My ultimate goal is to help you create your own personal toolbox to maintain optimal health.
Questions and Answers…
Does it hurt?
Let’s be honest. Nobody wants needles stuck in their body – unless it’s for a really great tattoo (or better health, of course).
The fact is that 17 acupuncture needles fit inside one hypodermic needle. So we’re talking hair-thin. The goal of the process is to have you leave feeling more relaxed. It would be counterproductive to have this be a torturous procedure. Some of the words my clients have used to describe the sensation have been…a tingling sensation, a dull aching feeling and then nothing, a heavy sensation, or buzzing.
How many sessions will I need?
Acupuncture is not a quick-fix, however most people will feel an improvement in their condition after the first session. There are many factors that go into your specific health profile, but you can count on a course of treatment that will help you get better as quickly as possible.
What is acupuncture good for? How does it work? Or even… Does it work?
To answer the first question, acupuncture is good for just about any health issue humans have and will ever experience. That’s because Chinese medicine is not just a “tool” but rather, an entire system of medicine that views our health – our particular pain, our stress, the fact that we catch colds more often than our friends – with the bigger picture in mind. So if you’re wondering if it’s good for your problem, you can bet the answer is… absolutely!
To answer the second question: In a nutshell, the placement of acupuncture needles at specific points on the body sends all sorts of signals that stimulate your body’s natural healing mechanism. For a more in-depth overview, visit the California State Oriental Medical Association’s FAQ page.
As for the third question? We’ll let the last 5000 years of empirical evidence answer that! The more science-minded can check out the many research articles available from respected journals, like this one and this one.
Will I have to stop eating chocolate, drinking my favorite Whiskey, running marathons…?
Not necessarily. Enjoying life’s pleasures is good for our health… except when it’s “too much of a good thing.” I generally promote the practice of moderation, and will tailor recommendations to help you meet your health goals.
Have more questions? Give me a call!