What is Acupuncture?

  • Acupuncture is one of the many branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into specific points along the course of the meridians. Acupuncture is used to restore the normal balance and flow of Qi, so organs and body systems can work together in harmony as intended. This balance sets the stage for the body to repair itself and maintain in a healthy state.

Do the needles hurt?

  • The needles usually do not hurt, except an occasional pinching sensation.

Are acupuncture needle sterile and safe?

  • Yes. The government requires acupuncturists to follow very strict sterilization procedures. In addition, pre-sterilized needles are manufactured, packaged, and shipped in sterilized containers to ensure compliance with the law.

How many treatments will I need?

  • Due to the fact that each patient’s health problem is unique and that each person responds differently to treatment, the number of treatment and the frequency may vary. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Our practitioner will advise you of an appropriate treatment plan after your initial assessment – usually 1-3 treatments per week,  then monthly visits for health maintenance.

What is Qi?

  • Qi is the vital energy of any living organism and source of all movement and change in the universe. Energy we create from the digestion of food, air and liquids and how we interact with our environment via exercise, meditation, etc.

What is Qigong (Chi Kung)?

  • Qigong (sometimes spelled “Chi Kung”) is a unique Chinese exercise system. Through individual effort, practitioners build up their health and prevent illness by combining discipline of mind, body and the body’s “Qi” (vital force).

Do I need a doctor’s referral to come to acupuncture?

  • A referral from your doctor is not required to receive acupuncture unless you are being treated for a WCB or ICBC claim, however some private insurance companies do require a medical referral. It is best to check with your provider prior to your first visit.

How long will I be in the clinic for each session?

  • This depends on the injury and type of treatment you require, but expect to be in the clinic for approximately one hour.