Andrea Cillo, Acupuncturist

Andrea Cillo

Acupuncturist

876 sunrise hwy Bay Shore New York, 11706

About

After receiving my associates in biology, I attended the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in Manhattan and earned my Masters of Science in Acupuncture. There I learned the unique style of Acupuncture Physical Medicine (aka trigger point dry needling). Developed by our headmaster Mark Seem and based on Janet Travell's books on trigger points, this technique releases "knots" in muscles to alleviate musculoskeletal pain and even internal visceral symptoms (such as chest pain or digestive disorders) without the harmful injections of steroids or numbing agents. I was also well versed in many other tricks that go with the trade such as moxabustion, electro-acupuncture, cupping and gua sha. Currently, I am studying Classical Chinese Medicine under the mentorship of Timothy Aitken, a master practitioner and specialist in pediatric acupuncture. Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into strategic points on the body to achieve overall wellness. This technique developed over 3,000 years ago and takes a holistic approach to healing. All the symptoms that you're feeling come down to one root diagnosis: an imbalance between internal organs, and/or pathology that has made it's way into your body. Acupuncture works to correct these imbalances and pathologies by supporting your body's natural ability to heal itself. You and I are a team. That means that you have as big a role in your healing as I do. You have the ultimate control over your body and it is up to you to exercise it. Your health is your responsibility, and your healthcare team is here to support you.

Education and Training

Tri State College of Acupuncture M.S. 2013

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Andrea Cillo's Expert Contributions
  • My Blog

    On my website, you'll find a blog that I use to provide a basic education in the theories of acupuncture. I feel that the more one understands about acupuncture and how it works, the better connection they have to their treatments and the better their response. I also like to use that space to...

  • Can acupuncture help with seasonal allergies?

    Yes. Acupuncture can help treat and prevent seasonal allergies. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture help with asthma?

    Yes. Acupuncture can be very effective in treating asthma. READ MORE

  • How long does it take for acupuncture to work for insomnia?

    That is dependent on why you have insomnia, how long you've had it, and your compliance with your practitioners treatment plan. Typically, the longer something has been in existence, the longer it will take to resolve, but acupuncture has a cumulitive effect. As you continue with regular treaments, your results will last longer and longer and eventually, you may be able to decrease your treatment frequency and stop treatments. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture good for insomnia?

    Yes. Acupuncture can be very effective in treating insomnia. READ MORE

  • What is better for sciatica acupuncture or chiropractor?

    That's entirely up to you! Every body is different and treatment options are subjective. Try them both and see how you feel. You may also find that a combination of the two is the most effective treatment strategy for you. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture for your neck safe?

    Yes. So long as your treament is performed by a licensed or certified acupuncturist, acupuncture is safe throughout your entire body. READ MORE

  • How effective is acupuncture for neck spasms?

    Acupuncture is extremely effective in treating muscle spasms. Particularly the techniques of cupping and trigger point dry needling. READ MORE

  • How many sessions of acupuncture do you need for neck spasms?

    That is dependent on why you have the neck pain, how long you've had it, and your compliance with your practitioners treatment plan. Typically, the longer something has been in existence, the longer it will take to resolve. Please not that acupuncture has a cumulitive effect. As you continue with regular treaments, your results will last longer and longer and eventually, you may be able to decrease your treatment frequency. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture cause muscle spasms?

    It shouldn't. Make sure you drink plenty of water before and after your treatment. If you're feeling cramping or muscle spasms during the treatment, let your practitioner know so they can adjust the needls. If the cramping is happening after the treatment, let your practitioner know at the beginning of your next treatment as it may indicate a new approach for your treament. READ MORE

  • How far do acupuncture needles go in?

    That depends on the area of your body. Some locations may only go in a few millimeters, and others areas allow for three inches of needle depth. READ MORE

  • Do acupuncture needles go into nerves?

    No. Acupuncture needls may be placed next to nerves, but never directly into the nerve itself as it can cause damage to the nerve. READ MORE

  • How many acupuncture treatments are needed for sciatica?

    That depends on the reason why you have sciatica, how long you've had it, and your compliance with your practitioners treatment protocols (taking herbs, doing stretches, etc). Generally speaking, the longer a condition has been in existence, the longer it will take to resolve. That being said, if you're not feeling some changes or improvement within 5-8 treatments, it may be in your best interest to seek a new acupuncturist or a different style of acupuncture. READ MORE

  • How many acupuncture treatments are needed for sciatica?

    That depends on the reason why you have sciatica, how long you've had it, and your compliance with your practitioners treatment protocols (taking herbs, doing stretches, etc). Generally speaking, the longer a condition has been in existence, the longer it will take to resolve. That being said, if you're not feeling some changes or improvement within 5-8 treatments, it may be in your best interest to seek a new acupuncturist or a different style of acupuncture. READ MORE

  • How many sessions of acupuncture do you need for neck pain?

    That depends on the reason why you have neck pain, how long you've had it, and your compliance with your practitioners treatment protocols (taking herbs, doing stretches, etc). Generally speaking, if you're not feeling some changes or improvement within 5-8 treatments, it may be in your best interest to seek a new acupuncturist or a different style of acupuncture. READ MORE

  • Is it safe to do acupuncture every day?

    It is but only for acute, severe conditions such as stroke or mono. Generally speaking, you won't need treatment more frequently than once per week. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help neuropathy in feet?

    Yes. Acupuncture can be very effective in treating neuropathy and other nerve conditions. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture good for arthritis in the neck?

    Yes. Acupuncture is very effective in treating arthritis throughout the body. READ MORE

  • How do you acupressure your feet?

    There are several points you could apply acupressure to on your feet. The selection of these points depends on what your goals in health are. Tell your acupuncturist what you would like to treat and they can suggest the most appropriate points. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture in the neck safe?

    Yes. So long as your treatment is being administered by a certified or licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture throughout the body is completely safe. READ MORE

  • How should I feel after my first acupuncture treatment?

    Relaxed! It may take some time to find significant changes in your primary complaint (be it depression, pain, etc.) but you should feel relaxed and sense of wellness after each treatment. It's also possible that you may feel sore or aching in the areas where needles were inserted, or generally fatigued. This is normal. The fatigue should wear off after a good night's rest and the soreness within 1-2 days. If you leave feeling your condition has worsened, try another practitioner or style of acupuncture. READ MORE

  • What are the benefits of acupuncture for generalized anxiety disorder?

    Acupuncture is very effective in treating and preventing anxiety and anxiety and panic attacks. You may find a decrease in your anxiety symptoms (heart palpitations, tightness in the chest, digestive upset, obsessive thoughts etc.), fewer flare ups, and less sentitivity to stressors in a little as one treatment. READ MORE

  • How often should I get acupuncture for panic attacks?

    For a condition like anxiety, I wouldn't treat any more frequently than once per week. You want to give your body time to adjust to it's new setting before you go changing things again and this is especially important for anxiety. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture lower stress about covid-19?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture is very effective in relieving stress of all kinds. READ MORE

  • Can a fever be treated with acupuncture?

    Yes. Acupuncture can help to lower and break a fever. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with lung pain?

    It can, but please be sure to see a cardiologist and pulmonologist to be sure that the pain is not due to a problem in the organs. READ MORE

  • Why does acupuncture hurt sometimes?

    The reason why depends on the type of sensation you're feeling. The needles themselves should never feel uncomfortable. If it feels sharp, pinching, or burning, then it must be removed and a new one inserted. If you're feeling heavy, aching, penetrating, spreading, or traveling sensations, this means that the point is activated. These can feel intense but breathe through them and allow your body to do what it needs to. If it's ever overwhelming, let your practitioner know so they can ease up and support you through it. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with energy levels?

    Yes. Acupuncture can be very effective in improving and sustaining poor energy levels, and managing excessive energy levels. READ MORE

  • How long are acupuncture needles left in?

    That depends on the style of acupuncture you are receiving. Personally, I won't leave needles in for any longer than 20 minutes, but some acupuncturists may leave them in for 30 or more. Leaving the needles in for longer periods of time does not make for a more effective or longer lasting treatment, however. In fact, when needles are left in the body for longer than 20 minutes, the treatment can acually revert and it can leave the patient feeling extremely fatigued. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture needles be left in too long?

    They can. When needles are left in the body for longer than 20 minutes, the treatment can actually revert. Leaving them in for too long will also leave the patient feeling extremely fatigued because it taxes the body's qi and blood. READ MORE

  • How does acupuncture relieve pain?

