How much training do you have?
We have a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Our masters program was 4 years long with over 3000 hours of training combined in Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Western Medicine, Chinese herbal medicine, food therapy and essential oils. In the last 2 years of our masters, we received over 850 hours of hands on clinical training with acupuncture needles and Chinese herbs, all while treating 400 patients in order to graduate from the program. Along with our extensive training, we took and passed four national board exams in order to receive our license to practice in North Carolina. In order to maintain our licensure in NC, we are required to take 40 hours of continuing education every two years.
What does Acupuncture do?
The simple answer is that it increases blood circulation, tones the nervous system, and improves optimal function of the body. The first thing most of our patients experience, even after one treatment, is improved quality of sleep. Some other common improvements, even if it is not the focus, is regular menstrual cycles, regular quality bowel movements, less anxiety, and better digestion.
What is Qi (chee)?
Qi is a complex component of the all-living organisms and can neither be seen, tasted nor smelled. It is the intellectual organizational function of the body. Qi and blood go together just as oxygen and blood go together; one doesn’t function in the body without the other.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
No. You might feel a slight pinch at the sight of the needle but beyond that it is pretty painless. What you are looking to feel is a dull heavy sensation; this means the needle is doing its job.
What should I wear?
Most acupuncture treatments use the arms, legs, abdomen and back. Loose clothing is what is suggested to wear. There are some situations where disrobing is necessary, however proper draping with a sheet or blanket is always used.
How old do you have to be to get Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is suitable for all ages, babies and beyond. For babies we use massage, acupressure and special tools to activate the points. Toddlers can receive acupuncture with needles, however needle retention is quick and other modalities are used such as cupping and gua sha. Children receive acupuncture and other modalities only if they are willing and for as long as they will lay still.
How many needles do you use?
It depends on the presentation. The average is somewhere between 12-20 needles in one treatment.
How big are the needles?
Actually they are more like pins! Acupuncture needles are really fine filiform (not hollow) needles. They come in all lengths and some are almost as thin as a strand of hair.
How often should I get treatment?
This answer varies upon condition and presentation. For most new patients we recommend receiving 4 weekly treatments to get your body to a base line. Generally after 4 treatments we can move on to the next phase of your treatment plan. Treatment plans are personalized and individualized to each of our patients. Usually chronic presentations require more treatment, where acute presentations often require fewer.