FAQ

What happens in a session?

We begin by doing a comprehensive intake. In addition to asking about your specific concerns, we’ll talk about all aspects of your health and well-being, such as your digestion and appetite, sleep patterns, stress levels, mood, etc. This information creates an overall picture of how your body systems are working. Next, we check your pulse. There are three different pulse positions in both wrists; each position reflects the functioning of a different internal organ. Then, we look at the tongue. The colour, texture, shape, size, and coating of the tongue are all important indicators of health in TCM. Once the assessment  and diagnosis is complete, the treatment begins.

Can you treat __________?

The simple answer to whether we can treat most conditions is “yes. In fact, we don’t treat conditions at all, we treat people. After we determine the root cause of the condition, we combine healing methods to improve health and supply the resources for the body to repair itself. You can also check out: Commonly Treated Conditions

What does acupuncture feel like?

You may feel an initial tiny pin prick sensation, after that most patients describe the sensation as a feeling of deep pressure, a tingling or gentle electrical sensation. Most sensation subsides in the first 2-3 minutes of the treatment.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes. Sterile, disposable needles are always used at the clinic; they are used once and thrown in the biohazardous waste so that there is no chance of any disease transmission or infection. The needles are extremely fine, not much thicker than a hair.  They are inserted into points that lie along meridians that connect to the various organs to improve organ function.

How many treatments do I need?

A typical course of treatment is anywhere from 6-12 weeks.  Ongoing maintenance after that may or may not be necessary, but if it is, we recommend once per month.

Does acupuncture really work?

Absolutely. There is extensive research that shows that it is effective at treating a wide range of conditions. Check out a short list of just a few of the studies that have been conducted recently: Acupuncture Research Studies