    There are 2 ways in which acupuncture works to alleviate pain: through the root treatment, and through local treatment. The root treatment is the most effective way to alleviate pain long term. The root treatment works with the reason why you're feeling pain. We believe that the body has the ability to heal itself. If it can't, then that means something is off and must be resolved to get you back on the path of healing. For example, say you had gotten into a car accident that resulted in whiplash. Your body should be able to resolve the muscle spasm on it's own. If it can't, the root cause of the pain in your neck may not be the whiplash, but the actual trauma from the accident. Treating the trauma will allow your body to heal itself again, leaving you permanently pain free. Local treatment is what provides more immediate, short term relief. This includes techniques like cupping, electrical stimulation, or dry needling. Using the whiplash analogy again, local treatment will work specifically with the muscle tension and spasms. READ MORE

  • What should you not do before acupuncture?

    Aside from the obvious like smoking or drinking, my only other recommendation would be to not eat a large meal. Have something light about an hour before so you aren't hungry. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture better than chiropractic?

    That decision is up to you! Everyone's body is different which means we will all react differently to treatments. Try them both. You may find one works better than the other or that they actually work best in conjucntion. READ MORE

  • How long does it take for acupuncture to work for stress?

    You may feel relief right away. Acupuncture has been proven to take your body from a sympathetic nervous state to a parasympathetic nervous state. If you don't feel immediate relief, I suggest giving it 5-8 treatments. If you're still not finding any changes in your body or your symptoms, try another acupuncturist or a different style of acupuncture. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture good for osteoarthritis?

    Yes. Acupuncture can be very effective in treating the causes and symptoms of osteoarthritis. READ MORE

  • How long do the effects of acupuncture last for anxiety?

    That depends on how long you have been suffering from anxiety and your compliance with your practitioners treatment plan (dietary or lifestyle changes, taking supplements, etc). You will also find that acupuncture has a cumulative effect. As you continue with regular treaments, your results will last longer and longer. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture help swollen knees?

    Yes. Acupuncture can be very effective in treating swelling throughout the body. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture cure sweaty hands and feet?

    Yes. Acupuncture can help decrease the sweat production in your hands and feet. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture treat sweating?

    Yes. Acupuncture can help induce, increase, and decrease sweat production. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with aging skin?

    It can. There are acupuncturists who specialize in skin care and can help with everything from hyperpigmentation (age spots) to wrinkles. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture damage nerves?

    Not unless your acupuncturist needles directly into a major nerve and this is very unlikely. If your acupuncturist is licenced or certified, then they have training on how deep a needle can penetrate to avoid damaging any nerves, arteries, or veins. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture cause itching?

    No, but if you have an allergy to silicone you may have some itching or irritation around where the needles were placed. Some brands of needles are coated in silicone to allow for a more pain free experience. If you do have an allergy to silicone or experience any symptoms of an allergy after treatment, tell your practitioner so they can use a different brand of needles. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with skin problems?

    It can. There are acupuncturists who specialize in skin care and can help with everything from acne to wrinkles. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture regulate metabolism?

    Yes. Acupuncture can help regulate and support your metabolism. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help panic attacks?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture is very effective in treating and preventing anxiety and panic attacks. READ MORE

  • What does acupuncture do for anxiety?

    Acupuncture can help treat, manage, and prevent anxiety. READ MORE

  • How long does it take for acupuncture to work for panic attacks?

    How long it takes for any treatment to take effect is dependent upon the condition, the length of time the condition has been in existence, the pracitioner's style of acupuncture, and the patient's cooporation and adherence to the pracitioner's treatment protocols. In general, if you're not feeling some changes in your body within 5-8 treatments, it may be in your best interest to seek another practitioner or a different style of acupuncture. READ MORE

  • How long does acupuncture take to work for depression?

    How long it takes for any treatment to take effect is dependent upon the condition, the length of time the condition has been in existence, the pracitioner's style of acupuncture, and the patient's cooporation and adherence to the pracitioner's treatment protocols. In general, if you're not feeling some changes in your body within 5-8 treatments, it may be in your best interest to seek another practitioner or a different style of acupuncture. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture effective for depression?

    Yes, acupuncture can be very effective in treating depression and other mood disorders. READ MORE

  • Where do you put acupuncture needles for anxiety?

    Where we place needles (for any condition) is determined by your symptoms, and our findings through tongue and pulse diagnosis. These three keys tell us your root condition- the reason why you are suffering from anxiety. Once we know your root condition, we can decide what points to use and how to activate them. You may find there are different points are used with each treatment. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help prevent a miscarriage?

    Yes. Acupuncture can help support pregnancy and prevent miscarriages. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture cause miscarriage in early pregnancy?

    No. There are points that should be avoided during pregnancy but they would not trigger a miscarriage in early pregnancy. READ MORE

  • How do you know if acupuncture is working?

    If it's working, you should feel some relief of your pain. You may also find improvements in your overall wellbeing (improved sleep, digestion, mood, energy levels, etc.). I will also note that you may feel improvement that lasts for a short time but then the pain returns. This is normal. Acupuncture has a cumulitive effect so as you continue with treatment the relief will last longer and longer. If you are not feeling any improvement within 5-8 treaments, try another acupuncturist or another style of acupuncture. READ MORE

  • Is this normal after acupuncture?

    It is. While most people feel relaxed after treatment, sometimes you can feel fatigued and lethargic. This is typical after a rigorus or intense treatment. All it means is that you need rest so don't worry! Once you get the rest you need you'll be feeling better. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help a chronic cough?

    Yes. Acupuncture can help treat the cough and root reason why you have it (cold, allergies, phlegm, etc.). READ MORE

  • What is the success rate of acupuncture for quitting smoking?

    It can be very successful but that all depends on how badly you want to quit. In my experience, acupuncture works best when the patient is 100% willing to quit smoking AND put in any work necessary to break the habit (meditation, lifestyle changes, etc). It can help with the cravings, the habitual actions, and any withdrawal symptoms you may experience. It can also help with the side effects of smoking such as coughing or phlegm in your lungs. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help you to stop smoking?

    Yes. Acupuncture can be very helpful in smoking cessation. In my experience, however, acupuncture works best when the patient is 100% willing to quit smoking AND put in any work necessary to break the habit (meditation, lifestyle changes, etc). It can help with the cravings, the habitual actions, and any withdrawal symptoms you may experience. It can also help with the side effects of smoking such as coughing or phlegm in your lungs. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with insomnia?

    Yes. Acupuncture can be very helpful in treating insomnia and the cause of it. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture prevent the flu?

    Absolutely. Regular acupuncture treatments can help boost your immune system and prevent the development of colds and flus. It works best in congunction with other preventative measures such as proper diet and attire (seems silly but we all run out of the house without warm enough clothing from time to time). READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help prevent viruses?

    That depends on the virus and how it's been contracted. Something like a cold or flu can be easily prevented with regular acupuncture treatments. A virus like herpes, however, cannot be prevented but acupuncture can help treat the symptoms. READ MORE

  • What are the side effects of acupressure for someone with dengue?

    In this case, I recommend you visit a licensed acupuncturist for treatment. Additionally, serious, acute conditions can and should be treated 3-4 times per day. If the patient is unable to travel that often for treatment, there will be almost no side effects to acupressure if the points applied are provided by an acupuncturist who has seen and diagnosed the patient. There may be discomfort, however, from the pressure itself. Do not use points found on the internet. These points are based solely on symptoms and may not reflect what is actually happening within the body. Diagnosis by a licensed acupuncturist is crucial. READ MORE

  • What does acupuncture for the head do?

    If you are asking about needle placement on the head, these points can be used for several reasons such as improving focus, lifting someone's energy or mood, or treating bells palsy or stroke. If you're asking what acupuncture can do for conditions involving the head, like headaches or lightheadedness, the answer is that acupuncture is very effective in treating these conditions; even without placing needles on the head. I hope this answers your question! READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture good for heel pain?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture is very effective in treating many types of pain. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help lung problems?

    Yes. Acupuncture, can be very effective in treating the lungs. Depending on the condition, cupping may also be applicable. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture good for sprained ankles?

    Yes. Acupuncture is very effective in treating and preventing injuries. Your practitioner may also have you apply some liniment to aid the healing process. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture treat acid reflux?

    Definitely. Acupuncture can treat and prevent acid reflux, and help your body repair any damage that has been done by the reflux. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture on the forehead safe?

    Yes. There is a slightly higher risk of bruising with any needles on the face, but so long as the needle manipulation is gentle this won't be a problem. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture help foot pain?

    Absolutely. And if you're nervous about having needles in your feet, acupuncturists can use moxibustion. This technique burns moxa (an herb) on the skin (don't worry we won't burn you) to activate acupuncture points and alleviate areas of pain. READ MORE

  • Would acupuncture help plantar fasciitis?

    Absolutely. I'm actually currently working with a patient with plantar fasciitis who felt immediate relief after their treatment. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture good for heel pain?

    Yes. Acupuncture can be very effective in treating pain throughout the body. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help a torn meniscus?

