What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of natural medicine that involves inserting thin, sterile needles into specific locations on the body to stimulate healing. 

It is one of the more popular treatments under the Traditional Chinese Medicine umbrella. Acupuncturists also treat patients with herbs, cupping therapy, moxibustion, tuina massage, gua sha, and nutrition. 

This form of natural medicine can be used by anyone, young and old. It’s safe to combine with other medical treatments such as physical therapy and chiropractic treatment. In most states, doctor referrals are not required to receive acupuncture treatment.

How Does it work

How Does Acupuncture Work?

So the big question. Does acupuncture hurt?

You’ve continued to read this far, which means you are giving acupuncture some thought. You may be thinking acupuncture can actually help, but there’s needles involved. Trust me, it doesn’t hurt.

You may feel a slight pinch, but it goes away within a few seconds. When I first started receiving acupuncture, I was scared. To the point of my hands being sweaty. Thankfully, my fears didn’t discourage me and neither should yours. 

When treating mental health patients in my office, here are common conditions that are usually related:

Because acupuncture is a truly holistic form of medicine, I am looking for signs and patterns that have led to your current state of health. This is important for long term sustainability. We don’t paint dying leaves of a plant green, we examine and treat from the root.

Chinese Medicine is about figuring out where the imbalance came from and treating it based on those findings.