The number of treatments required differs from person to person. Chronic or long standing conditions may need one or two treatments a week for several months. Acute or short term problems will usually need less treatments. Health maintenance requires only four treatments per year.
Usually not. As energy is redirected in the body healing begins. Occasionally the original symptoms may worsen for a few days,or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urinary patterns, or emotional states may be triggered. These changes should not be cause for concern, as they are simply indications that acupuncture is starting to work. It is common to have a deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These will pass in a short time, and never require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome.
The needles are as fine as hair. They are not hollow like the needles used to draw blood. The needles are solid stainless steel and are disposable. They come in sterilized packages and are disposed of after each use, thus eliminating the risk of infection. The insertion of the needle is most often painless or if it is felt, feels like a mosquito bite. Rarely there is a point that causes pain. There usually is no bleeding associated with acupuncture. On occasions a drop of blood may ooze to the surface. We have done acupuncture on many people, their main fear was pain. They were astonished when there was no real pain involved in the treatment.
Yes. Within three hours of your appointment, avoid caffeine and eat lightly. Wear loose comfortable clothes that are easy to roll up to your knees and elbows. Within 6 hours of your treatment avoid alcohol and strenuous activity. Avoid exposure to inclement weather for at least 24 hours.
YES. People have been treated for thousands of years. Today, acupuncture is practiced widely in Asia, Europe, North and South America. A person does not have to believe in acupuncture in order for it to work. Although a positive attitude does help a persons' well-being. Acupuncture has flourished over thousands of years because IT WORKS!
The information for this article was obtained from the American Academy of Acupuncturists, World HealthOrganization, Dr. Davis' and Dr Grant's educational background and 25 years acupuncture experience.