    Yes. Acupuncture can help to treat both the pain associated with the tear and speed up the healing of the tear itself. Your practitioner may also prescribe liniments to aid the healing process. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with knee problems?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture is very effective in treating conditions of the knee. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture good for wrist pain?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture is very effective in treating all types of pain. READ MORE

  • Can insomnia be cured by acupuncture?

    Acupuncture can be very effective in treating insomnia. I hesitate to use the word "cure" though, only because the effects of acupuncture and their longevity vary from patient to patient. If after several treatments you find that you're feeling some improvement but it isn't lasting, I recommend trying a different style of acupuncture or a new acupuncturist. Different styles and practitioners will resonate with you differently. The better they resonate, the better your results will be. Also, keep in mind that your practitioner may have dietary or lifestyle changes for you to follow. Your adherence to them will also affect the success of your treatments. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with sleep problems?

    Yes. Acupuncture can be very effective in treating many sleep disorders including insomnia. It is also safe for all ages when applied by a licensed acupuncturist. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with depression?

    It can, but I don't suggest completely avoiding medication as it is necessary in some cases. Acupuncture is a complete form of medicine that is capable of treating any ailment. But the effects can take time and sometimes, people need something more to get through the tougher stages of their condition. Eastern and western medicine work beautifully together. If medication is necessary for you at this time, acupuncture can help to support it and treat any side effects. By using the two together, you can also work on decreasing your dose without experiencing any discontinuation syndrome (withdrawal symptoms without the addiction part). Medications (and medicine as a whole) are less scary when you fully understand them. And I don't mean consulting the internet. Talk directly with professionals. Don't be afraid to ask questions, look for second opinions, or tell your healthcare professionals everything that you're feeling. A teacher once told me that if you can't teach a concept to someone, then you don't fully understand it. If they can't or won't explain everything to you, then walk away. If something is happening that is not within their scope of practice, they can direct you to someone who can be of better help. If they can't or refuse to do that, then walk away. Remember that YOU are in control of and responsible for your body and your health. Fear is what leads to mistrust and doubt. Don't let fear of the unknown control your decisions. Knowledge truly is power, and that's all you need to get on the path to wellness. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture good for bronchitis?

    Yes. Acupuncture and cupping can help shorten the length of time you're sick and help prevent bronchitis in the future. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help a cough?

    It can, and it can help prevent getting sick in the future. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture help you get over a cold?

    It does. Acupuncture can help shorten the length of colds and flus and also prevent them with regular treatments during cold and flu season. READ MORE

  • Why do I have chronic stomach pain?

    First, I would recommend patience. Though acupuncture can be very effective in relieving your condition (even though the western medical cause is unknown), it takes time to work. The longer a condition has been in existence the longer it will take to resolve. That being said, if you're not feeling any changes throughout your body within 5-8 treatments, I would recommend trying a new practitioner or a new style of acupuncture. Secondly, you might find that you will feel better after treatments, but after some time the effects wear off. This is normal and actually a good sign that you're on the road to healing. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect and those results will last longer and longer with each treatment so stay regular with your treatment schedule. Thirdly, prepare for dietary changes and stick to them. Your acupuncturist may start you on an herbal regiment or suggest adding or eliminating certain foods. I suggest keeping a detailed food journal through this process. They're extremely helpful in tracking your symptoms in relation to the foods, times, and amounts you eat, and in relation to your treatments. I will also note that Chinese dietary theory is simple to understand but different from western dietary theory. Don't be afraid to ask questions or for explanations! Lastly, it's possible you may experience a healing crisis, meaning your condition may worsen before it improves (more specifically you may find changes in your bowel movements and/or urination). It is also a sign of healing so have patience but be very verbal with your acupuncturist. Explain any changes in symptoms (even if they're not related to your digestion or stomach pain) so they can better guide and support you through your healing. READ MORE

  • How does acupuncture relieve pain?

    In Chinese medicine, pain is caused by stagnation of the flow of qi (your energy) and blood. Acupuncture alleviates pain in two ways: removing the cause of stasis and local treatment. For example, if you have pain in your lower back that's caused by stress, we treat the stress and then may use techniques like cupping or electrical stimulation to treat the physical pain. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture a permanent cure?

    It can be but not within a single treatment. Permanent cures most often also require permanent lifestyle changes. If you are not willing to make those changes, your cure will not last. READ MORE

  • How are you supposed to feel after acupuncture?

    In a word, relaxed! You may not feel an immediate change in the condition you're seeking acupuncture for, but at the end of every treatment, my patients always comment that they feel a sense of relaxation and wellbeing. READ MORE

  • How does acupuncture help anxiety?

    We help anxiety by treating the root cause of it. Your acupuncturist will help to alleviate the symptoms but also help prevent them from flaring by treating why they flare to begin with. READ MORE

  • Can you treat tinnitus with acupuncture?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture can be very effective in treating tinnitus. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture good for stress?

    Oh yeah! In fact, stress is one of the top 3 reasons why people seek acupuncture. There are many studies proving its effectiveness and patients feel almost immediate improvement. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture anti-inflammatory?

    Yes. Acupuncture is very effective in decreasing inflammation. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help your skin?

    It can. There are even some acupuncturists who specialize in skin care. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture work for anti-aging?

    Yes. For this though, you want to make sure you are seeing an acupuncturist who specializes in skin care and facial rejuvenation techniques. READ MORE

  • How long does facial acupuncture last?

    Acupuncture in general (including facial acupuncture) has a cumulative effect. The more regular you are with treatments, the longer you will see results. Typically, practitioners will have patients start with treatments once per week and then decrease frequency as the patient is feeling more lasting results. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture work on shoulder pain?

    Yes. So long as you are seeing a licensed or certified acupuncturist and complying with their treatment protocols, acupuncture can be very effective in treating shoulder pain. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with knee pain?

    Yes. So long as you are seeing a licensed or certified acupuncturist and complying with their treatment protocols, acupuncture can be very effective in treating knee pain. READ MORE

  • Is it safe to do acupuncture every week?

    Yes. Most patients will actually start with weekly treatments and then slowly decrease treatment frequency. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture loosen tight muscles in neck?

    Absolutely. There are several techniques that we can use to relax tight muscles and can even do so without any local treatment. READ MORE

  • What are the pressure points to relieve neck pain?

    It depends on where the pain is located and what muscles are causing that pain. I would suggest seeing a massage therapist or acupuncturist for specific guidance. READ MORE

  • How often should you get acupuncture treatment for migraines?

    Treatment frequency varies between practitioners and their styles. Typically, patients start with treatments once per week and gradually decrease treatment frequency as their condition improves. READ MORE

  • How are acupuncture and chiropractic care similar?

    They are not. Though some chiropractors may use acupuncture or acupressure in their treatments, chiropractic care alone focuses on physical alignment to alleviate conditions. Acupuncture treats at both the physical and energetic levels. Our theories are very different as well. READ MORE

  • Where are acupuncture needles placed?

    All over your body! There are meridians and points that cover you from head to toe. Of course, they will not all be needled at the same time (that would be over 600 needles including the meridians, extra points, scalp points, and auricular points), but where they are placed exactly will differ depending on why you are seeking acupuncture, the style of acupuncture your practitioner practices, and what your practitioner finds in your tongue and pulse. READ MORE

  • How long do the benefits of an acupuncture session last for?

    That primarily depends on your compliance with your practitioner's treatment protocols (taking herbs, applying acupressure, dietary changes, etc), but acupuncture has a cumulative effect. The more consistent you are with treatments and the longer you receive them, the longer the relief will last. In my practice, I find my patients generally start with weekly treatments. Once they feel relief lasting a full week, we decrease treatment frequency to once every 2 weeks. Then when their relief lasts for 2 weeks, we decrease frequency to every 3 weeks, and so on until they no longer need my services. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture on the head safe?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture is safe throughout your entire body when it's applied by a licensed or certified practitioner. READ MORE

  • What should I do after my first acupuncture session?

    In the words of my teacher: no sex, drugs or rock and roll. After your first and every treatment, you should avoid strenuous activity (that includes sex), recreational drugs, and alcohol. These activities use up a lot of energy and you want to focus your energy on the treatment you just received. Allow your body time to absorb the treatment and adjust to it's new settings. READ MORE

  • Should acupuncture needles hurt?

    You may feel a prick or pinch when the needle is inserted, this is normal. If the needle feels sharp, if you feel a burning pain, or if the pinching doesn't subside, you must tell your practitioner right away. That pain is not normal but will resolve once they adjust or move the needle. That being said, there are some sensations that you will feel from needling techniques that are normal but can be very strong or intense. These sensations include, heaviness, pressure, aching, traveling, or spreading. If your practitioner also practices trigger point dry needling, you may feel what's called a referral pattern. This happens when a knot is released and it triggers the pain you normally feel. This is also normal and will subside once the trigger point is released. Always keep a dialogue with your practitioner. If you are unsure if what your feeling is normal or if it's too intense, tell them. They can explain what is happening, why, and make adjustments when necessary. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture help vertigo?

