What are the acupuncture needles like?
- Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid, unlike the needles used for injections. They are packages individually in sterile packaging and are used once and then disposed of.
Are the needles regulated?
- In 1996, the U.S. Food and Drug classified acupuncture needles as medical devises, and they are now manufactured according to federal law. They are for a single use and are disposable.
Does it hurt?
- People experience the needling differently. There are two general forms of acupuncture, Chinese and Japanese. I prefer the Japanese style. This is a very gentle and superficial form of acupuncture, which minimizes any possible discomfort. If a patient does feel some discomfort it is very minor, disappears very quickly, and can be compared to a bug or mosquito bite. It is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during their visits.
How long does it take to work? Does it work on everyone?
- Some patients experience immediate improvement. It is recommended to give the treatment 4-5 visits. If you do not see results at that time, then acupuncture may not work for you.
- No. Acupuncture will work on a majority of our patients, but nothing works for everyone.
What should I wear?
- Loose fitting clothes are the best as a treatment may require needles to be places at different locations on the body. The office will provide gowns as necessary.
How long and how often treatments recommended?
- An average treatment will last approximately 25-30 minutes. Soft soothing music will be playing throughout the treatment to further help you relax and enjoy your experience.
- Treatment schedule will vary depending on your consultation. It may vary from weekly to a monthly visit.
Are there any possible side effects?
- Side effects resulting from acupuncture are very rare, but ay include any of the following: slight dizziness, sleepiness, mild nausea, slight bruising at the needling site and muscle soreness at the treatment site. If any of these side effects do occur they are generally short lived and very minor. Drinking plenty of water after your treatment will help to minimize any discomfort. If you do experience any side effects they should be reported to the doctor on your next visit.
Is there anything I can do to prepare for my treatment?
- Please bring a list of current medications you are taking, including any prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins.
- Please bring any lab or medical reports relevant to your condition.
- Eat a light meal a few hours prior to your visit. Acupuncture is not performed on individuals who are fasting. Being over-hungry increases the risk of nausea or dizziness. At the same time, please do not overeat or eat any foods that cause your stomach to be upset (for example, rich, greasy, fried, or extremely spicy foods).
- Avoid alcohol on the day of your treatment. Acupuncture is not performed on intoxicated individuals due to the increased risk of shock. It is also not advisable to become intoxicated shortly after treatment.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Acupuncture points are located all over the body. Many of the acupuncture points that are commonly used are located between the wrists and elbows and the ankles and knees. You will be more comfortable if your clothing can be easily rolled up to your elbows and knees