faqs about acupuncture

Is Acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is a safe technique, provided that practitioners are properly trained and follow appropriate techniques.  Registered Acupuncturists use single-use, sterile disposable needles and have been trained regarding precautions and contraindications to acupuncture.


Should I avoid Acupuncture during pregnancy or when I am trying to conceive?

Acupuncture treatments are safe for those who are pregnant and trying to conceive.  It is important to notify the practitioner if you are pregnant or could possibly be pregnant, as treatments may have to be modified or may not be appropriate.


Is Acupuncture painful?

Acupuncture is usually a comfortable treatment. Needles are very fine, metallic and as thin as a strand of hair, making them quite painless upon insertion. Everyone experiences Acupuncture differently, but most feel no pain or very minimal pain as the needles are inserted. You may experience a mild aching sensation or warmth around the needle site.


service-acupuncture-framedHow many sessions do I need before I feel better?

Many people see a significant difference within one to two treatments but some take longer to respond, perhaps 5 or 6 sessions, depending on the condition being treated. If no difference is felt by the end of the fifth or sixth treatment, the diagnosis of the condition should be reconsidered and further medical investigations may be needed.

Chronic conditions may need repeat maintenance treatments to maintain the momentum after an initial period of frequent treatments. Post treatment exercise and discipline in diet is extremely important for continued improvement and recovery.


What should I do before and after treatment?

Acupuncturists recommend that patients eat a light meal prior to treatment and avoid consuming caffeine or nicotine for 90 minutes before and after treatment. Continue with all medications as prescribed.


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