    Yes, it can. Your acupuncturist will likely work with a technique called moxibustion and/or herbal prescriptions. READ MORE

  • Is it ok to get a massage after acupuncture?

    Absolutely! I love the combination of acupuncture and massage together. I only recommend that you tell your massage therapist that you just had an acupuncture session and show them where the needles were inserted if you can remember (no worries if you can't). Some massage therapist have a background in acupressure and can help support the treatment you just had, or avoid those areas if they are sore or bruised. READ MORE

  • Should you rest after acupuncture?

    Definitely. You may leave some acupuncture treatments feeling fatigued, which is normal. But even if you don't, it's good to let your body relax and absorb the treatment you've just received. READ MORE

  • How quickly does acupuncture work?

    It can work in as little as one treatment but that number really depends on the style of acupuncture you are receiving, the frequency of treatments, and your compliance with your practitioner's treatment plan (taking herbs, dietary or lifestyle changes, etc.). Generally speaking, if you're not feeling any changes within 5-8 treatments, I suggest finding another practitioner or trying a different style of acupuncture. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture be done daily?

    It can be but that is usually not necessary. For most conditions, weekly treatments will suffice. The only reason treatments are done more frequently than that are with acute conditions (you just twisted your ankle, you developed a sinus infection, virus, etc.). For more serious acute conditions like mono or bells palsy, you can actually receive acupuncture treatments several times per day. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture improve egg quality?

    It can, in theory. Though I haven't found any studies that fully support a direct link, it's suggested that by working through aspects such as regulating your cycle, ovulation, and hormone levels, increasing blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, and treating other conditions like endometriosis or early menopause, acupuncture would help improve the surrounding circumstances and therefore also improve egg quality. If it's age related, however (which shouldn't be a problem until around age 40), there unfortunately isn't much that can be done to reverse a natural deterioration process. READ MORE

  • Where do acupuncture needles go for fertility?

    That all depends on what is the cause of your infertility. In general and for any conditions, there are usually points selected locally (in the area of complaint), and distally (away from the area of complaint), that work together to alleviate symptoms and treat the cause of the condition. For example, you may have points in your hands and feet to increase blood circulation, but also applied to your lower abdomen to direct blood flow through that area. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture good for pregnancy?

    Yes, but there are points that are to be avoided during pregnancy. So long as your practitioner knows that you are pregnant, you will be safe. READ MORE

  • How often should I get acupuncture for migraines?

    It depends on how long you have been suffering with migraines and what style of acupuncture your acupuncturist practices. Generally speaking, chronic conditions (anything lasting longer than 3 months) would be treated on a weekly basis. If they have been occurring for fewer than 3 months, you may receive treatments 2-3 times per week. READ MORE

  • Can you get acupuncture for anxiety?

    Yes. Acupuncture is very effective in treating anxiety. Some patients even feel immediate relief. READ MORE

  • How much weight can you lose with acupuncture?

    That's a tough question to answer as there are several factors that affect weight loss. Firstly, you have to consider the style of acupuncture you're receiving, and your compliance with your practitioner's treatment protocols (dietary changes, lifestyle chagnes, etc.). Secondly, you must also consider your biology. Though the weight we carry is easily effected by what and how much we eat, the body's genetic make up can be of equal impact. It can effect everything from metabolism to how much healthy weight it likes to carry. Humans come in all shapes and sizes. My suggestion to you is to not focus on the numbers in your pant size or on the scale, but how you're feeling. If you're eating right, exercising regularly, sleeping well, and feeling good energetically and emotionally, then you're body is at it's peak of functioning no matter what that number is. READ MORE

  • How many acupuncture sessions does it take to see results?

    That depends on the style of acupuncture you're receiving, the treatment frequency, and your compliance with your practitioner's treatment protocol (dietary changes, taking herbs, etc.). That being said, if you're not feeling some changes within 5-8 treatments, I recommend looking for another practitioner or trying another style of acupuncture READ MORE

  • What should I do after acupuncture?

    In the words of my teacher, no sex, drugs or rock and roll. Make sure you can rest after your treatment (you may feel fatigued which is normal), and avoid alcohol, recreational drugs, and OTC medications if possible. Be sure you DO take medications prescribed by your doctor, though. READ MORE

  • What should you not do before acupuncture?

    There really isn't anything you can't do, but I would recommend avoiding taking any OTC medications. This isn't necessary but it does help us to get a more accurate pulse reading and can help you describe your symptoms better since they won't be masked. I also recommend that you do eat something light about an hour before your treatment and drink plenty of water throughout the day. READ MORE

  • How long do the effects of acupuncture last?

    That depends on how you respond to the treatment style and your compliance with your practitioners treatment plan (dietary changes, exercises, herbs, etc.). Acupuncture does have a cumulative effect, however, so as you continue with regular treatments, your relief will last longer and longer. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture hurt the next day?

    Depends on the type of pain your feeling and why you were receiving treatment to begin with. If you're seeing an acupuncturist for pain management, you may feel some soreness and aching the following 1-2 days. Sort of like how you feel after a good work out. This can be alleviated with some heat or Epsom salt baths. If you're seeking acupuncture for other conditions, you may feel some lingering aching in the areas surrounding where the needles were placed and this usually passes within a day. If you're feeling sharp pains, tingling or burning in the areas where the needles were placed, this is not normal and you should contact your acupuncturist. These sensations can be due to the practitioner's needling technique (not getting the needles through the skin fast enough for example), or the type of needle that they use. READ MORE

  • What is acupuncture and how does it help?

    Long story short, acupuncture is an ancient technique where needles are inserted into strategic points around to body to achieve overall wellness. It helps by balancing your body to allow you to heal yourself. READ MORE

  • How many sessions of acupuncture are effective?

    That is dependent upon the effectiveness of the style of acupuncture, the frequency, and your compliance with your practitioner's treatment plan (taking herbs, making dietary changes, etc.). That being said, if you're not feeling any changes whatsoever within 5-8 treatments, I recommend trying another practitioner or another style of acupuncture. READ MORE

  • What is acupuncture and how does it help?

    Long story short, acupuncture is an ancient technique where needles are inserted into strategic points around to body to achieve overall wellness. It helps by balancing your body to allow you to heal yourself. If you would like a more detailed explanation, please visit my website (www.acubyang.com) and check out the About Acupuncture tab and my blogs. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture a placebo?

    No. There are several scientific studies that prove acupuncture's effectiveness and you can find these on www.PubMed.gov. Most notably, there are some fMRI studies that show how acupuncture changes your brain patterns during treatment. READ MORE

  • What is the success rate of acupuncture?

    Acupuncture can be very effective in treating headaches, but there are many factors that determine its success rate including the style of acupuncture you're receiving (different styles will resonate differently with your body and could be more or less effective than others), your compliance with your practitioner's treatment protocols (taking herbs, making dietary changes, exercises, etc.), and treatment frequency. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture good for sciatica?

    Yes, acupuncture is very effective in treating sciatica. In fact, many patients feel complete alleviation of their symptoms with acupuncture treatments alone. READ MORE

  • How long does acupuncture pain relief last?

    That depends on the style of acupuncture you are receiving, and your compliance with your practitioner's treatment protocols (applying heat, exercising, stretching, etc.). That being said, acupuncture has a cumulative effect. So as you continue with regular treatments, the relief will last longer and longer. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture help with spinal stenosis?

    It can definitely help alleviate the pain associated with it, though I am not sure if acupuncture can reverse the progression of stenosis. READ MORE

  • How many sessions of acupuncture do you need for back pain?

    That is dependent upon the effectiveness of the style of acupuncture, the treatment frequency, and your compliance with your practitioner's treatment plan (taking herbs, exercises, stretches, applying heat, etc.). That being said, if you're not feeling any changes whatsoever within 5-8 treatments, I recommend trying another practitioner or another style of acupuncture. READ MORE

  • What should you do after an acupuncture session?

    In the words of my teacher, no sex, drugs or rock and roll. Generally speaking, you want to rest after your treatment and not consume any alcohol. If your acupuncturist works with your muscles and you're feeling sore, apply some heat. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture help inflammatory arthritis?

    Yes. Acupuncture is very effective in treating all forms of arthritis. It helps to alleviate both the pain and the inflammation and prevent it from flaring up in the future. READ MORE

  • What should you do after an acupuncture session?

    In the words of my teacher, no sex, drugs or rock and roll. You want to relax after your treatment and let your body adjust to it's new settings. We recommend no sex, alcohol or drugs (other than medications), and rest. Generally speaking, you can resume your normal activities the following day. If your treatment includes working with the musculature, you may feel sore for a day or two. In this case, no intense physical activity until the soreness resolves. You can apply heat, liniments, or take an Epsom salt bath to alleviate the aching and speed up your recovery. READ MORE

  • How many acupuncture sessions do you need for headaches?

