Medical Acupuncture FAQ
What do the acupuncture needles feel like? Do they hurt?
People experience acupuncture needles differently. Most patients feel only minimal pain as the
needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there should be no pain
How deep do the needles go in?
That depends on the nature of the problem, the location of the points selected, the patient’s size, age,
and constitution, and upon the acupuncturist’s style or school. Usually, needles are inserted from ¼
to 1 inch in depth.
Will acupuncture cure my problem?
The treatments themselves do not cure a condition. They can, however, help a patient heal a
condition by stimulating the patient’s natural mechanism for healing.
How many treatments do I need?
That depends upon the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint. You may need only a single
treatment for an acute condition. A series of five to fifteen treatments may resolve many chronic
problems. Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time.
What if I am healthy? Can acupuncture prevent future problems or enhance health?
Yes. Acupuncture has traditionally been used as a preventive medicine, and for health maintenance.
Recent research has verified that acupuncture stimulates immune function, which increases resistance
to bacterial and viral infections. Many people find that occasional acupuncture "tune-ups" help them
to feel "in sync". Studies show that people receiving regular acupuncture get sick less often and
recover more quickly, and have markedly fewer long term health care costs.
What does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture successfully treats:
• Chronic and acute pain Migraines/Headaches
• Digestive disorders
• Chronic Diarrhea Constipation
• PMS/Menopausal symptoms