Is acupuncture painful? Is it safe?

Most people experience little to no discomfort. However, everyone reacts differently to sensory stimulation, and some people may experience very mild numbness, tenderness, and pain. Acupuncture is extremely safe when done properly. In addition, acupuncture can complement and enhance your other medical treatments. (WHO benchmarks for the practice of acupuncture)

Can you get infected/sick from the needles?

I use sterile disposable (single-use) needles and the treatment area is disinfected with alcohol after each treatment.

How long does an acupuncture treatment last?

Depending on the case and the questions asked, the first treatment can last up to 75 minutes. All subsequent treatments 45 – 60 minutes.

How long does it take to see results?

I try to make improvement to my patients’ condition with each treatment. Patients often see significant reduction in pain after each treatment.

How often would I need treatment?

The frequency of treatment depends on your health condition.
Some patients benefit from more frequent acupuncture treatments, while others may only need to be treated once a week. Once your condition has stabilized, you won’t need to come as frequently. When you come for your first treatment, a treatment plan will be made specifically for you.

How can acupuncture help me?

Acupuncture has been shown to be helpful and relieve ailments such as joint pain, back pain, headaches, menstrual cramps, digestive problems, high blood pressure, back pain, arthritis, hernia and stress. It is also increasingly used in obstetrics to relieve morning sickness and ease labor. The World Health Organization recognizes more than one hundred conditions for which acupuncture can help. (PDF: Acupuncture_WHO_2003)

What does holistic medicine mean?

Balance. Holistic medicine is a system that examines the patient’s entire clinical picture. This includes lifestyle, emotions, nutrition, balance of internal organs and so on. Holistic medicine treats not only the symptoms of diseases, but also the causes.