    That depends on the nature of your condition (why you're getting headaches), your compliance with your practitioner's protocols, and how long the condition has been in existence. Typically, the longer a condition has been in existence, the longer it will take to resolve. Be patient with the acupuncture and with your body. That being said, if you're not finding any changes throughout your body within 5-8 treatments, consider a new practitioner or a different style of acupuncture. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help get rid of belly fat?

    Acupuncture can be very helpful and is most effective when working with dietary, exercise, and lifestyle counselling. READ MORE

  • How quickly does acupuncture work?

    That depends on many factors such as the condition itself, how long it has been in existence, and your compliance with your practitioner's protocols. Generally speaking, the longer a condition has been in existence, the longer it will take to resolve. Be patient with your practitioner and with your body. That being said, if you're not feeling any changes after 5-8 treatments, you may want to consider a new practitioner or a different style of acupuncture. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with allergies?

    Yes. There are two main approaches: NAET protocol, and traditional acupuncture. NAET is an acupuncture technique specifically formulated to treat allergies. Needles are placed in your ear and your acupuncturist may also use seeds or intradermal needles to prolong your treatments. Traditional acupuncture works to balance your entire body to address the allergies. This will be a more typical treatment where needles are place throughout your body. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture cure food allergies?

    Theoretically, yes. I personally have not treated anyone for food allergies, but I have treated many people with seasonal and respiratory allergies with success. Since they have the same basic understanding in Chinese medicine, acupuncture should be able to help. If you choose to try acupuncture to treat your food allergies, DO NOT try the foods on your own. Instead, work with your doctor(s) and blood tests to test it's efficacy. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture help with fertility?

    Yes, but acupuncture treatments for fertility can go much deeper than the science behind conception. We understand having a child to be a spiritual experience as much as it is a biological one, so keep an open mind and don't be afraid to ask questions. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with arthritis in the hands?

    Acupuncture is very effective in treating all types of arthritis throughout the entire body. I would suggest trying a ginger soak to alleviate the immediate pain: Boil fresh ginger in water for about 5 minutes. Once the water has cooled but is still warm, soak 2 pieces of cloth in it and then wrap your hands with the cloth. The warmth will penetrate into your joints and alleviate the pain. However, it can burn your skin! If you feel burning pain, add more water and try again. READ MORE

  • What are the negative side effects of acupuncture?

    You may have some soreness or minor bruising in the areas of the needles, and you may leave feeling fatigued or a little dizzy or lightheaded. Otherwise, there are no significant side effects of acupuncture when administered by a state licensed or certified practitioner. To prevent dizziness and lightheadedness, make sure you eat about an hour before your treatment. You don't want to be treated on an empty stomach, but you also don't want to be treated on a full one. If you feel your condition worsens, keep in mind that some conditions will get worse before they get better. Ask your practitioner if this is the case. If you feel worse after every treatment, however, consider a new practitioner or a different style of acupuncture. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture for your neck safe?

    Yes. When administered by a state licensed or certified acupuncturist, acupuncture is very safe for the entire body. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture heal nerves?

    Acupuncture can help speed up the healing of nerve damage and help alleviate the symptoms associated with it. It is important to note that nerves can take upwards of a year to completely heal on their own, so be patient with your body. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture ease sinus problems?

    It can. Because we have a different understanding of the body, your sinus condition may be related to other bodily functions. Acupuncture works to correct any issues that may be causing your sinus condition, and support your entire body to prevent it from flaring again. READ MORE

  • How many sessions of acupuncture do I need?

    It depends on how long ago you sprained your neck. If it's a recent injury, it can be alleviated in as little as 1-5 treatments. If this is a chronic condition (lasting longer than 3 months), it can take longer. For chronic conditions, the longer it has been in existence, the longer it will take to resolve. The healing process is also effected by your compliance with your practitioner's protocols. READ MORE

  • Should I drink water after acupuncture?

    Yes. It is very important to keep yourself hydrated, especially if your treatment worked with the musculature. You really can't drink too much water! READ MORE

  • How does acupuncture lower stress?

    At the physical level, acupuncture works to change your body from a sympathetic nervous state, to a parasympathetic nervous state. So you will typically leave your treatment feeling immediate relief. On the energetic level, we support your body and can give you guidance to better handle stress in the future. READ MORE

  • How effective is acupuncture for depression?

    Acupuncture can be very effective in treating depression if you can keep an open mind. Your acupuncturist will likely work with treating your spirit, and this may take some explanation. Don't be afraid to ask questions or for clarification. Conditions of the spirit can be complex and take time to heal so be patient with your practitioner and yourself. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture effective for arthritis pain?

    Yes. Acupuncture is very effective in treating pain and reducing the inflammation due to arthritis. READ MORE

  • How long does an acupuncture treatment last?

    It depends on your condition, the treatment provided, and if you're diligent about doing your "homework" (herbs to take, exercises to do, etc.). Typically, the longer a condition has been in existence, the longer it will take to feel lasting results. I will usually start patients with weekly treatments and then start decreasing the frequency as their condition improves. This decrease can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. READ MORE

  • How to treat chronic neck pain?

    There are several different local methods that can be used to treat neck pain: cupping, gua sha, ashi (sensitive, tight, or tender) points, trigger point dry needling, and electrical stimulation. In every treatment, however, your acupuncturist will work with what we call the root condition; the true reason why you're suffering from neck pain, READ MORE

  • Can chronic fatigue syndrome be treated with acupuncture?

    Yes. Acupuncture can help to increase your energy levels and also treat poor sleep, poor memory, poor concentration, headaches, and joint pain all associated with CFS. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture help with high blood pressure?

    It does. I have actually helped several people decrease their blood pressure medication doses and a few were even able to stop taking it. READ MORE

  • Is an acupuncture treatment painful?

    You may feel a pinch when the needle goes in, that's normal. If the needle ever feels sharp, or like it's burning, or continues to pinch, tell your practitioner right away so they can move the needle to a more comfortable location. You will often feel sensations from the needles such as traveling, spreading, heaviness, or pressure. These are also normal but they can be intense. If it's ever too strong, tell your practitioner and they can adjust their needling technique. READ MORE

  • Can arthritis knee pain be treated with acupuncture?

    Yes. Acupuncture is very effective in treating the pain and inflammation due to arthritis all over your body. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with fertility?

    Yes. We take a very different approach than western medicine, though. We understand having children is as much a spiritual experience as it is a logistical one. There are many different factors that influence fertility and acupuncture explores them all. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with chronic pain?

    Yes, though it will likely take some time before you feel lasting results. The longer a condition has been in existence, the longer it will take to resolve. This is a normal process in every form of medicine that requires peeling away the layers that have developed over time. READ MORE

  • What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?

    Literally anything and everything! Back in it's day (around 2,000 years ago), acupuncture was used as general medicine to treat anything from colds and flus to cancer. Though it is most frequently used to treat pain today, it is still able to treat any other condition you've got. It also works wonders in conjunction with western medicine and other alternative medicines. So give it a try! READ MORE

  • Is it normal to feel worse after acupuncture?

    It depends on your condition. It is not uncommon to feel sore or fatigued after treatments, and sometimes your condition may worsen before it improves. However, if you leave every treatment feeling worse than when you walked in, that style of acupuncture or that practitioner may not be the right fit for you. I urge you not to give up on acupuncture but would recommend talking to your practitioner about it, or exploring other options in practitioners and styles in your area. READ MORE

  • How long does it take for acupuncture to work for anxiety?

    You may feel relief instantly because acupuncture brings you from the sympathetic nervous state to the parasympathetic nervous state. How long that relief lasts is harder to answer. Typically, the longer a condition has been in existence the long it will take to resolve. This is a normal process in all forms of medicine that requires peeling away layers that have developed over time. Be patient with the medicine and with yourself. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with migraines?

    Yes. Acupuncture can be very effective in treating many different types of headaches and migraines. READ MORE

  • What are the side effects of acupuncture?

    Typical side effects are minor and include bruising, soreness or aching, or fatigue after treatment. When I meet people who are on the fence I always suggest trying it because the worst that happens is that it doesn't help. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture a safe treatment for chronic pain?

    Yes. So long as acupuncture treatments are administered by a certified or licensed acupuncturist, it is a very safe and effective form of treatment for chronic pain. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture relieve my back pain?

    Yes. Acupuncture is a very effective treatment for pain throughout your body. READ MORE

  • What alternative healing practices can reduce my back pain?

