Frequently Asked Questions:
DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
While some points may feel like quick pinch, many are not even felt. Acupuncture needles are hair thin so they do not feel the same as getting an injection from a doctor. Most of the discomfort I have observed comes more from the patient's anticipation than the actual needle insertion.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I COME IN?
This depends entirely on your condition and how long you have experienced it. I work to uproot your condition and if you think about how nature works, roots that are older take longer to extract. In the beginning you may have to come twice a week for a better long term outcome. If your condition is not as chronic or severe, once a week is sufficient and when symptoms are alleviated consistently then I recommend once or twice a month.
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
Think of your body as a genius organism consisting of a circuit of energy feeding it just as a machine would need in order to work. If the lines in the circuits of a machine are blocked, it will not receive the proper amount of electricity needed to function optimally so it may glitch or not be as efficient. My job is to find the areas that are either blocked (excess) or deficient - acupuncture has a beautiful way of regulating excess or deficiency depending on what the body needs. Once the blocks are removed or deficiency is tonified, the body will automatically regulate itself and healing will occur on its own. We as acupuncturists are just creating an ideal environment for the body to heal - the healing itself is the body’s own doing.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE UNTIL I FEEL RESULTS?
I too wish I knew that answer! But even though I see loads of cases, I can never predict the time it will take for everyone. Some people come out of the first treatment will amazing results. Others take a few weeks. But everyone does get better at one point or another. I will say that I have noticed an amazing pattern with the patients that have more body awareness and spend time being active - they tend to heal faster! I do think their is a little more opening in their energetic body. When people who don’t have a natural body awareness, they do develop it as they start to see results so in my experience there is definitely a connection between the two!
HOW SOON DOES THIS WORK FOR FERTILITY?
With fertility I always tell my patients that we are bound by the cycles. I need to work in a rhythmic pattern in order to treat fertility and I recommend giving it at least three months. Even when treating men, we still need to account for ovulation rhythm because ultimately it’s the woman who carries. When treating women, it is important to note that eggs take about three months to mature so it takes at least three months to improve the quality of her eggs with acupuncture, supplements, herbs. Similarly, it takes about three months to improve sperm quality and count for men. That being said, there are always those couples that get pregnant right after starting acupuncture!