What is acupuncture and what does it feel like?
Acupuncture is simply the insertion of needles into certain points on your body to activate an innate healing process. On insertion you may feel a slight sensation of the needle entering the skin. After insertion you may feel an achy or heavy sensation but it is not one of pain. Many patients describe the sensation of relaxing and warming.
What does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture and herbs can treat about any condition. The medicine is based on the patient’s presentation at the time of the appointment. You will be asked a series of questions regarding how you are feeling. The practitioner will also feel your pulse and look at your tongue. The medicine treats both your constitution as well as symptoms.
How will I feel after treatment?
Most patients feel relaxed and calm. Many times patients will have to take a few moments to gather their senses. Each treatment is specific to each patient so symptoms may not be present after treatment or may decrease in the days following the treatment. The more chronic your condition the more treatments it may take to resolve issues.
What are the risks of acupuncture and herbs?
There are few risks with acupuncture but they do include slight bruising at the needle insertion points, burns from direct moxa and possible stomach upset from herbs. This practitioner is a gentle needler and will do her best to cause no harm.