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Common acupuncture questions we get

What is acupuncture?

There are many benefits of acupuncture. Acupuncture has been used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness for thousands and thousands of years. Acupuncture has gained broad popularity in America in recent years, with institutions like the US Army and well-known mainstream hospitals using the ancient Chinese modality. We believe acupuncture has gained traction in America because people have discovered how effective it is.

Acupuncture uses very fine needles that we insert at points on bio-energetic pathways that travel all over the body. Acupuncture, while gentle, is extremely powerful in boosting people’s own healing powers to improve¬†health and eliminate illness.

Does acupuncture hurt?

In general, most people do not think acupuncture hurts at all! Acupuncture needles are tiny and solid and are inserted very superficially in the skin. Even the most sensitive people do not feel much at all. The worst sensation might be a little pinch for a split second. We see people after their first visit when they check out at the front desk and pretty much everyone reports feeling great, very relaxed, and pleasantly surpassed by how little the needles hurt. It’s nothing to worry about!

How do I know if acupuncture will help me?

What we can tell you is that we’ve worked with acupuncture for a long time and have seen many people who have come in with all sorts of health problems and have had great results. If you’d like to have one of our practitioners call you to talk about the specifics of how acupuncture can treat your specific health problems, we can do that.

However, we will cover this in detail during your first visit. We think you should come in and give acupuncture a try. The practitioners here are very kind and loving and will give you the time and energy that you deserve.

Also, our acupuncturists are very honest and if they think at any time during the process that the treatments are not working for you, they will let you know.

What is Oriental or Traditional Chinese medicine?

Oriental Medicine or Traditional Chinese medicine is an entire healing system that looks at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of people in an attempt to bring balance to the whole person. Rather than looking at one aspect of an illness, Oriental Medicine or Traditional Chinese medicine covers the various aspects of what makes us human. We’re not just muscles and bones and chemicals. We’re much more than that, and so medicine must also approach healing taking that fact into consideration.

Oriental medicine or Traditional Chinese medicine starts from the concept that our body can heal itself. With the right starting point — good nutrition and sleep and balanced emotions — the body knows how to heal. The methods we use here work by stimulating and optimizing each client’s own healing abilities.

Oriental medicine or Traditional Chinese medicine includes acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Gua Sha, Moxibustion, nutrition counseling and more.

Does acupuncture have side effects?

Adverse side effects with acupuncture are extremely rare. That’s what makes acupuncture very different from many forms of mainstream medical care. The practitioners at Rocky Coast Family Acupuncture are State and National Board Certified with years of experience, so you’re in good hands. And of course, we only use single-use, sterile and disposable acupuncture needles. If you have questions about acupuncture and any potential side effects, do get in touch.

Acupuncture and herbal medicine -- what's the connection?

Both acupuncture and herbal medicine are both parts of Oriental Medicine or Traditional Chinese medicine. The use of herbs is a very important part of how we treat our clients. Using herbs in combination with acupuncture and our other treatments, gives clients a powerful tool to allow their bodies to heal.

But, are herbs safe?

We are nationally certified herbalists, so when we prescribe herbs as part of our overall Traditional Chinese medicine treatments, it is extremely safe.

We use only the best products on the market, which are high grade and quality-controlled. These herbs can have the same powerful effect as pharmaceuticals, but are generally much more gentle on the body, with fewer side effects.

We use these brands of herbs.

What can I expect from my first session?

Initial acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine treaments last an hour and a half. We begin with an assessment and diagnosis. We will discuss the treatment plan with you to help you understand the approach we’ll take in the most comprehensive way.

We may suggest acupuncture in combination with herbs, or one of our other treatments.

Clients should eat a light meal before a session and plan to avoid any intense or stressful activity after a session. Wear loose clothing.

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