Frequently Asked Questions

What can acupuncture and herbs help with?

    • Insomnia, fatigue, waking in the middle of the night
    • Digestive issues, GERD, constipation, irritable bowel disease
    • Headaches, migraines, dizziness
    • Fertility, low libido, low sperm count
    • Menstrual cramps, irregular cycles, PCOS
    • Pregnancy and recovery after birth
    • Anxiety, stress, depression
    • Diabetes blood sugar regulation
    • Pain: from moderate irritation to severe or chronic pain.

Recovery: Acupuncture treatments following surgery, injuries, chemotherapy, or radiation help the body regain strength to move forward. It can increase appetite, reduce nausea, decrease neuropathy, increase cell healing, strengthen immunity and increase white blood cell count.

How does acupuncture feel?

At the acupuncture point, many people feel only the acupuncturist’s hands or a light pinch which quickly dissipates. In the point, you may feel a sensation of heaviness, movement of energy, or nothing at all. Overall you may feel the release of your muscles, tingling as your circulation activates, or general relaxation. Many people experience no physical sensation and you do not need to feel any to get results.

What should I wear to an appointment?

Loose comfortable clothing is preferable. Some people like to bring shorts and a loose tank top to change into, but these are not required. Please expect to take off shoes, socks, watches, and bracelets, and to roll up sleeves or pant legs.

Acupuncturists use the body to assess information and it responds in subtle ways. Your practitioner will take your pulse on both arms, look at your tongue, and may palpate your abdomen to gain information. We will feel along areas that span your arms, legs, torso, back, or head.

*Please let your practitioner know* if you are uncomfortable in any areas or have any concerns.

How many sessions will I need?

Acupuncture and herbs are rarely a permanent fix with one session. It is like a stone grazing across the surface of calm water, causing waves to ripple through every centimeter of the river. As the water begins to calm, we skip another stone. With multiple throws, lasting change can be made.

The amount of sessions depends on what type of injury or disharmony you are working on and your current health. We will discuss timeframe during the creation of your initial treatment plan. Many patients start with 6-10 treatments. Every person is different and we work with YOU.

What is moxibustion or moxa?

Moxa is an herbal preparation made of mugwort that is useful for accessing and rejuvenating certain points of the body. It has many uses such as to add energy to a person, to break up knotted areas of the body, to increase circulation, release swelling, increase white blood cell count and boost immunity. It is used by lighting the moxa and transferring the heat from the herb into your body. Some patients find the warmth and smell of the herb very soothing during their treatment. Doing moxa will produce some smoke. If you are sensitive to smoke, please inform your practitioner as there are many types of moxa which range from nearly no smoke to smokey.

What are “other modalities”?

There are many forms of treatment that we may use such as teishin, gua sha, cupping, tuina, 7-star/plum blossom. Each of these methods serve a different purpose and may be used if it is appropriate for your treatment.

What does integrative mean to us?

We combine the study of Chinese and Japanese medicine with knowledge of Western physiology, treatment, and nutrition. In addition to acupuncture or prescribing herbal medicine, we often discuss lifestyle including diet, exercise, or stress reduction. Lifestyle modification is essential to keep your health going beyond acupuncture treatments alone. 

We do not prescribe pharmaceuticals. However, we see many patients whom are on medications or other therapies and apply this knowledge to how we help you. We are happy to work alongside other styles of medicine, using shared knowledge to reach your health goal.