    Acupuncture is very effective in alleviating physical pain. You may also want to try massage, rolfing, reflexology, yoga, Pilates (pain and muscle tension can also be from a weakness in your muscles), and reiki. I recommend applying heat and doing some gentle stretching to alleviate the pain at home. Be careful with at-home devices that apply deep pressure to your muscles. This may feel good in the moment but you leave yourself vulnerable to injury because it goes too deep. READ MORE

  • Why does acupuncture help fertility?

    Firstly, I want you to know that you're not considered "infertile" until you've been trying without success for a year. So give yourself a break! Acupuncture works in several ways to support fertility. There are many different reasons why you may be having difficulty (stress, irregular periods, physical conditions, and even fear that you may not be ready, etc.) and acupuncture can work with all of these. Your acupuncturist will find what that reason is (your root condition) and work to resolve it. It is important to note that we don't look at childbearing as a purely scientific event. It is a very spiritual experience in Chinese medicine. Keep and open mind when working with your acupuncturist and don't be afraid to ask questions. Understanding where you are is the best way to determine how to get to where you want to be. READ MORE

  • Is it normal to feel dizzy after acupuncture?

    It's not "normal" but it isn't uncommon. Typically, when patients feel lightheaded or dizzy after a treatment, it's because they didn't eat or drink enough prior to treatment. You don't want to come in on a full stomach, but make sure you're not hungry. I recommend my patients eat something about an hour before so there is time for you to digest. Another reason may be because your practitioner put more needles in the upper part of your body than the lower part. This can cause your energy to rise and leave you feeling dizzy. READ MORE

  • What do acupuncture needles feel like?

    You may feel a little prick when the needle goes in, that's normal. If you feel any sharp, burning, or pinching sensations after the needle is set, tell your practitioner right away. They will remove the needle and the pain will stop within a few moments. I will note, however, that the more scared you are, the more bothersome the needles will be. Breathe deep and allow your body to relax. If you find you're having difficulty, tell your practitioner and they can count down or insert the needle with your exhale. Remember that you are in a safe space and in complete control. If you are uncomfortable at any point, tell your practitioner and they can remove the needles and allow you time to rest. READ MORE

  • Is there evidence that acupuncture works?

    Acupuncture can absolutely help. There is a lot of research out there confirming its efficacy and you can find most of it on PubMed's website: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/. If you don't feel like reading peer reviewed journals, trust that if it's been around for over 2,500 years, then it must be helping someone! READ MORE

  • Acupuncture and depression?

    Acupuncture can be very effective in treating depression and we do so by treating why you are suffering from depression. This is called a root condition and is understood as imbalance within the internal organs and/or a disruption in the flow of your energy. Acupuncture works to correct the imbalances and/or flow, thereby alleviating the symptoms of depression. READ MORE

  • What does acupuncture actually do?

    Acupuncture does a lot. Long story short, our goal is to regulate your entire body so it can work to heal itself. We believe the body to be a self healing mechanism. The reason why you're suffering from migraines is because something is blocking the flow of energy and your body is unable to move it on it's own (don't worry, this doesn't necessarily mean you have a blood clot or anything). Acupuncture works to support your body by resolving why the self healing mechanism is broken. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture be dangerous?

    No. But if acupuncture is performed by someone who is not a licensed or certified acupuncturist, then yes. There are some physical therapists who can practice trigger point dry needling (a style of acupuncture) after a very short course in technique. Because they don't have the extensive understanding of needling techniques, they are at a higher risk of injuring patients. Generally speaking, if your practitioner is licensed (1,500-3,000 hours of study) or certified (a doctor who has taken a 300 hours or less course) then they have met all necessary criteria to perform acupuncture treatments correctly and safely. That being said, it is not uncommon to have soreness or minor bruising in the areas where the needles were placed. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture work for mental illness?

    It does. Working with mental illnesses can be difficult in every field of medicine. If you would like to try acupuncture, I implore you to keep an open mind. We actually understand mental illness as condition of the spirit, so you may find our explanations a little odd. You may also find yourself on something of a spiritual journey but don't let that scare you! Your acupuncturist will be there to support you the whole way. READ MORE

  • What are the negative side effects of acupuncture?

    Most common negative side effects of acupuncture are minor bruising, soreness or aching in the areas where the needles were placed, dizziness or lightheadedness, and fatigue after treatments. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture reduce inflammation?

    Yes. Acupuncture works to alleviate inflammation with both local treatment strategies, and by treating the reason why you have inflammation. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help fertility?

    Absolutely. It is important to note that acupuncture doesn't understand fertility to be a purely scientific phenomena. It's also a spiritual experience. When you see an acupuncturist, keep an open mind and don't be afraid to ask questions! READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture treat migraines?

    It is. There are many reasons why you may be suffering from migraines (muscle tension, low blood sugar, lack of sleep, etc.) and acupuncture can work with all of these. READ MORE

  • Relieving pain with acupuncture?

    There are several ways that acupuncture works to alleviate pain and our approach depends on what is causing your pain. For example, many people suffer from headaches due to muscle tension in the neck. Acupuncturists can use local techniques like cupping, trigger point dry needling, and electrical stimulation to loosen the muscles and thereby alleviate the headaches. Every acupuncturist will also work with a root treatment. This aspect of treatment treats the reason why you're feeling what you're feeling. To expand on the muscle tension example, the root treatment will address the stress that is causing the muscles to tighten up. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with headaches?

    Absolutely. Your acupuncturist will determine what is causing your headaches (your root condition), and work to correct it. With the root cause corrected, your body will heal itself and the headaches will be alleviated. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture work for acne?

    Yes, but I would recommend seeing an acupuncturist who specializes in skincare. Though any acupuncturist can help you, one who specializes in facial acupuncture can better treat current break outs and scarring from acne. READ MORE

  • Where are acupuncture needles placed for migraines?

    Acupuncture can be very helpful in the treatment of migraines. Where the needles are placed, however, differs for everyone and in every treatment. Generally speaking, you have them all over your body to cover 2 aspects of treatment: the root (distal needling) which treats the reason why you're feeling the symptoms, and the branch (local techniques) which treats the symptoms. READ MORE

  • Can vertigo be treated with acupuncture?

    Yes. Acupuncture is actually a very effective treatment for vertigo. Some acupuncturists will also include dietary counselling to help alleviate the symptoms. READ MORE

  • Does acupressure for weight loss work?

    If you only wish to work with acupressure, most acupuncturists will likely use ear seeds to help support you in your weight loss journey. This primarily helps with the symptoms that may cause the weight gain (constant hunger, cravings, etc.). If you are open to acupuncture, we can do a lot more to treat the root cause of why you're feeling those symptoms. Some acupuncturists will also work with dietary and lifestyle counselling to help you make better choices for your body and maintain your weight loss. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture be used to treat depression?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture also works very well in conjunction with therapy and other western medical treatments. There are many different reasons why people suffer with depression. Acupuncture finds the root cause, corrects it, and supports the patient through whatever they are going through. READ MORE

  • Will acupuncture help me with hand pain?

    Absolutely. There are several techniques we can use to alleviate your pain such as trigger point dry needling, electrical stimulation, and simple local needling. These will work to loosen the muscles, increase the flow of blood and qi (your energy), and decrease inflammation. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture help with depression?

    Absolutely. The key in this case (I believe), is to recognize that you are also grieving. No matter what happened between you two, there has ultimately been a loss. With loss comes grief, and with grief comes depression, anger, confusion, and every other emotion in the spectrum. In Chinese theories, it takes a fully year to fully mourn a loss; going through every day, every holiday, every birthday without that person. When it takes longer, it means you're stuck. Acupuncture can help you to move through your grieving and through this process, you'll find you will no longer be ruled by your emotions. I would also recommend therapy if you haven't already started. Having an unbiased third person can help give you an honest reflection of why you feel this way. That honestly may hurt, but don't fear it, it leads to healing. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture effective for migraines?

    Yes. There are many different reasons why you may be suffering from migraines (neurological, musculoskeletal, stress, etc) and acupuncture can work to address them all. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with migraines?

    Yes. There are many different reasons why you may be suffering from migraines (neurological, musculoskeletal, stress, etc) and acupuncture can work to address them all. READ MORE

  • When should you get acupuncture for fertility?

    You can start acupuncture whenever you'd like, but the sooner, the better. As is true for all acupuncture treatments, I would like to specify that you will need more that just one. It's difficult to predict how many exactly or the frequency required because it varies between styles and practitioners. Even after you've achieved your pregnancy, it's a good idea to continue with treatments to support your body through the pregnancy. There are some points we must avoid once you're pregnant, however, so please inform your practitioner as soon as you know. If I may offer one piece of advice, it's to be patient. Having a baby isn't as scientific in Chinese medicine as it is in western medicine. Once your hearts and home are ready, your little bundle of joy will find you. This may take time so don't blame yourselves! Breathe and trust that everything will happen when the time is right. READ MORE

  • How many acupuncture treatments are needed for migraines?

