Frequently asked questions

Curious about acupuncture? 
I get a lot of questions about acupuncture. Below are some of the more common Q&As I have with people. 
Your question not listed here? Contact me. I'm happy to talk to you about how acupuncture may be able to help you.
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    What is acupuncture?
    Acupuncture is a form of healthcare that originated in China thousands of years ago. It involves placing very thin needles at specific points on the body with the intention of smoothing the flow of energy, eliminating toxins and stagnant body fluids, and restoring the whole person to balance. It has been used for centuries to treat a variety of physical and emotional ailments.
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    How does acupuncture work?
    Similar to the circulatory and nervous systems, we have another system in our bodies that eastern medical practitioners refer to as the meridian system. This system is comprised of channels of energy (aka chi), and by accessing the energy at various points along the body, an acupuncturist can help restore and balance the body's energy.
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    What is that point for?
    I like to compare the meridians (the lines of energy in the body) to a circuit board in a very sophisticated computer. By accessing a point or a combination of points with acupuncture needles, we can affect change at seemingly unrelated areas of the body. I liken it to flipping a switch on your home's electrical panel and getting the lights to come back on. It's all connected!
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    Can acupuncture help with _________?
    Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization to be effective in the treatment of many different conditions. I work with people to resolve very complex conditions. Because we are all unique, our ailments manifest very differently for each of us. Treating conditions according to Chinese Medical Theory yields wonderful results for my patients.
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    Can you do acupuncture on kids/babies?
    Absolutely. Children often respond more quickly to acupuncture than adults. Many children have an aversion to needles because of their experience with getting shots. But acupuncture needles are about the thickness of a human hair; in some cases, smaller. I love working with children to give them their first experience of "needles that don't hurt"!
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    Does acupuncture hurt?
    It's funny how many people with tattoos walk into my office and ask this question. Most people are pleasantly surprised by how painless it is, and even find it quite relaxing. If anything you may feel like a rubber band is lightly snapping at your skin. I use only the highest-quality, well-engineered, single-use needles to ensure the comfort of my patients.
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    What are the educational requirements to become an acupuncturist?
    To practice acupuncture in the U.S., candidates attend a minimum 3-year U.S. Department of Education accredited master's degree program, which includes over 3,000 hours of didactic and clinical instruction. We undergo strict examination by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. We are required to complete 60 hours of continuing education every 2 years to maintain our national certification and state licensure.