How long has acupuncture been around?
This is an ancient form of medicine that has been used for over 2,000 years along with many other forms of East Asian medicine.
How much training do Licensed Acupuncturists receive?
A Master's degree in Oriental medicine is a four-year graduate program. Included in this 4 year program are 191.5 units and 3,510 credit hours of theory and clinical practice. Acupuncture students take many courses in both Western Biomedicine (Anatomy, Physiology, Physical Exam, Nutrition etc.) and Eastern medicine (Points, Herbology, Needle technique, Diagnosis and Treatment of disease etc.). After completing school graduates must take a California state board licensing exam.
Does it hurt? What should I feel?
Acupuncture is a relatively painless form of treatment. Even though needles are being inserted into the skin, they are hair-thin. Many people report not even knowing that the needles are in. You may feel some slight pressure on insertion. Everyone's experience is unique, some people feel a sensation of warmth, or a dull ache at the site of insertion. Overall it is a time to relax and let the body repair itself. Many people fall asleep during their appointments.
Are the needles reused?
All needles are one-time use and disposable. They are never reused.
What should I do after my appointment?
The best response is to continue to take it easy and relax for the rest of the day. Keep hydrated.
How many treatments will I need?
The general rule in regards to treatment plans is the more chronic the condition the more treatments one will need. For acute conditions (<3 months) most patients will begin to notice improvement within 4-6 treatments. For chronic conditions (>3 months) most patients will begin to notice improvement within 8-10 treatments. At your first treatment we will determine a plan that will work for you.
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