Is acupuncture painful?

Unlike, hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are ultra thin and flexible, thereby permitting a painless insertion.  You may feel some heaviness, distension, tingling, or electric- like sensation either around the needle or traveling up or down the needled area.  This is good and referred to as “Qi sensation”.  Many people feel so relaxed during their appointment they fall asleep.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is very safe when practiced by a trained acupuncturist using sterile and disposable needles. The “L.Ac.” designates someone who is licensed by the state to practice as an acupuncturist.

Do I need to “believe” in acupuncture for it to work?

No.  Acupuncture is not a “belief” or “faith” based modality and does not require or conflict with religious or other spiritual beliefs. The biochemical effects of acupuncture are quantifiable and improvement is measured objectively using questionnaires, diagnostic testing, and subjective reporting.

How long will acupuncture appointments take?

Follow up visits typically take about an hour.

How many treatments will I need?

Because each person is unique and types of conditions differ, the frequency of treatments will vary.  Generally, chronic conditions require one to two sessions per week for several months.  Those with acute illness can expect changes within a few visits.  Many clients choose to come in monthly for a “tune up session” or “immune booster session”.   Since all programs are customized, Nathalie Trees, L.Ac. will discuss what the best option is for you to maximize your benefits.

What can be treated with acupuncture?

The WHO recognizes acupuncture and traditional oriental medicine to treat over 43 conditions:

  • Respiratory disorders:  emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies, and bronchitis
  • Gastrointestinal disorders:  food allergies, peptic ulcer, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia, and gastritis.
  • Urogenital disorders: stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, and sexual dysfunction.
  • Gynecological disorders: irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, infertility, menopause, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
  • Disorders of muscles, bones, joints, and nervous system: arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness, low back pain, neck and shoulder pain.
  • Circulatory disorders: hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, and anemia
  • Emotional and Psychological disorders: depression and anxiety.