If you are new to acupuncture or Chinese Medicine, you can schedule a free 10-minute phone consultation or meet with Helen during a Group Acupuncture session. (Group Acupuncture is a combination of auricular and/or body acupuncture used to treat individual patients in a small group setting. Learn more about Group Acupuncture...)
Acupuncture was started in China more than two thousand years ago as a method of treating health problems by inserting fine needles into the body at certain points. These points are specific to particular symptoms and illnesses and their locations have recently been confirmed through electromagnetic research.
Acupuncture needles are about the width of a hair, making the insertion light and usually painless. If there is any discomfort, it dissipates in the first few seconds after they are inserted. Most people feel absolutely nothing upon insertion besides a slight tingling sensation.
The needles are all sterile and used only once. Needles are never re-used and are discarded according to state mandated bio-hazard disposal regulations. Practitioners are trained specifically to know exactly where the needles should be inserted to ensure maximum safety and well-being of their patients.
For answers to some of your other questions about acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, consult What is TCM?, FAQs, Conditions Treated, and Your First Visit.