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What can acupuncture treat?

The World Health Organization recognizes the ability of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine to treat over 43 common disorders including:

Disorders of the Bones, Muscles, Joints and Nervous System: arthritis, headaches, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, paralysis after stroke, tennis elbow, low back, neck and shoulder pain.
Circulatory Disorders: anemia, hypertension, angina pectoris and arteriosclerosis.
Gastrointestinal Disorders: chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, GERD, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia, IBS, colitis and gastritis.
Respiratory Disorders: asthma, allergies, sinusitis and bronchitis.
Gynecological Disorders: irregular, heavy or painful menstruation, infertility and premenstrual syndrome.
Urogenital Disorders: urinary tract infections, stress incontinence and sexual dysfunction.
Emotional and Psychological Disorders: depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress syndrome.
Ear, Eye, Nose and Throat Disorders ;
Supportive Therapy: chronic and painful debilitating disorders.
The National Institute of Health also has found acupuncture useful for treating:

Menstrual cramps
Myo-fascial pain
Tennis elbow
Low back pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
What should I expect when I come in for a treatment?

Your first appointment requires filling out paperwork, so please arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time. After the paperwork is finished, the practitioner will ask you questions, look at your tongue and feel your pulses, and then come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan. You will then remove your shoes and socks, have a seat in the reclining chair or lie comfortably upon the table. The practitioner will then insert the needles. The treatment will typically last from 30 minutes to an 1 hour. After the appropriate time, the needles are removed and the treatment is complete. Please pay when you arrive and schedule your next appointment before your treatment.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing which allows easy access to your knees and elbows. Please refrain from wearing cologne or perfume as some patients may be allergic.

How should I prepare for my acupuncture treatment?

Have a small meal or snack before your appointment.

What will I feel after the treatment?

This will vary for each patient. However, most feel very relaxed. It is advisable to refrain from vigorous activity for two hours after the treatment.

How long will the treatment last?

Treatments last from 30 minutes to one hour, this is determined by the particular treatment.

Do the needles hurt?

Acupuncture needles are very thin and are not painful like hypodermic needles. There may be a sensation of warmth or heaviness at the insertion point but most patients find that there is no discomfort.

Are the needles re-used?

No. Only single use, sterile, disposable stainless steel needles are used. All needles are sterile and sealed by the manufacturer.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments needed varies from person to person. Important factors include the duration and severity of of your health condition as well as how often and frequent you receive acupuncture. Two to five treatments may be sufficient for an acute condition, whereas, eight or more treatments may be needed to resolve a chronic condition.

How are the acupuncture points chosen?

Each point has a specific function and indication. Based on your health history present symptoms combined with your Chinese medical diagnosis, the appropriate acupuncture points are chosen.

Should I stop taking my medication while receiving acupuncture treatments?

No. Continue taking your medications. Please bring a list of all medications, herbs and supplements you are currently taking, with the doses and reason why you are taking them.

Can children be treated?

Yes! Children respond very well to Chinese medicine. Infants on up can receive acupuncture or sho-ni-shin, which is a Japanese style that does not puncture the skin.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Cash or personal checks are preferred. Major credit or debit cards accepted. There will be a $50.00 fee charged for returned checks.