Acupuncture FAQ

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the method of placing ultra-thin needles at acupuncture points to promote healthy body functions.  It works by regulating the body’s Qi, or energy so that your body is in harmony.  When there is poor circulation of Qi it is like a dam in a river and everything gets backed up.  Acupuncture can also be used to promote healthy blood circulation and even regulates the yin and yang natured elements of your body.
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
TCM is an age perfected medical system that uses techniques of acupuncture, prescribed herbal remedies, moxibustion, breathing/energy work such as Qigong, and cupping.  During a session at Hands On Healing, your acupuncture session can include all of these services.  Each treatment you get is tailored to you so that you get the best results.*Herbs sold separately and we also offer herbal consultations by themselves.
Does it hurt?
There is little to no discomfort during an acupuncture session.  Those who are extra sensitive might feel no more than a slight pinch that lasts but a second, and some don’t even feel that!  A variety of needles are available and the most appropriate ones for your body type will be used.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is extremely safe when done by a professional. There are some acupuncture points where the needles need to be inserted in a certain way. A certified and licensed acupuncturist will know the correct way to do this.  
What can it treat?
TCM/acupuncture can treat a wide variety of conditions.  Some of the more common treatments are for pain relief, arthritis/joint pain, insomnia, tobacco cessation, headaches, menstrual problems including infertility, unwanted weight gain, digestion problems, skin conditions (acne/psoriasis/eczema), depression/anxiety, PTSD, chemotherapy/radiation-induced side effects, and recovery from surgery. For a list from the World Health Organization go to:
What are the treatments like?
Your first session is 90 minutes to allow for extra time to gather details about your medical history and your body type.  Because acupuncture treatments are individualized this is very important.  Your vitals will be taken, your tongue and pulse examined, and any questions answered.  Once the needles are in place you will get to relax with soothing music for 25-30 minutes (you’ll be checked on periodically).  By the time the needles are removed, you’ll be feeling relaxed and refreshed.  Follow-up treatments are about 60 minutes. 
IMG_6749How should I prepare?
Please refrain from eating and drinking 1 hour before treatment and avoid heavy eating until 45 minutes after the treatment.  Be aware that your tongue will be examined during the appointment as a diagnosis technique, so if possible avoid foods/drinks that stain your mouth before the treatment.  Wear comfortable/loose clothing preferably with pants that can be rolled up past the knees (gowns are available too) and shoes that can be taken off easily.   You can save time by printing off and filling out your intake forms before you come in.  If you want to fill out forms here please arrive at least 15 minutes early. 
How many treatments will I need?
Every treatment is tailored to the individual to achieve maximum results.  How many treatments you will need depends on how your body responds to acupuncture.  The longer you have had a problem the longer it will take to treat.  The best results are typically seen after 6-10 treatments; however, patients can start seeing results as early as the first treatment

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