Frequently Asked Questions...

What can I expect during treatment?

 

First we talk for 15-30 minutes, then you lie down and I'll insert about 10-12 needles. Once they are in you can rest, sleep or meditate for anywhere from 20-30 minutes before I remove them, after which we may add some Tui Na massage or cupping. 

 

It is best to have eaten something during the day of treatment, though nothing heavy immediately before. Also best to wear comfortable clothing. The ancient medical texts advise after treatment to avoid vigorous exercise, sex or intoxication, all just until the following day. 

How many treatments will I need? 

Acute conditions can often be resolved in 1-5 sessions (I generally recommend doing 5 in a month), but chronic conditions can take anywhere from several weeks to several months, also to be determined by your habits and lifestyle.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes. In one out of every several hundred or so needles you might get a temporary bruise, but this is rare and nothing to worry about. I may try to induce a "pressure point" sensation once the needles are in, but it never feels like doctors' or nurses' needles. No one was more nervous than I was my first time. Now I'm a pro, literally. 

Are herbs safe?

Yes. The formulas I use are manufactured in California or New York, and are tested to confirm accuracy, potency and purity. They are in full compliance with FDA, HIPAA, and National Security Agency regulations… and they’re amazing! Herbs can come in pill form or powder. They can cost anywhere from $10-50/week and prescription duration can range from a few days to a few months. 

Do I have to believe in it for it to work?

Not at all. While I acknowledge the validity of placebo effect, I have seen and experienced its opposite way too many times as both a patient and practitioner. 

Are the needles injecting anything into me?

Nope. They’re just stimulating fluids and “qi,” or the body’s ATP in the connective tissue's interstitial spaces. 

How did you get into studying this?

The same way most of my classmates did: by experiencing wonderful results as a patient and becoming intrigued. Come allow me to pay it forward! Actually an ex-girlfriend first introduced it to me, and one night as I sat in an awful comedy club, in between my third and fourth horrible sets of the evening, I craved something more stimulating and meaningful. Comedy at its best is a very high frequency art form - but at its worst a very low one. I find working with physiology and people in need of relief to have an equally high,  if not higher ceiling - and not nearly as low a basement. Going to school was one of the best decisions I've ever made.  

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