Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years.  It is primary care, just a different medicine than many are used to.

What does acupuncture feel like?

Acupuncture needles are very fine needles that are virtually painless. Occasionally,  one might experience a slight sensation, similar to that of a bug bite, upon insertion. This sensation disappears quickly and completely. But you will feel a sensation once the needles are inserted and manipulated or twisted. This sensation, referred to as qi, may feel like a dull ache, tingling, heaviness,  or itching. This is normal if not somewhat bizarre the first time!

How does it work?

Many people ask me how acupuncture works. I like to describe acupuncture as a traffic cop, keeping the traffic flowing and avoiding traffic jams, which  cause unnecessary headaches, irritability, and frustration! Everyone has qi  (often translated as energy) and blood, which is the traffic in my analogy. Different factors, such as life, illnesses, or stress can deplete qi and blood or causes them to become stuck like a traffic jam. By inserting needles into certain acupuncture points with specific functions, acupuncturists are able  to influence and direct the qi and blood.  This results in the smooth flow of energy and the ability to create more energy and blood. If only the Bay  Bridge traffic would flow so smoothly.

Where are the points?

There are countless acupuncture points on the body, the head, face,  ear, hands, feet, arms, legs, back and everywhere. These points lie on certain  meridians, or pathways, in which your qi and blood flow.  Each point has specific functions and indications as well as defined locations, depths, and angles  for needle insertion. Which points to use depends on the diagnosis for each  patient and any symptoms that need to be addressed.

How do I prepare?

How to prepare before an acupuncture treatment:

  • Do not exercise 2 hours prior to treatment or 2 hours after.
  • Be sure to eat before treatment. Otherwise, you may experience lightheadedness.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Prepare to relax!

All the needles that I use are disposable; they are used once and then safely  discarded for your protection!