How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is based on the ancient Chinese theory that Qi, or "vital energy," and blood run through channels called "meridians" which transverse the body in a manner similar to the venous and blood circulatory systems.  If the Qi is stagnant, so is the blood.  Acupuncture regulates the flow of Qi and blood, as well as balancing the mind, body and Shen, or spirit.


What type of needles are used?

Only pre-sterilized, individually packaged, single-use, disposable "Serin" acupuncture needles are used.  These needles are often referred to as "painless" needles  The FDA and the World Health Organization have approved Serin acupuncture needles as medical devices.  The needles are tools that stimulate the movement of the "Qi" and blood through the body and the nervous system, thereby balancing and healing the body.

How deep do the needles go?

This depends upon the chief complaint of the patient, the location of the points selected, the  patients body structure, age and constitution and upon the specific technique / method applied.  Usually, the needles are inserted from 1/4 to 1 inch in depth.

Can acupuncture keep me healthy and prevent me from getting sick?

With a specialized immune-deficiency treatment plan that includes acupuncture and medical massage therapy, as well as herbal and vitamin supplements, the compromised immune system may be enhanced.

What will I feel during and after the treatment?

A treatment is an individual, personal experience which can range from energy-moving to total balance, producing euphoria.  Patients being treated for pain experience anything from a reduction in pain, to its complete elimination.  After a treatment, the patient often feels rejuvenated with an alleviation of symptoms of their individual condition.  He or she may also experience less anxiety, improved digestion, better sleeping patterns, a lowered stress level and a feeling of being more "in balance" overall.

How many treatments will I need?

Each course of treatment is different, depending on an individual patient's signs and symptoms.  Patients are given time to empower and re-educate themselves, and to become aware of their own imbalances.  The course of treatment also depends on how long a patient has had a particular medical condition and, generally speaking, each individual responds at a different rate.  According to traditional Chinese Medicine 10 treatments equals one session.  Initially, three appointments are typically recommended in order to have a breakthrough.