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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a part of one of the oldest written forms of medicine. Before we had a name for the nervous system, ancient acupuncture practitioners had identified it, mapped its major nerve pathways and nerve bundles and developed an elegant system of medicine that worked by discovering how to use our body’s nervous system to heal itself. We can utilize this system with needles, light or pressure.

What is laser acupuncture?

Some people hesitate to receive acupuncture treatment due to a fear of needles. Fortunately for those patients, the option of laser acupuncture exists. Infra-red, low-power laser light at specific wavelengths stimulate acupuncture points that bring effects similar to traditional needle acupuncture but without the possibility of pain. Because the skin is not penetrated, there’s no risk of bruising. Similarly, the laser beam cases no damage to or heating of tissue, even injured areas can be safely treated. Laser acupuncture creates blood circulation, reduces inflammation and can breakdown scar tissue.

How does Acupuncture work?

By activating specific points on the body we are sending it two primary healing messages. The first is to relax and heal. Acupuncture has the effect of turning on your body’s parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, relaxation rejuvenation and healing. The second primary message is the point prescription, which gives your nervous system specific instructions on how we want it to start functioning in regards to your specific complaint. The two messages working together simultaneously are the healing effect of acupuncture.

How long can I expect to be treated?

If your complaint is acute (recently occured): we will see you two or more times a week for about two to four weeks until you reach 70 to 100% improvement. Then we send you on your way until the next issue arrives.

If your complaint is chronic (have had it for a while): we will see your two times a week for six to eight weeks until your reach at least 70% improvement. Then we decrease the frequency of treatment until we reach your level of maintenance care anywhere from once every other week to once a month.

Chronic complaints require maintenance treatment because chronic issues do not generally resolve themselves. If you stop your treatments for a chronic complaint, your symptoms will return in about two months. And if you want to get back to the level of relief you gained when you left acupuncture, you will have to start the treatment process from the beginning again.

What does Acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can treat physical, mental and emotional pain and dysfunction in all major systems of the body. it is effective in treating disorders of the eyes/nose/throat, head/ear, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, muscular-skeletal, dermal/skin, endocrine system, ob/gyn, emotional and neurological pain.

Herbs and Supplements

Herbs, herbal formulas and supplements have powerful healing properties and can help heal a myriad of health complaints. However, most of us are unaware of the side effects and contraindications that can come with using them. Our education and experience can help you use them safely and effectively.

How long will I take my herbs?

Generally, each formula is taken on a weekly dose. Your acupuncturist will advise you on how long you take a formula for your condition changes and you may need to modify it.

Do you accept health insurance?

Yes, most health insurance covers acupuncture, however its important that you contact your insurance carrier to make sure.

What do I do to prepare for my treatment?

Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to elbows and knees. Avoid eating large meals or being overly hungry. Between treatments, take note of any changes that occur, such as decrease in pain, pain moving to other areas or changes in frequency.