    It's very difficult to put a number on acupuncture treatments because every style, practitioner, condition, and patient are different. Generally speaking, if you don't feel some change or improvement within 5-8 treatments, you should seek another practitioner or style of acupuncture. Don't give up after your first try! As I said before, everyone is different and will react to acupuncture differently, and different styles are suitable for different people. Stick with whatever works best for you. Keep in mind, that your relief may also come from a combination of eastern and western medicine. READ MORE

  • Is it normal to have a headache after acupuncture?

    It's not a usual reaction to acupuncture, but it can be a normal one. Sometimes, your treatment can release energy from one area but it gets stuck in another. It may also be due to too many needles in the upper part of your body. This causes the energy to rise up and can cause headaches, lightheaddedness, dizziness, etc. However, if the root condition (why you're feeling the pain to begin with) isn't being addressed, the practitioner will end up only moving the pain around your body. We call this "chasing the dragon" (sounds cooler than it is). If you're feeling a headache, pain, or other symptoms after every treatment, I would recommend trying a different practitioner or style of acupuncture. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture actually work?

    It does. Most acupuncturists will use a technique called moxibustion to help strengthen your blood and alleviate your symptoms. Some may also incorporate herbal medicine in the form of a capsule, or a powder that you drink as a tea. Keep in mind that you are at a higher risk of bruising from the needles due to your anemia. Be sure to tell your acupuncturist if you have any severe bruising from needling, and I recommend keeping Arnica gel at home. This is an over the counter remedy that can be found at most drug stores and is very effective in treating bruises. READ MORE

  • How long does it take for acupuncture to work for anxiety?

    You can feel immediate relief of your anxiety during an acupuncture treatment. You may find, however, that it doesn't last long. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect, so as you continue with treatments, the relief will last longer and longer. If you abide by your practitioner's recommendations (meditation techniques or lifestyle changes for example), you'll reach that long-term relief even faster and develop better management skills for when anxiety flares up. READ MORE

  • What does acupuncture actually do for your body?

    I'm happy to hear you want to learn more! To answer your first question, acupuncture is a complete form of medicine that is capable of treating any condition. The answer to your second question comes in two parts. In western medical terms, it stimulates the brain but no one is sure exactly how it does so. In Chinese medical terms, we stimulate the body's self healing ability. Long story short, the points we select and how we stimulate them will change how the body functions, move any blockages in the channels, and/or strengthen any weaknesses. With all the junk out of the way and the body functioning as it's intended to, patients can heal themselves. If you would like more detailed information on theory, I recommend reading "The Web That Has No Weaver" by Ted Kaptchuk. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture good for mental health?

    It can and we work by getting to the root of why you suffer from depression. We understand the body very differently than western medicine does. While they may see only a chemical imbalance in your brain, we look at your entire body to understand why you feel this way. There are many contributing factors and many reasons why depression develops in Chinese medicine so treatments vary greatly and are individualized for every patient. Acupuncture can also be used to support western medical treatments such as therapy and medications. Some patients are even able to wean off their medications. If you are taking any antidepressants or other medications to treat your depression, work with your Doctor to adjust doses. DO NOT adjust these medications on your own. If done improperly, it can lead to major mood instability, severe depression, and even suicidal thoughts. READ MORE

  • What can be treated with acupuncture?

    Acupuncture is a complete form of medicine capable of treating any condition, physical and mental/emotional. As a matter of fact, stress and anxiety are among the top 3 most common conditions for which people seek acupuncture (I would say pain is number one). It also works great in conjunction with western medical treatments for anxiety such as medication and therapy. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture lower blood pressure?

    It can, but I don't recommend stopping your medication without consulting your doctor. I have been able to wean several patients off of their BP (and other) medications but it takes time and requires regular treatments and possibly dietary and lifestyle changes to maintain a normal blood pressure. The frequency of treatment is dependent upon the patience's diligence and discipline in maintaining new dietary and lifestyle changes. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture hurt the first time?

    You should never feel pain from the insertion of the needle. There may be a pinch for a second, but otherwise, you shouldn't feel any sharp or burning sensations. If you do, tell your acupuncturist right away so they can adjust the needle. With manipulation of the needle you may feel heaviness, pressure, aching, spreading or traveling sensations. These are all normal and a sign that your body is interacting with the treatment. They can be intense at times so if it's too much, tell your acupuncturist so they can adjust their technique. If something feels off, don't be afraid to speak up. I find that when someone is nervous, every needle hurts. Remember you're in control, so breathe and relax! If you want to know when your practitioner is going to needle, ask them to count down or to insert with your exhale so you're prepared. If you don't want to know, close your eyes and focus on easy breathing. READ MORE

  • Can I do electroacupuncture if I have titanium plates?

    Electroacupuncture is not safe to use on or near any metal implants or devices such as a pacemaker. A practitioner can, however, use it in other areas of the body so long as you are comfortable with it. READ MORE

  • What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?

    Literally anything! Acupuncture is a complete and independent form of medicine that is capable of treating anything from colds to colitis to side effects from cancer medications. Most commonly, it's used to treat stress, pain, and used as preventative medicine. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with anxiety attacks?

    Absolutely. We can help you identify your triggers (if you haven't already), and work to change how your body emotionally and physically reacts to them. I highly suggest working with a private practitioner who does not treat in a clinic style. Clinic style is typically cheaper, but they don't spend much time with the patient and likely won't discuss how you're feeling. Use an acupuncturist who can offer more time to truly get to the root of your attacks. READ MORE

  • How does acupuncture relieve pain?

    In Chinese medicine, we understand pain to be caused by qi (energy) and/or blood stagnation. Thus, our treatments work to move stagnation. Every treatment will work with the root cause of why the qi and blood are stagnated, and some acupuncturists will also work with local treatment. This may be done with needles, or they may use other techniques like cupping, gua sha, and moxibustion. Not all acupuncturists will do local treatment but please understand that they are still treating your pain! Treating the root is complete in and of itself and there is no need for local treatments. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture relieve arthritis pain?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture is very effective in treating many different types of pain but arthritis is a special one to us. We actually have 4 different diagnoses for the general western diagnosis of "arthritis." That different understanding helps us to treat the condition better than simple anti-inflammatories and pain killers. We can also teach you home remedies and exercises that will be helpful in preventing and treating flare ups. READ MORE

  • How does acupuncture help relieve allergy symptoms?

    We understand allergies very differently than western medicine, but we attack from both sides. To us, allergies indicate that you may be rejecting your environment or you may be resistant to change. So, we work to correct your immune system and stop the symptoms, but also to change how you interact with your environment and support you to move through changes of the seasons and throughout your life. READ MORE

  • Are acupressure mats safe?

    They are safe but not very effective. We select specific points unique to what is going on and how your body is responding to it. Acupressure mats are like pressing all the buttons in the elevator to get to the 12th floor. Secondly, there may be more behind your pain than just muscle tension in your lower back. If you would like some home relief, I recommend heat, stretching, and/or massage tools like a foam roller, myofascial ball, or even a softened tennis ball (if you would like more intense pressure). Before you do anything though, see a medical professional or personal trainer for guidance. These techniques may seem harmless, but injuries can easily happen if you're not using the tools or stretching properly. READ MORE

  • What are acupuncture ear seeds?

    Auricular (ear) acupuncture is a method of treating the entire body through the ears. It is most effective in treating addiction but can also assist with pain management. Ear seeds are like small stickers with a tiny ball that apply acupressure to points throughout the ear. Whenever your symptoms flare up, you massage these points and it helps to alleviate them. Point selection should be done by an acupuncturist but it's easy to re-apply yourself in between visits (should you need). I do, however, recommend you see an acupuncturist regularly for treatments. Though the seeds may help with the pain itself, the reason why the migraines keep flaring up is likely something they cannot treat alone. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture relieve depression symptoms?

    Acupuncture can be very effective in treating depression and it's symptoms. How we do it, however, depends on why you have depression. In Chinese medicine, there are many different ways of understanding western conditions, but overall, it comes down to pulse diagnosis. That will tell me what's going on with your whole body and from there, I devise a treatment plan. READ MORE

  • Will acupuncture help with knee pain?

    Acupuncture is very effective in treating all types of pain. Where we insert the needles, however, depends on the style of acupuncture you are receiving and why you have the pain. Believe it or not, you will likely have acupuncture needles throughout your whole body. We always work with your root condition (why you have the knee pain to begin with), but not every acupuncturist will work locally. Know that whether or not your practitioner uses local techniques, we are still treating your pain. READ MORE

  • How often does acupuncture cause bacterial infections?

    Bacterial infections are very rare so long as your acupuncturist practices clean needle techniques. Clean needle technique is a certification all acupuncturists must pass before entering clinical practice in American schools. Basically, it means we learn how to properly swab the areas we plan to needle with alcohol, use clean needles with every insertion, and dispose of them into proper bio-hazard containers. As for the cut on the palm of your hand, acupuncture poses no risk to worsening your condition. Because the skin is open, we would not apply treatment in that area. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture safe for people with hemophilia?

