Frequently asked questions
- What should I expect for my initial visit?
- What does acupuncture feel like?
- What illnesses can acupuncture treat?
- Are acupuncture and herbal medicine safe?
What should I expect for my initial visit?
A medical history is filled out by the patient that may include questions about past treatments for the current complaint, and symptoms that you are experiencing. Questions may be asked to elaborate on your symptoms for the current condition. Next an examination is performed which includes a visual examination of the tongue and feeling the radial pulse at the wrist. A treatment strategy is then planned and a treatment may be given during the initial visit or an herbal formula may be prescribed.
What does acupuncture feel like?
Japanese style needles are used which are extremely thin and are designed for painless insertion. Possible sensations at or near the acupuncture points used may include tingling, warmth or a heavy sensation. Patients often feel relaxed after treatment and it is not unusual to fall asleep during treatment.
What illnesses can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can treat a wide range of illnesses. These conditions are listed in a 2002 survey of clinical trials by the World Health Organization which identified conditions that acupuncture can sucessfully treat. Here is a list of the treatable conditions contained in the WHO report.
Are acupuncture and herbal medicine safe?
Acupuncture and herbal medicine have a very low incidence of side effects and complications. Both of these treatment modalities have been in use for thousands of years in China and other Asian countries and there effects are very well known. Modern technology has made these practices even safer by providing sterilized, single use needles and the ability to identify any impurities in herbal ingredients.