Frequently Asked Questions
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- General FAQ
- 1. What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice that has been used to effectively diagnose and treat illness for thousands of years. Bioenergy called Qi (pronounced chee) circulates via pathways to all parts of the body. When the flow of Qi is impeded or disturbed, pain or illness occurs. The painless insertion of flexible hair-thin, sterile needles into precise points on the body helps restore the smooth flow of Qi, which balances and harmonizes the body systems.
- 2. How Does Acupuncture Work?
In the body there are energy channels called meridians that orginate with each organ. Life promoting substances such as Qi and blood circulate through these meridians to every cell, tissue and organ in the body, as well as the mind and spirit. Specific points are either stiumulated to encourage the circulation of Qi to areas of the body or are tonified to strengthen the Qi in areas that are depleted.
Stimulating these acupuncture points helps the energy flow more smoothly in the body and enables your body to function at its optimal potential. Often people find themselves to be more calm and centered after acupuncture. Western science has verified that acupuncture causes many documentable changes in the body. Acupuncture has been shown to trigger the release of pain-relieving endorphins in the body, mediate the inflammation process, regulate hormones, release muscle tension, and increase blood flow to specific areas of the body.
For musculoskeletal issues trigger points and motor points may also be used during treatment. Trigger points are tight ropy bands of muscle fibers that refer pain when pressure is applied to the area. Acupuncture needles can be used to release trigger points. Motor points are the areas of a muscle that contain the highest concentration of nerve endings and are the most electrically excitable part of the muscle. Applying acupuncture to the motor point can help to reset the muscle spindle in order to break the cycle of spasm and abnormal muscle shortening.
- 3. Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Generally, acupuncture is not painful. Most people find it to be very pleasant and say that insertion of the needle produces little or no sensation at all. When the body’s Qi is activated a sensation that has been described as tingling, achy, heavy or electric occurs at the insertion sight or along the meridian. This sensation usually dissipates quickly.
- 4. Is Acupuncture Safe?
When performed by a qualified, Licensed Acupuncturist, acupuncture and related techniques have proven to be extremely safe. Needles are pre-sterilized and disposable to eliminate the risk of disease transmission, and Licensed Acupuncturists are certified in Clean Needle Technique protocols to ensure that needles are kept sterile.
- 5. Are There Any Websites Where I Can Learn More About Acupuncture?
- 6. How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments you will need depends on your overall health, your body's response to Acupuncture treatment, and the nature and duration of your illness or injury. Usually within 4-6 treatments you Acupuncturist will be able to tell you how much further treatment you will need.
- 7. What Should I Expect For My First Visit?
Each 60 minute session includes:
- A comprehensive history intake
- Treatment including acupuncture, cupping, electrical stimulation, energy medicine and other modalities that are appropriate for each individual's main complaint.
- Supplements to support the patient's health goals. These may include whole food supplements, dietary suggestions, eastern and/or western herbs and homeopathic therapies.
- Teaching and review of suggested lifestyle modification to support the patient's individual goals.
- Sessions will always include individual patient-centered care.
Debi is the best and is an amazing acupuncturist. Thank you Deb, it hurts so good | Penny B.
I appreciate that Debi takes the time to fully understand what health issues I am having. My acupuncture treatments are very helpful for my digestive system, energy level and overall sense of well being. I always feel so much better after Debi gives me a treatment! | Robin P.
Deb is a compassionate and wise healer. Both her insights and her touch offer immense comfort. She helped me with back aches, sinus problems and pre/post-natal care. I highly recommend her services to anyone that is serious about self-care. | Ariana F.