Frequently Asked Questions
What can Traditional Chinese Medicine treat?
Because Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system there's not much that can't be greatly improved with treatment. The World Health Organization states "acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials to be an effective treatment for the following diseases, symptoms or conditions." The following list is only a brief example of commonly treated conditions and is by no means limited. If you have any specific questions regarding your personal health presentation, feel free to contact us for a complimentary consultation in person or over the phone.
Arthritis - Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout
Back Pain - Spinal Degeneration, Spinal Stenosis, Disk Herniations
Depression & other Mood Disorders
Drug & Alcohol Addiction and Dependency
Fatigue & Low Energy
Fibromyalgia & Plantar Fasciitis
Gastritis, & Peptic Ulcers
IBS & Crohns Disease
Induction of labor
Mal-position of fetus
Men's Health - Prostate health and Sexual Function
Morning Sickness - Nausea and Vomiting
Muscle Tension & Limited Range of Motion
Neck Pain - Acute, Injury or Degeneration
Temporomandibular Dysfunction TMJ/TMD Pain Management
PMS Symptoms & Painful Menstruation
Stress Management & Anxiety
Tennis Elbow & Tendonitis
Is Acupuncture painful?
Some acupuncture needles are as thin as a strand of hair. It is not a painful procedure, in fact you may even fall asleep on the table. You may feel some initial sensations while they are being inserted, sometimes a deep ache in an area or warm sensations, but it should be a comfortable and relaxing experience.
How many treatments will I need?
Treatments plans are based off of an individual's needs. The more frequent treatments you receive, the better the outcome is. Acupuncture works on a cumulative basis especially in the beginning of a course of treatment. Often times I will see a patient once a week for 4-6 weeks, then once every two weeks, and eventually once a month for maintenance appointments which I like to call “tune ups."
What if I have a PCP?
Great, acupuncture can be beneficial on its own or integrated into your already existing health care plan. Please inform me of any other health care systems and medications you are currently using. It is helpful to bring a list of medications, supplements, and medical records to our initial consultation so I can gain an accurate picture of your health history and condition.
I’m pregnant. Is acupuncture safe for me and my baby?
Yes. Acupuncture is safe in all stages of pregnancy. It is important that I know that you are pregnant or if you are trying to get pregnant so I can adjust my treatment accordingly. There are so many benefits to gain from acupuncture during pregnancy including early morning sickness, edema, late pregnancy aches and pains, breech presentation, and more.
What should I wear?
Clothes that are comfortable and can roll easily up to your knee without restriction. An average treatment focuses on your lower legs, lower arms, belly, or back. I have plenty of sheets and can accommodate with whatever you need the day of treatment so no need to stress or plan ahead, especially if you are coming from work.