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  • What is acupuncture?
    Acupuncture is a therapeutic practice that involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body. This ancient medical technique is used to alleviate pain, promote healing, and treat a wide range of health conditions. By stimulating these points, acupuncture aims to restore balance and improve overall well-being.
  • How does acupuncture work?
    Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points on the body known as acupuncture points, which have the ability to alter biochemical and physiological conditions. These points, when stimulated, activate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system in the brain. This system is responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones. The effects of acupuncture on the hormonal system make it an effective treatment for back pain, arthritis, PMS, and infertility. Additionally, acupuncture regulates serotonin levels in the brain, impacting emotional states and promoting relaxation. It also has other physiological effects, including increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief of muscle spasms, and an increased T-cell count that supports the immune system. Overall, acupuncture provides a comprehensive approach to healing and improving overall well-being.
  • Is acupuncture safe? Does it have any side effects?
    Acupuncture is a safe and drug-free alternative therapy that offers a range of benefits without the side effects or addictive tendencies commonly associated with standard medications. The acupuncture needles used in treatments are fine, hair-like, disposable, and sterile medical devices that are approved by the FDA. Most patients report little to no side effects from acupuncture, with many experiencing a sense of relaxation during and after the session. However, like any medical procedure, there are potential risks involved. These risks can include bruising at the needle insertion site, fainting due to a drop in blood pressure, muscle spasms, and minor bleeding. It is important to note that these risks are rare and can be minimized by seeking treatment from a licensed and experienced acupuncturist. Overall, acupuncture is considered a safe and well-tolerated therapy, offering a natural and holistic approach to healing and wellness.
  • How many treatments would I need?
    The number of acupuncture treatments needed varies depending on the individual and their specific condition. Chronic conditions, which have been present for a longer period, often require more frequent treatments to achieve optimal results. In these cases, it is common for patients to undergo one or two acupuncture sessions per week over several weeks or even months. This extended treatment plan allows for gradual and sustained improvements in the condition. On the other hand, acute conditions, which are sudden and short-term in nature, typically require fewer treatments. Acupuncture can provide immediate relief for these conditions, and patients may only need a few sessions to experience significant improvement. It is important to note that the exact number of treatments required can vary greatly depending on factors such as the severity of the condition, the individual's response to acupuncture, and their overall health. The acupuncturist will assess the patient's condition during the initial consultation and create a personalized treatment plan accordingly. Additionally, it is worth mentioning that acupuncture is not a one-time fix but rather a process that focuses on restoring balance and promoting long-term wellness. Even after the initial symptoms have improved, periodic maintenance treatments may be recommended to sustain the results and prevent future relapses.
  • What should I do to prepare for my acupuncture treatment?
    To ensure a pleasant experience, we kindly advise you to avoid arriving on an empty stomach for your appointment. It is advisable to have a light meal beforehand. To enhance accessibility to certain acupuncture points, we kindly request that you wear loose and comfortable attire. For women, we recommend wearing shorts and sports bras. In order to optimize the effectiveness of your treatment, we kindly ask that you refrain from consuming anti-inflammatories, pain medications, or alcohol prior to your appointment. To assist us in providing you with the best possible care, please bring along your medical records and a comprehensive list of medications, including vitamins and herbal supplements, that you are currently taking. To expedite the check-in process, we kindly request that you complete the necessary forms online prior to your appointment. In the event that you were unable to complete the online forms, we kindly ask that you arrive 20 minutes earlier to complete the required paperwork.
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