• How many treatments will I need?

    The number of treatments it takes to effect change in a condition depends on a few factors ... including the disease and it's severity, the duration of the illness, the frequency of the treatments and the individuals themselves. As a rough guideline a clear benefit from acupuncture is usually experienced after approximately six to twelve treatments at weekly intervals, though often a clear shift is felt within the first three sessions. It may then be advisable to come in once or twice a month to  ensure the treatments hold. Generally treatment for chronic conditions takes more time, while treatment for acute conditions is shorter. For very acute situations ... a recent injury, or an acute illness ..... it is often advisable to come in twice a week for 2-3 weeks.

    Supplementing one's acupuncture treatments with Chinese herbal medicine can significantly hasten the healing process.

    Many people love acupuncture and see it as part of their health maintenance, choosing to come in monthly or seasonally.

    Acupuncture is an extremely safe method of treatment, and as such, side effects and complications are rare. However, a small number of people do have reactions which may include nausea or lightheadedness.

    There are very few situations where acupuncture is not advised. These include having hemophilia, a severe psychotic condition, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If the patient is pregnant - certain acupuncture points and needle manipulations should not be used during pregnancy, though non-contraindicated points are perfectly safe, and often very helpful during pregnancy.