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How Deep Do the Needles Go, Does it Hurt?

How deep the needle goes depends upon the nature of the problem, the location of the points selected, the patient’s size, age, and constitution, and upon the acupuncturist’s style or training.  Usually needles are inserted from ¼ to one inch in depth.   

What to expect after treatment?

Most people are surprised and relieved to learn that acupuncture needles are very thin—not like hypodermic needles, which are big and hollow.  After the needle is inserted, you may feel nothing or something vague numbness or electric sensation either around the needle or traveling up and down the affected meridian, or energy pathway.  

You may note a spot of blood at one or more of the needle sites and/or a small bruise may develop. These are not harmful, but please talk to your practitioner if you are concerned. Patients often experience the most dramatic results in the first treatment.  Some patients experience an immediate total or partial relief of their pain or other symptoms.  This relief may last or some pain may return.  In few cases, there may be no immediate relief only to notice the pain diminish over the next coupled of days.   

Is This Safe?
Because acupuncture treatment is drug free, you avoid the risk of drugs which can cause many side effects or dependency.  During each acupuncture session, your acupuncturist can adjust the treatment according to your symptoms so that you receive constant monitoring of any changes.

Always inform any health practitioner about all preexisting conditions, known problems, and the names of the medications you are taking.

What Problems Can be Treated by Acupuncture?

The World Health Organization (WHO) identifies over 40 conditions acupuncture successfully treats including:Headaches & migraines, Post operation pain,  Bell’s Palsy,  Stroke Residuals, Depression, Anxiety, Neurosis, Insomnia, Pain Management, Muscle Cramping, Sports & Accident Injuries, Arthritis, Sciatica,Sinusitis, Bronchitis, Allergies, Asthma, Indigestion, Constipation and other digestive problems, Infertility, Menopause, Menstrual Disorder.  Acupuncture has been used for centuries in China to treat many problems other than above list. It is used in a wide range of illnesses in many areas around the world. 

How many treatments are needed?

The number of treatments depends upon the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint.  You may need only a simple treatment for an acute condition. A series of five to fifteen treatments may resolve many chronic problems.  Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments overtime.