Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Who needs acupuncture and oriental medicine?
You do! Chinese medicine excels at preventative health and chronic illness, offering solutions that conventional medicine does not. Chinese medicine is a holistic approach to health and can often help where western medicine approaches have been unable to. You deserve the best of both worlds!
Do I have to “believe” in acupuncture for it to work?
Chinese medicine, also called Oriental Medicine is no more faith based than Western medicine. Believing in the treatments can’t hurt, but it isn’t necessary for positive results. Many clients I treat are skeptics at first. When I first started out learning this form of medicine I was as well. The biggest factor in success or failure depends on how motivated clients’ are to keeping their appointments and following treatment advice. The frequency of treatments varies with each individual. Most new patients’ begin treatment with weekly sessions lasting one hour each. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect, each treatment building upon the last. As patients’ experience improvement in their condition and enjoy a greater sense sense of ease in life, treatments may be extended to every other week, every three weeks, monthly and eventually as needed.
What does Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive system of preventative care and health maintenance with its effectiveness being well documented throughout its long history.

Chinese medicine has proven to be exceptionally effective in treating: (list provided by the World Health Organization)

  • Women’s Health: Menstrual Irregularities, Menopause, Natural Fertility Enhancement Pregnancy, Childbirth, Lactation Difficulties,
  • Post Partum, ovarian pain, and some uterine problems.
  • Men’s Health: Prostate
  • Pediatrics: Asthma, Digestive Problems, Sleep and Behavioral problems
  • Pain Relief: headaches, TMJ, Back Pain, Sciatica, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Post-operative Recovery, Palliative Care.
  • Digestive Disorders: Indigestion, Constipation, IBS, Urgent Bowel movements
  • Mental Health: Depression, Anxiety, Stress Mangement
  • Preventative Health: Prevention, Stress Managemnt, Wellness

There are other ailments acupuncture can treat. Call (360) 852-7137 with questions about your specific condition.

Does it hurt?
People are surprised and relieved to learn that acupuncture needles are extremely thin and completely unlike the needles they’ve have experienced in the past. Nancy uses a gentle technique to place these tiny needles, and most often the insertion is barely perceptible.

Once the needle is inserted there may be a mild sensation of heaviness, achiness or tingling in the area of insertion. This is normal and even beneficial in many conditions. However, it is very rare that a patient describes this sensation as painful.

Are the needles safe?
Absolutely! Acupuncturists are required to follow OHSA standards and only sterile, single-use disposable needles are used. Patients are absolutely assured that there is no transmission of communicable disease from patient to patient.

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