Frequently Asked Questions
Acupuncture, which originated in ancient China over 2,000 years ago, is one of the most widespread healing systems in the world. It involves the stimulation of special points on the body using fine needles, heat, pressure friction or other techniques. Acupuncture balances and facilitates the circulation of blood, fluids and the flow of Qi, or energy, through specific pathways of the body, optimizing its ability to heal injury, illness and dysfunction.
Chances are good that acupuncture has something to offer you. Acupuncture works by correcting the imbalances that cause disease and by stimulating your body’s natural healing mechanisms. Acupuncture is effective for an incredibly wide range of conditions.
Acupuncture is extremely safe when performed by a Licensed Acupuncturist as Claudia.
The needles used are pre-packaged, sterile and disposable, virtually eliminating any chance of infection.
In addition to acupuncture for the treatments mentioned on this website, Claudia’s clinic also provides Chinese Herbal consultations, Anti-Aging Acupuncture and Feng-Shui consultations.
The answer to this question depends entirely on the individual. You will discuss your treatment with Claudia and together you will create a plan that balances best practices with your schedule and lifestyle. In general, chronic, long-term conditions take longer to resolve then acute conditions that recently appeared.
Acupuncture needles are super thin, and a treatment feels nothing like a hypodermic injection from your doctor. We work with new patients every day and some are not so keen on needles. Just let us know how you feel and we’ll make sure you are comfortable. If mild pain, pricking or other similar sensations are an issue, let your practitioner know so they can take this into account when developing your treatment plan and applying your needles. Once they give it a try, most people find acupuncture extremely relaxing.
This will vary depending on the nature of the problem and how long it has been present. Typically, if it is a new problem, improvement and/ or resolution may only take a few treatments. If the problem has been around for months or years, a longer course of treatment may be required. It is rare that resolution would be reached in a single treatment. A typical course of treatment usually lasts somewhere between 5 to10 sessions. Your practitioner will be able to discuss reasonable expectations for your particular condition after an evaluation.
Your first appointment can last from 1.5 to 2 hours. Follow-up visits usually last 60 minutes to an hour. A treatment will start with a health history and rather extensive questioning about all aspects of the patient’s condition. This is followed by an exam in which the therapist feels the pulses, examines the tongue and palpates the channels. This gives the therapist a lot of information about the internal state of the body. The appropriate treatment will then be decided upon for that day. If appropriate, you will receive dietary, herbal and lifestyle recommendations to enhance the effects of your treatments.
During your first visit, Claudia will recommend a certain number and frequency of treatments before your condition is reassessed. Acupuncture treatments can take time to work and to provide lasting results. While some patients will feel immediate relief or a measurable lessening of symptoms with each treatment, this does not mean your condition is gone for good. The way your body is balanced will slowly be alternated, and this is not something that typically happens in one treatment. Your body needs time to learn how to balance itself, so it won’t revert to its old ways.
The effects of acupuncture are cumulative and will continue throughout the week. Immediately after treatment you may feel great! You may also feel slightly groggy or very relaxed. If we are working muscularly, you might feel sore at first, then feel relief the next day. We will specifically review your diagnosis and what effects can be expected.
Some patients will feel “100 percent” better after their first treatment. This is especially true of more acute or recent injuries, such as minor sprains, strains, or pains. While that’s great news, experience has taught us that instantaneous relief may not always last. Since we don’t want you to conclude that, “acupuncture doesn’t work,” we recommend you come in for a follow-up visit, even if you don’t think you need it. Yes, acupuncture works, but the effects can wear off over time, as they can with any therapy. We wish to create a lasting change in your body, and this can take a number of sessions.
No. For the most part, there is absolutely no need to undress for a treatment. How should I prepare for my treatment? Before receiving treatment, you should have something light to eat. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Do not come under the influence of alcohol, caffeine or recreational drugs.
In acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a diagnosis is formed by information gathered from questions and observation. Any piece of information can confirm or contradict a possible diagnosis, so the more information we collect, the more certain we are. While some of the information we ask for may seem completely unrelated to the reason you came in, this information can be of vital importance in correctly determining your diagnosis and designing your treatment plan.