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No, the needles do not hurt. In fact, most people barely feel anything when needles are inserted. Acupuncture needles are solid, flexible, and very, very thin (about the width of two hairs).

There are certain sensations associated with the therapeutic effects of acupuncture. These may include slight cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling or electric sensation traveling along a meridian called “de qi.” If any discomfort is experienced, it is usually mild and temporary.

In Chinese medical theory, acupuncture works by balancing the body’s Qi. Qi can be described as a form of bioenergy that runs along meridians. If Qi gets blocked, it shows up as an imbalance or illness. Basically, if you have a health condition, some part of your body’s system is out of balance. Chinese medical theory allows us to diagnose the imbalance… and balance it.

In Western medical theory, acupuncture appears to work by stimulating parts of the brain. It also stimulates the body to release natural biomolecules such as neurotransmitters, vasodilators, and hormones. The exact mechanisms which bring this about are unknown, but the effects are measurable.

When acupuncture is done correctly by a licensed practitioner, the risks are low. Acupuncture should be done in a clean environment, using clean, disposable and unbreakable needles.

According to the NIH, few complications from acupuncture have been reported, but when they are, they usually come from non-licensed acupuncturists using non-sterile needles and delivering treatments improperly. The NIH says these rare but serious adverse effects include infections, punctured organs, collapsed lungs and damage to the central nervous system.

The frequency of treatment depends on your medical condition. 

Many conditions respond faster to frequent acupuncture treatments, while other patients only need to come in once a week. Once your pain is stabilized, you won’t need to come in as frequently. When you come in for your first treatment, we’ll formulate a specific treatment plan for you.

It is ok to the usual things you do afterwards. We do recommend that you avoid strenuous exercise or intellectual strain for about 30 minutes after your treatment.

The best way to prepare is to eat a snack or a light meal before treatment so the you body has sufficient energy to work with. If possible it is best to wear loose clothing so that your arms and legs are accessible for treatment. After treatment we recommend you drink a glass of water to help stabilize your energy.

One of the great advantages of acupuncture is that it is very safe. Other than an occasional bruise, there are no side effects.

Yes! Acupuncture promotes healthy circulation of blood and qi thus resolving pain. From a biochemical perspective, acupuncture analgesia is achieved by peripheral nerve stimulation that directs the brain to release endorphins, which in turn block pain pathways in the brain.

The Department of Veterans Affairs, World Health Organization, and an increasing number health insurance providers recognize acupuncture as an effective intervention for musculoskeletal pain. As a drug-free intervention with demonstrated lasting results, acupuncture is an alternative for pain management without the potentially serious side effects as prescription drugs and surgery.

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We focus on re-establishing harmony within, using various modalities and the ancient wisdom of Chinese Medicine. Start your healing journey with us today!
In-Home Treatments

Initial Consulations

Let us come to you! We make in-home visits to put you at ease and give you the convenience of wellness coming to you! We will make our initial treatment plan and help you on you healing journey.

Initial Visit and Consultation (2 hrs): $175
In-Home Treatments

Follow Up Visits

To get the maximum benefits, we recommend at least 5 follow-up sessions.  Serious aches and pains take work to treat, and we want you to get the most out of working with us.

Follow Up Visit (1.5 hrs): $150