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Frequently Asked Questions


Herbal Medicine

How does acupuncture work?

There are various scientific speculations on the mechanism of acupuncture. The short answer is it activates the body's own self-healing mechanism.  It may do this through increasing blood flow to key regions of the body (acupuncture points), promoting circulation and stimulating the release of endorphins.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Not really. Some people feel a soft tap. If felt, the entry of the needle has been sometimes described as a slight pinch.  Please note, it is also common (though infrequent) to get a superficial bruise at the needle insertion site.  This may be unavoidable for all practitioners since everyone's body response differently to acupuncture.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes. All licensed practitioners are required to learn proper procedures for safe practice and pass the Clean Needle Technique examination to receive certification. 

What type of needles are used in acupuncture?

Very fine, single-use, sterile needles.  Needles are safely disposed after one use.

How long are the needles left in?

It depends on the condition and age.  For children, it may be for 1-5 min or not left in at all.  Generally, needles are left in for 20-25 minutes.

How often should I receive acupuncture?

Acute conditions may require multiple treatments close together for a short time (2-3 weeks).  Chronic condition follow-ups may vary from once a week to every 2 weeks.  Maintenance treatments may be once every 2 weeks to a month. Complex and severe conditions may require long-term ongoing treatments.

How long will it take to see improvements?

This will vary depending on the condition of each person. Generally, some improvements are seen right away or fairly soon after starting their treatment.

I'm not sick. Should I still get acupuncture?

Yes. Acupuncture and TCM is a very effective approach for prevention of illness. Acupuncture supports the body to return to its healthy state. Therefore, it is wise to have acupuncture regularly (about once a month depending on your body) for tune-ups.

What type of issues can I use herbs?

Herbs may be used for many conditions. This includes conditions such as digestive disorders, women's health, or skin issues.


How are herbs taken?

Herbs are prescribed in granule, tablet, capsule, pill or raw herb tea.  Usually taken 1-3 times a day depending on the condition.

Are herbs safe?

Yes. Herbs used are sourced from manufacturers who follow the guidelines of the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) to ensure safety of products.

What are herbs made of?

Herbs are mostly plant based but some are animal based. 

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