what you're wondering

faq3• What is acupuncture?
• What is Classical Chinese Medicine?
• What conditions can Chinese Medicine address? 
• What is treatment like?
• Does it hurt?
• Are the needles sterile?
• Is acupuncture safe?
• Are herbal supplements safe?
• How many treatments will I need?
• Do I have to believe in it for it to work for me?
• Can Chinese Medicine be used together with conventional Western Medicine?
• How can I prepare for my first visit?

 

Is acupuncture safe?
When performed by a licensed and conscientious practitioner, yes. Licensed acupuncturists have an intimate knowledge of the body’s anatomy, needling people with the appropriate attention to vital structures.

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Are herbal supplements safe?
When prescribed by a knowledgeable practitioner herbs are safe and extremely effective. My formulas are custom-tailored to you and your unique needs. Additionally, all of the herbs I prescribe come from companies whose top priority is to providing the highest quality products. To this end, extensive quality control analysis is regularly performed on their products testing for contaminants, sulfur, and heavy metals.

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How many treatments will I need?
Treatment plans are as diverse as my patients. In our initial consultation I will create a treatment plan that is specific to your needs. A good rule of thumb, however, is the more acute the issue, the more frequently I need to treat, and the speedier the resolution. It follows that chronic conditions require longer term “nudging” to loosen their grasp. So while one treatment can have a strong effect, a course of treatments (usually 10-12) is more beneficial when dealing with any long-standing issues.

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Do I have to believe in it for it to work on me?
Absolutely not. While a positive outlook is beneficial overall (for treatment and life in general) and may even reinforce the treatment, Chinese Medicine does not require a pledge of faith in order for it to work. Acupuncture is equally effective on babies and animals, neither of whom has a fixed belief system.

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Can Chinese Medicine be used together with conventional Western Medicine?
Absolutely. While the two systems are distinct, Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine are quite complimentary. For example, the British Medical Journal’s February 2008 issue published that women undergoing IVF were 65% more likely to become pregnant when they combined the procedure with acupuncture. Additionally, Acupuncture is widely known to successfully mitigate the adverse side-effects of chemotherapy treatments such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, diarrhea and the like (see Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Vol 82, Issue 5 268-271 and Journal of Clinical Oncology, Vol 23, No 28, 2005). In China there are already great collaborative efforts between practitioners of Chinese Medicine and those of Western Medicine as each has access to the systems of the body through its own unique methods.

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How can I prepare for my first visit?
• Wear loose, comfortable clothing; with pants it is especially important that they easily roll up to above the knee
• Have a little food in your stomach within an hour or two of the treatment
• When you brush your teeth the morning of the treatment, please do not brush your tongue, the tongue coating is an important diagnostic tool
• To maximize the treatment effect, avoid vigorous exercise, hot tubs, heavy meals, and intoxicants for several hours before and after a treatment

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