Commonly Asked Questions

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are the size of 3 human hairs in diameter. Some people experience some form of sensation when the needles are inserted; they may feel a dull ache, a “zing”-type of feeling, or nothing at all.  Different points have different effects on different people, and some points on some people show no kind of sensation at all.

How is Acupuncture effective according to a Western model of medicine? 

Research has shown that the physiological effects of Acupuncture are primarily derived from an increased production of endorphins and other natural opioid peptides. In addition, Acupuncture also is shown to enhance the activity of white blood cells.

How many Acupuncture sessions does it take to see results?

Usually after 6 weekly treatments, an Acupuncture practitioner can assess whether Acupuncture is a successful modality of treatment for the individual in question. Symptoms can sometimes instantaneously shift completely, or they can slowly get better; this can depend on the length of time the individual has experienced them and how intense they are. Symptoms are the body’s teachers and we can learn together what it is they are attempting to communicate to you.

Can I use Acupuncture in combination with my regular course of treatment?

Absolutely. Acupuncture is a fantastic complementary therapy for whatever health issue you are interested in addressing. You can continue whatever treatment you are receiving for your symptoms, and receive Acupuncture at the same time.  It is considered safe and effective.

Is Acupuncture recognized as a legitimate treatment modality?

There have been numerous studies done with Acupuncture and controlled trials in regards to many types of symptoms and conditions. The World Health Organization has listed the following symptoms, diseases and conditions (as well as numerous others) that have been shown (through controlled trials) to be treated effectively by acupuncture:

correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)                    



induction of labor                                                     

allergic rhinitis 




dental pain

nausea and vomiting                                              

neck pain

postoperative pain                                                    

tennis elbow

facial pain                                                                   

low back pain           

rheumatoid arthritis                                                   


acute and chronic gastritis                        

knee pain                                              

stroke effects                                                              

hay fever    

tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction