Acupuncture FAQ

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture as an inseparable part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated more than 3000 years ago. Ancient Chinese discovered that inserting fine needles into specific points on the body could stimulate the body's innate ability to heal itself. TCM believes that Qi (life force or vital energy) flows through channels in the body known as meridians which are connected to organs for normal bodily functions. When Qi is either deficient or excessive or when Qi is stagnated in a particular meridian, illness results. Acupuncture by inserting thin needles at various points on the body unblocks or rebalances the energy or Qi. TCM includes other modalities: herbal medicine, acupressure, moxibustion, diet and exercise (Qi Gong, Tai Chi).

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture needles are hair-fine. There is a little or no pain when needles are inserted, depending on your sensitivity to the needles and the areas where needles are inserted. After the needles are inserted, people report a range of sensations northing, tingling, pressure, warmth, gently jiggling, slight pinching etc.

Is it safe?

Acupuncture is considered to be very safe when administered by a qualified practitioner. Disposable sterile needles make the risk of infection negligible. Although uncommon, there may be a tiny, mild bruise at the point being treated. These bruises generally disappear in about three days.

Do you use disposable needles?

Yes, Sun Acupuncture and Herb Clinic only uses single-use, sterile, disposable needles.

How long does my treatment take?

The first appointment may last longer; the practitioner will ask questions, take pulse and discuss with you about treatment plan. It usually takes an hour to one and a half hour. Subsequent visits take less than one hour. Treatment itself is usually 30-45 minutes.

How often should I be treated and how long will treatment last?

The course of a treatment depends on the individual person and on the complexity of your condition. Some people can experience immediate improvement with the first treatment while some will see the effects after a few treatments. In general, the longer a person has a condition, the longer it takes to treat. Every body is unique; you can contact our practitioner to have a discussion if you want more information.

What about electronic stimulation?

Many acupuncturists employ electronic pulse stimulation to the acupuncture point with needles inserted. This procedure is painless and particularly good for muscle injuries.

What do I feel during acupuncture treatment?

Most people find the treatment very relaxing and are surprised at how comfortable they are during treatment. Some people often fall into sleep during treatment.

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