How often do I need to get treated?
It is very important to keep in mind that each patient will have different needs. Some people will progress very quickly with a few treatments. Others, particularly if they have been ill for a long time, may need more frequent treatment and may find they must measure their progress in smaller steps. Most people I see come in for weekly visits for the first 2-3 months, then frequency can be stretched out to two weeks, then three weeks, etc. I will be happy to discuss with you what is a reasonable period of time in which to see improvement once treatment has begun.

How many treatments are necessary?
Although many people experience remarkable improvement early in treatment, some have had chronic conditions that have taken years to establish and can only be relieved with steady, slow progress. The duration of the condition or disease, the amount of deterioration, and the constitution of each person must be taken into account when determining the number of treatments necessary. Most people with chronic conditions require a minimum of ten weekly treatments to alleviate symptoms and to balance the energy so that one’s symptoms are not likely to recur. However, since this medicine is best used preventatively, once health is restored, it is recommended that at a minimum, you receive five seasonal treatments per year for proper health maintenance.

How Long Is A Treatment?
A treatment is typically 45 minutes to an hour.

Can acupuncture help people stop smoking and lose weight?
As is necessary in changing any harmful habit, one must have a strong will and desire to do so. Correct diagnosis by an experienced practitioner is the surest way to work with these conditions. When the life energy in the body is balanced and flowing smoothly, people often lessen or lose their desire to smoke and overeat, as these cravings are considered to be symptoms of underlying imbalances.

Is acupuncture painful?
Many people are worried or fearful about the use of needles. The needles are single use, pre-packaged, sterile, disposable, solid stainless steel, and the width of two hairs. When inserted, these extremely fine needles produce minimal discomfort. There is a slight prick as the needle enters the skin. When the needle contacts the energy in the acupuncture point, just below the surface of the skin, there may be another sensation, often described as a dull ache. This usually lasts only one or two seconds. Most treatments involve the use of six to eight needles.

What Are The Types of Acupuncture?
There are several different types of acupuncture. They are:

  1. Worsley Five-Element Acupuncture
    See “What is WFEA?” to learn more about the type of acupuncture I use.
  2. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
    Traditional Chinese Medicine includes treatments such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, Tui’na and Shiatsu massage.
  3. Acupuncture Anesthesia
    This is used regularly in place of western medical anesthesia during surgery. 

Treating the Whole Person

 In the words of Dr. J.R. Worlsey:

"In this system of medicine, we don't treat diseases. We treat people who happen to have diseases. There are as many different kinds of diseases as there are people. Therefore, no two people are treated the same." 

Seasonal Treatments

Once the initial health issue(s) have been resolved, I recommend (at a minimum) that all patients adopt a regimen of 5 seasonal treatments each year to preserve optimal health!