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Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture

What do the needles do?

Acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points of the body in order to bring about change in our physical or emotional state. Over thousands of years, the practice of acupuncture has been refined and studied so that today, an acupuncturist can listen to your symptoms, take your pulse, look at your tongue, come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan, and insert needles in specific places in order to make those changes in your body. It’s all about bringing you back into balance.


Does it hurt?

It can, but it usually doesn’t. It depends on several factors. The pain happens when a certain level of stagnation is present in the body. The needles move energy. Sometimes when the energy is moved abruptly there is a momentary sensation of pain, but this usually does not last. The cumulative effect of acupuncture is a relaxed, happy state.

What side effects will I have?

Most people feel great, both during and after acupuncture. However, there are a few things to remember:

  1. It’s best to¬†eat before you come. Receiving acupuncture on an empty stomach can cause you to feel lightheaded.
  2. Acupuncture is not advised on the first day of the menstrual period.
  3. If you suffer from PMS, you might want to schedule a treatment a week ahead of your monthly period. Scheduling a treatment right before your treatment might bring your period on early.
  4. If you think you might be pregnant, please let me know before the treatment.
  5. It is important to lie still during an acupuncture treatment. Moving around can cause muscle spasms that can be uncomfortable.
  6. If you feel uncomfortable at any time, let me know.

What is a treatment like?

After listening to your symptoms, looking at your tongue and taking your pulse, I will insert acupuncture needles in various places (your arms, legs, trunk, or face). As you lie still for the next 15-25 minutes, you might feel completely relaxed. Some people report feeling like they’re buzzing and that they feel the energy moving through them. Others report feeling nothing, but afterwards feel energized and happy.