Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

What types of conditions can acupuncture help with?
Is it safe?
Does it hurt?

What types of conditions can acupuncture help with?

woman enjoying acupuncture

Chronic issues that respond well to acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine include:

  • Migraines/headaches
  • Insomnia and anxiety disorders
  • Allergies
  • Women’s health issues like PMS, irregular periods, menopausal symptoms
  • Chronic pain like arthritis, plantar fascitis, tendonitis, and of course, neck, shoulder and lower back pain
  • Stress
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Acupuncture works wonders for the common cold

Acute conditions that Chinese medicine treats very well include:

  • Pain – sprains, muscle spasms, bruises
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Common cold

Other areas of treatment that acupuncture can support:

  • Fertility – to promote regular cycles, ovulation, fertilization (also applicable for couples undergoing IVF)
  • Cancer recovery – to help the body recover from chemotherapy or radiation, reduce nausea, improve appetite, alleviate depression

Is acupuncture safe? 

In a word, yes. Chinese medicine is much older than Western medicine and helps millions of people every year.


Licensed Acupuncturists (Lic.Ac.) go to school for 3 to 4 years to earn a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM), then pass four national board examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) before they can be licensed by the state.

Does it hurt?

First things first – the experience of acupuncture bears VERY LITTLE resemblance to getting shots or blood drawn, which is what almost everyone associates with the word “needles”.

Most people find acupuncture very relaxing. A lot of patients fall asleep during their treatment! The style of needling can vary depending on the patient’s needs and tolerance. it is very important to me that the patient feels safe and heard during treatment, and I make every effort to make the treatment as comfortable as possible.

How Tiny is an Acupuncture Needle?
How Tiny is an Acupuncture Needle?* (Source: Acupuncture-treatment.com)

Acupuncturists only use sterile, disposable, single-use needles that are very thin. To give you some perspective, about 20 acupuncture needles can fit in a typical hypodermic needle used in a doctor’s office.

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