FAQ Regarding Acupuncture Therapy
1) What does acupuncture feel like?
The most common sensations you can expect to feel with acupuncture include warmth, pressure, energy traveling, or possibly a deep ache, similar to a sore muscle. Any sensations you may feel normally dissipate after a minute or two as the acupuncture opens up the flow in the energetic pathway. Most people describe a sensation of ‘circulation’ followed by deep relaxation.
2) Does acupuncture therapy hurt?
In short, acupuncture therapy does not hurt. For the most part, you will not even feel the acupuncture pin. At WellStream Acupuncture, we use Japanese style painless technique. Perception of “pain” and pain tolerance can differ amongst individuals, of course. Therefore, those who are anxious, highly sensitive, stressed, women on their menstrual cycle, or those affected by the full moon may “feel” acupuncture more than others do. However, if you don’t consider aching muscles after a workout “pain” then your answer is no – acupuncture does not hurt!
3) What are the needles like?
Lots of people have a fear of or even hate needles. This is based on their experience getting childhood shots, flu shots, or having blood drawn at the doctor’s office. Acupuncture needles are NOTHING like those needles! An acupuncture ‘pin’ is a more accurate description – as the ‘pin’ is a tiny, solid, thin as a hair ‘needle’. Upon first acupuncture needle insertion and being asked ‘how was that’, most new patients reply ‘you did it? I didn’t feel a thing!’.
4) How many sessions do I need?
How many sessions you need is dependent on what you are being treated for and how long you’ve had the problem. Acute conditions such as a recent sprain or pain, or colds & flu may only take one to three sessions. Chronic pain that you’ve had for years, or internal health issues, such as indigestion, insomnia or infertility cannot be expected to be fixed in one session. Acupuncture is not a silver bullet, single session miracle cure; it is a form of therapy. The effects of acupuncture are cumulative and you will feel progressively better with each session. To get a better prediction of how many sessions you might need, you can participate in several treatments in order to determine how you’re responding to the therapy.
5) How much does a session cost?
For most health conditions, the first visit for a new patient is $175 which includes an initial health consultation/evaluation and acupuncture treatment. Simple PAIN ONLY new patient first visit is $145. Each regular follow up acupuncture session is $110.00. Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture is $145.00 per session which includes a regular acupuncture treatment. There are additional fees for other services such as cupping, electro-stimulation of needles, or moxibustion. Prices are time based and subject to change – please view complete price list here.
6) How long is an acupuncture session?
In general, regular follow up acupuncture sessions are 45-60 minutes long. The initial visit with acupuncture and consultation varies from 60-120 minutes, or longer, depending on the complexity of your health history. Cosmetic acupuncture sessions are approximately 60-75 minutes, longer if facial gua sha is added on. The resting time with acupuncture needles is 30 minutes.
7) What does acupuncture treat?
Most people think of acupuncture as a pain relief therapy for issues such as back pains or headaches. While acupuncture is great for pain management, it also successfully treats a variety of women’s health issues including menopause, PMS, infertility, nausea during pregnancy, as well as digestive problems, migraines, TMJ, tinnitus, insomnia, emotional stress, anxiety, and more. According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture is proven to treat hundreds of health problems.
8) Can it help with my condition?
Most likely, acupuncture can help with your specific condition. Acupuncture is just one treatment modality, as part of Traditional Asian Medicine, which is a complete medical system to treat all health issues. Cindy Albon, Lac, MSOM, DiplAC, studied in Beijing in the Internal Medicine Acupuncture Department. During her studies, she observed almost everything being treated with acupuncture and herbs including the gynecology field. If you are wondering whether or not acupuncture and/or herbal supplements can help your specific condition, give us a call at (323) 463-9355.
9) Are the needles sterile?
Yes, absolutely, the needles are sterile. The olden days of autoclaving to sterilize and reuse needles are gone. Acupuncture needles today are prepackaged, sterile, hair-thin, solid needles. They are used only once on your body and are properly disposed of into a Sharp’s container immediately following. We follow strict clean needle technique guidelines.
10) Is it ok if I fall asleep during a session?
Yes, it is ok to fall asleep during a session. In fact, most people do! If you’re having a session to treat insomnia, it is expected that you will fall asleep. Acupuncture is a wonderful way to de-stress, in fact, many patients feel more relaxed after an acupuncture session than they do after a professional massage. Some people elect to multi-task during acupuncture using the time to do their meditation, while others like to catch up on pod casts or TV shows on their phone – however it is recommended to use the 30 minutes resting quietly during acupuncture.
11) How does acupuncture actually work?
It depends on whether you want the eastern or western answer. From a western view point, the acupuncture needles stimulate neurotransmitters to release chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin, providing our bodies with natural pain relief or stimulating the pituitary to release hormones balancing reproductive functions. From an eastern view point, our bodies run on energy called “Qi,” a Chinese term, which circulates the blood, chemicals, hormones and nutrients in our body. Acupuncture stimulates the flow of Qi energy to provide proper functioning and balance in our mind, body and spirit.
12) Do medical doctors practice acupuncture?
Generally, medical doctors do not practice acupuncture. There may be a select few doctors who are open-minded to incorporating natural and holistic therapies into their practice for their patients, such as acupuncture. However, most medical doctors prefer to refer patients to licensed acupuncturists with extensive asian medicine training.