– What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. An acupuncturist influences the body by stimulating certain areas of the body using channel pathways or “meridians”.
– Does it hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very thin filiform needles (at least 10 can fit into the hole of a standard hypodermic needle) usually made of surgical grade stainless steel, so insertion usually causes very little discomfort.
– What should I expect at an appointment?
Initial visits are usually an hour and a half long; follow up appointments are one hour. Appointments begin with a short intake. The patient’s health history and lifestyle is discussed and his or her chief complaint is addressed. The patients tongue and pulses are assessed and different areas of the body are palpated, depending on the chief complaint. Every treatment is customized for the individual and his or her specific health concern.
– Is it safe?
Yes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates the use of acupuncture needles, requiring that needles be manufactured and labeled according to certain high standards. Acupuncture needles are required to be sterile, nontoxic, and labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only. All needles are disposed of after each use. When performed by a properly trained and licensed practitioner, acupuncture is safe and effective.
Clean Needle Technique (CNT) is required and all acupuncturists at Wildflower Acupuncture have obtained their CNT Certification.
– How many treatments will I need? How frequently will I need to visit?
A common treatment plan takes between 3 and 12 treatments. Usually a patient will get better more quickly by coming in to the office more frequently at first, but results can be expected from weekly or bimonthly appointments as well. Often results can be seen after only a visit or two.
– How many needles do you use in a typical treatment?
Treatments vary based upon the condition and the style of acupuncture used. A typical treatment can range from as few as 2 needles to as many as 12 or more.
– What type of clothing should I wear for my first visit?
Wear something comfortable if possible (sweatpants, T-shirt, shorts, etc.) for your visit.
– How do I prepare for my treatment?
It is best to have a light meal prior to your appointment.