superficial insertion of acupuncture needles, it is usually not described as pain. Acupuncture needles are very fine and are inserted just underneath the skin so that with the very quick insertion they are hardly felt at all.



HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
Acupuncture needles act as conductors for the connective tissues, which make up the largest organ in the body.  When needles are inserted at specific location sites that correspond to the greater channels that span the entire body, a current in created which stimulates to movement of qi, blood and body fluids along these channels. Acupuncture works to create movement in the body where stagnation has caused disease and pain.



DO I HAVE TO BELIEVE IN ACUPUNCTURE FOR IT TO WORK?
Absolutely not - acupuncture is not a belief system or religion. It works by stimulating the healing and homeostatic processes the body already relies upon to maintain health and recover from illness. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to help billions of people.  It also works on animals. You need only believe it will help you enough to come in for treatments and follow through with your treatment plan.



HOW WILL I KNOW THAT ACUPUNCTURE IS WORKING FOR ME?
It is your body - you live it, feel it, and experience it with every breath. If acupuncture treatments are working for you, how could you not know?



I AM PREGNANT - CAN I HAVE ACUPUNCTURE OR TAKE HERBS?
Pregnant women are frequent visitors to our clinic. Chinese medicine has a long history of supporting women through their pregnancy. We treat morning sickness so that you can have a strong appetite and keep yourself well nourished. There are formulas specifically designed to support a mother through her pregnancy and help with delivery, as well as addressing post-partum issues.



DOES CHINESE MEDICINE TREAT TRAUMA?
Chinese Medicine is very effective at treating trauma. Using acupuncture we can facilitate healing of the connective tissue and guard against the formation of adhesions and scar tissue, we also have bone knitting formulas to help heal fractures, as well as other external applications of herbs that you can use at home. We have secrets that no one else knows about…ask us about ice and why we think it harms more than it helps recovery from an injury.



I AM PLANNING ON HAVING SURGERY, CAN I STILL BENEFIT FROM ACUPUNCTURE OR HERBS?
We treat surgery like we treat any other trauma to the body, the only difference is that if you have a scheduled surgery you have the advantage that we can help you prepare your body to heal and recover as quickly as possible. We also address the imbalances that gave rise to the need for surgery in the first place.



I FEEL SICK TODAY, SHOULD I CANCEL MY APPOINTMENT?
No. Often people think they need to cancel their appointment because they have a cold or the flu but we can help! For at least two thousand years, Chinese Medicine has been focused primarily on treating infectious diseases.  Even in American acupuncture schools today, the first herbs and formulas students learn are ones for treating colds and flus. So if you have a cold and feel you can make it in to the clinic, please come in as we can help you feel better much more quickly.  Kick that cold today so it does not linger into next week.



CAN CHILDREN BENEFIT FROM ACUPUNCTURE?
Children’s conditions change much faster than adults and thus they respond very well to acupuncture. We treat children of any age and can treat infants by treating breastfeeding mothers. We do not need to use needles to treat children as all of our practitioners have been trained to use gentle pediatric techniques that involve stimulating channels with the hands or other effective tools. Massage is often taught to the parents to use on their children at home. We also carry a wonderful line of glycerin-based tinctures that are very sweet and easy to take.



HOW OFTEN SHOULD I COME?
Depending on your chief complaint, we will work with you to find a treatment plan that will best treat your condition and fits your lifestyle. For many conditions, you will notice results right away. For other chronic conditions, it may take 8 - 10 treatments to begin seeing change.



WILL I HAVE TO TAKE HERBS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE?
To some degree it depends on the health issues that you are facing.  Generally speaking, acute problems clear up rather quickly. Chronic issues take more time, but unlike many pharmaceutical medicines, in Chinese Medicine, the goal is to help you back into balance and then let your body take it from there.



CAN ACUPUNCTURE MAKE ME LOOK 10 YEARS YOUNGER?
As a matter of fact yes!  We have techniques to reduce fine lines and brighten your complexion and we do it from the inside out. By improving the digestion and fluid metabolism we can reduce sagging and puffiness, by clearing heat we can soften the texture of your skin and by nourishing and moving the blood we can slow signs of aging. By boosting your energy, you will feel 10 years younger as well!



HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
We offer a cash discount if you pay at the time of service: $100 for an Initial Visit and $85 for a Return Visit. Herbal consultations are included with this service at no extra charge. We offer a discounted Community Acupuncture Clinic where we charge $40 per treatment. Herbal Consultations (without acupuncture) are available as well. Please see our fee schedule for more information on our cost of services. We accept insurance and would be happy to check your benefits for you. Call us today!



WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
We require 24 hours notice before rescheduling or canceling an appointment that has been reserved for you. There will be a $40 fee for late changes or missed appointments.



ANYTHING I NEED TO DO BEFORE MY APPOINTMENT?
Go to the Prepare For Your Visit page and please print and fill out our Forms and bring them to your first visit. If you are unable to print these forms please arrive at your appointment 30 minutes early to allow enough time to fill out all of our paperwork. You can also request that the paperwork be mailed to your home if there is enough time before your first visit.

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