How Does Acupuncture Work?

The most basic principle of how acupuncture works is that the insertion of needles into specific points stimulates the body's innate ability to heal itself.  The acupuncture points follow routes on the body that relate to the muscles, nervous system, and internal organs.  These points are based on an over 2,000 year-old Chinese understanding of how to treat disease and neuromuscular conditions. 

What Can Acupuncture Help?

Most people think of pain management when they hear the word acupuncture.  But acupuncture and all traditional Chinese medicine modalities (such as herbal medicine, nutrition and lifestyle counseling etc) can help with a variety of symptoms and diseases.  I specialize in helping people regulate their bodies response to mental emotional imbalances such as stress, anxiety, and depression which in turn can cause low immunity, digestive upset, weight issues, poor sleep, headaches, skin issues, low energy and body pain.  These are all common health concerns I see daily in my office and know that I can help you feel yourself again and your best.

Does it Hurt?

No, in fact many patients fall into such a deep state of relaxation that they will often fall asleep on my massage table.  The sterile, disposable, stainless steel needles ( or "pins" as some of my needle-phobic patients like to call them) are as thin as a strand of hair and generally feel like a tiny mosquito bite upon insertion.  Once in place, you might feel a variety of sensations such as tingling, heaviness, or warmth.  If at any time you experience discomfort, do not hesitate to let me know, and I will adjust or remove the needle. 

How Often Do I Need to Be Treated?

Since every health concern is as different as every person, and because every person responds at different rates, there is no cookie-cutter answer.  Typically, more acute conditions respond faster than chronic ones.  We will come up with an individualized treatment plan together that will be used as a road map for your path towards health and feeling your best.