Frequently asked questions
Does acupuncture help with pain?
As your acupuncturist, I remind your body of its natural healing capacity. This is done by gently waking up certain areas with acupuncture and other Chinese medical modalities. The immediate goal is to stop pain. This is done my stimulating the body to produce endorphins, which are natural painkillers 1,000 times stronger than morphine. Acupuncture can then activate tissue regeneration in areas that have been frozen in scar tissue for years. Once these areas become more alive, the practitioner and patient begin to peel back the layers of the onion until the original injury is discovered and allowed to heal.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Many people do not realize that acupuncture needles are hair-thin, sterile and only used once. They are carefully placed on the skin and tapped into place. Most people do not report pain. Instead there are some interesting sensations that occur when the blockages in a person’s body begin to open up. Sometimes it is like a tingling sensation, which travels, or it can feel like a heavy sensation in a limb. These are both signs that the medicine is working!
Is acupuncture good for my immune system?
Acupuncture mobilizes white blood cells (WBCs) that are the guardians of our immune system. With the combination of Chinese herbs and acupuncture, colds and flu are treated with the effective strength that antibiotics kill bacteria. Often with regular treatment, the body is simply stronger and more able to fight off illness. Autoimmune diseases can also be treated with protocols, which give the body back its inner balance and allow healing to occur.
Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy and with children?
Yes, acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for nausea, back pain, breech babies and ripening for labor. Weekly treatments are recommended throughout pregnancy for optimum pre-natal health. Children’s bodies also respond very quickly to acupuncture or acupressure, depending on their age. Many children’s diseases such as constipations, earaches, allergies, cough and ADD/ADHD can be treated safely and effectively with acupuncture and herbal medicine.