Treatments are currently by appointment only.
What do I need to know for my first appointment?
Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes prior to your appointment time to fill out your initial paperwork.
We encourage you to eat something light an hour or two before arriving. Our therapies are best received when not overly full or overly hungry. Dress in comfortable clothing that can easily be rolled up to the elbows and knees. Try to avoid intake of caffeine or pain medications for several hours before you come in. Please bring a list of medications or supplements that you are currently taking.
Does it hurt?
No. Acupuncture needles are hair-thin and patients often describe a warm, heavy or tingling sensation that the ancients described as Qi (chi) upon insertion. Once all the needles are inserted, you should feel comfortable and relaxed. If you experience any discomfort with a needle, it can be easily adjusted. The experience of acupuncture is nothing like getting a shot or any other interactions you’ve had with needles since acupuncture needles are so thin.
We also offer non-insertive acupressure treatments using bodywork and turning forks for children and those who are particularly averse to needles.
What are the needles like?
Only sterile, single-use disposable needles are used so there is no risk of infection. Acupuncture needles are small, hair-thin and unlike needles used for injections, they are not hollow. Acupuncture needles are not designed to cut the skin and instead are able to push through the tissue on insertion.
Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?
No. Acupuncture works independent of belief structures. Acupuncture is even successfully used on animals. Nonetheless our minds are powerful instruments capable of facilitating the healing process and as such a positive attitude helps with any kind of therapy. Since positive expectations tend to increase therapeutic benefits, please raise any concerns or doubts that you may have so that I can help alleviate them and enhance the efficacy of your treatment. You can email me today if you wish.
Can I take Chinese Herbs while I am on western pharmaceuticals?
It depends on the medications that you are taking. This would be evaluated on a case by case basis.