    There is always a risk of bruising with acupuncture and having hemophilia puts you at a higher risk. However, the needles we use are very fine and bruising can be avoided with more superficial and gentle needling techniques. Moxibustion is a great technique that doesn't penetrate the skin but still activates the acupuncture points. Practices like cupping and gua sha are not recommended. READ MORE

  • How long do the effects of acupuncture last?

    Overall, the length of time where symptoms are alleviated varies depending on many different factors. In my experience, the best results come from regular treatments. I usually start with seeing patients on a weekly basis. Once relief lasts the full week, we decrease the frequency to once every 2 weeks. Then once relief lasts for 2 weeks, we decrease to treatments once every 3 weeks, etc. Eventually, patient's will come in on their own "maintenance" schedule and some no longer require my services. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture help knee pain?

    How we treat your knee pain depends on why you have it. Every acupuncturist will first treat your root condition (why you have the knee pain and why your body can't heal it on it's own), and some will also use local treatments. Local treatments may include but are not limited to: trigger point dry needling, moxibustion, liniments, and electrical stimulation. It is important to understand. however, that your practitioner is still treating your pain even if they don't apply local treatments. READ MORE

  • Which is better for back pain: acupuncturist or chiropractor?

    As an acupuncturist, my bias will always be towards acupuncture, but you must first learn why you have the back pain. Chiropractic can be very effective if your issue is structurally based, but in my experience, if they're only cracking joints, they're only providing short-term relief. You want to use a chiropractor who will incorporate other modalities of pain management and recommend stretches and exercises to support your body's new alignment. Acupuncture takes a different approach. Instead of forcing a new alignment and working to sustain it, we support your body in finding that alignment on it's own. This does take more time but is more effective for long term relief. We also work with other reasons why you are having back pain such as trigger points in other areas of your body that refer pain to your back, emotional reasons or stress, and even issues concerning the viscera from both the eastern and western understandings. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture hurt?

    You may feel a little prick when the needle goes in but outside of that, the needles themselves are painless. You may feel sensations from the needle stimulation which may travel, spread, or feel like pressure or heaviness. This is normal and actually a good sign that your body is interacting with the treatment. If a needle ever feels like it's burning, stinging, sharp, or pinching after it has been inserted, tell your practitioner right away. These sensations can occur if the needle doesn't penetrate the skin fast enough or if it's too close to a vein or capillary bed. The pain will stop once the needle is removed and the practitioner will re-insert in a better location. In my experience, when a patient is very nervous and tenses up at mere the thought of needles, every needle will feel sharp. Remember to breath and allow your body to relax! You are in complete control. If you feel uncomfortable or scared at any point the practitioner can likely switch to other modalities and, if necessary, stop the treatment until you are ready. READ MORE

  • Do you need a diagnosis to get acupuncture?

    This is where acupuncture thrives! When western medicine may not have a diagnosis, eastern medicine does and we can absolutely help you manage your pain. It is perfectly safe to receive acupuncture treatments without a western medical diagnosis because acupuncture is it's own, complete form of medicine. If you wish to pay through your insurance company, however, you may need a prescription from a doctor or the procedure may need to be performed by a medical doctor and that may complicate things a bit. Contact your insurance company for more information. This is not required if you pay out of pocket to see a licensed acupuncturist. READ MORE

  • Will acupuncture help my knee pain?

    Acupuncture can definitely help. You can use it as a stand alone treatment or alongside other treatments like physical therapy. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture safe?

    Absolutely. So long as you see a certified or licensed professional, acupuncture is a safe and effective way to treat all types of pain. Be sure to do your research, though. There are bad acupuncturists out there just like there are bad doctors. Use someone you trust and are comfortable with. READ MORE

  • Can my rash be from acupuncture?

    It's likely not a reaction from the treatment but it may be a reaction to the needle. Some needles have a silicon coating which some people are allergic too. Definitely ask your acupuncturist to use another brand of needle. It is also not uncommon to have a little redness around the area where the needle was inserted. This redness usually passes within a few hours to a day. Sometimes, the skin can pucker under the needle and you'll have a little bump after it's removed. Again, this usually resolves on it's own after some time. READ MORE

  • Are acupuncture needles reused?

    It is illegal for acupuncturists to re-use needles. Our needles are designed for one time use and are to be disposed of into a bio-hazard container after removal. You can be sure that they're using sterile needles by watching them open blister packs of fresh needles before your treatment. READ MORE

  • How often should I go for acupuncture?

    Ultimately, that decision is up to you and your acupuncturist. When I see patients for chronic pain, I usually start them with weekly treatments until the pain feels improvement that lasts about one week (until their next treatment). At that point, I start working to decrease treatment treatment frequency to bi-weekly, then once every 3 weeks, etc. If you feel that treatment once per month is not providing you with lasting relief, try increasing the frequency. If you feel the acupuncture isn't helping at all, try a new acupuncturist or a new style of acupuncture. READ MORE

  • How long does an acupuncture last usually?

    That depends on the acupuncturist you're seeing but on average, it usually takes about one hour. If they practice a more clinical style, your treatment may only be a half hour or so. Personally, I take about 2 hours with an initial consultation (I ask a lot of questions), and follow up treatments last about 1 hour. READ MORE

  • Is an achy feeling normal in acupuncture?

    Aching is normal and actually a sign that your body is working with the treatment. During (and sometimes after) treatments you may also feel heaviness, pressure, traveling or spreading sensations from the needles. This is your body's qi, or energy, interacting with the needle's stimulation of the acupuncture point. READ MORE

  • How can acupuncture treat addiction?

    Acupuncture can be very effective but in my experience with treating smoking addiction, success comes when someone really wants to quit. If they don't have that desire, there isn't much any type of treatment (gum, patches, acupuncture, hypnosis, etc.) can do. When a patient is ready to make that commitment though, I work with both acupuncture and meditation to control cravings and create better, more healthful, habits that may trigger or go along with smoking. READ MORE

  • Why is acupuncture suggested for fertility?

    Acupuncture works by balancing the entire body to improve overall health and wellness. If you're ready to have children, you want your body to be in peak functioning order. Acupuncture can also help alleviate the symptoms that go with pregnancy: fatigue, nausea, swelling, cravings, etc. In the case of infertility, there are many different reasons why people struggle with having children and it isn't always something physical. For example, from an acupuncture perspective, the reason may not have anything to do with your reproductive system, it may be your stress levels. We also understand that having children is as much a spiritual experience as it is a physical one, and there are ways we can support patients there too. Moral of the story, if one thing isn't quite right, the body may not feel it's safe or ready to bear a child. Acupuncture offers a unique perspective on what isn't "quite right" and works to correct it. READ MORE

  • Should I go for dry needling or acupuncture?

    Dry needling is actually a practice done by acupuncturists. If someone offers this service but is not certified or licensed in acupuncture, do NOT see them. Dry needling is now being taught in some states as a simple certification course. Those who take this course but do not have an understanding of how deep the needles can actually penetrate can cause serious damage to the body, including but not limited to collapsed lungs, punctured organs, arteries, or veins, etc. Certified and licensed acupuncturists are trained and tested on needle depth around the entire body. Dry needling is a technique used to release trigger points, aka knots, in the muscles by forcing the muscle to twitch. That twitch response is the muscle fully contracting so it can fully release and therefore, alleviate pain. Wet needling, or trigger point injections, is a service provided by some pain management doctors that releases these knots using a steroid injection. Both techniques are very effective but only if the primary cause of the pain is the trigger points. Typically, trigger points are almost always involved, but the reason why they're forming may be the true cause of your back pain. Acupuncture can work both to alleviate the trigger points, and the true cause of your pain. Being able to attack from both sides (treating the central and surrounding reasons for pain) makes acupuncture very effective in pain management. READ MORE

  • How does acupuncture help boost the immune system?

    Think of going to an acupuncturist as going to your mechanic. If you keep on top of your oil changes, tire rotation, and make sure the engine is functioning, you're less likely to have problems with your car. Similarly, acupuncture works to ensure all your body's functions are working together and at their peak performance to keep you healthy. Secondly, if you do get sick, you'll be able to heal faster because your body is stronger from working in unison. READ MORE

  • Should I get acupuncture for my fibromyalgia?

    Fibromyalgia can be a little tricky because the pain may be aggravated by the needles. However, there are many other techniques we can use to alleviate your pain. What's most important is that you keep verbal communication with your acupuncturist. If anything is starting to flare up the pain, let us know right away so we can stop and try something else. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with the cold?

    Acupuncture can actually treat a cold with or without medications. When my patients develop a cold or flu, I will treat them with acupuncture but also give them a list of home remedies so they can avoid taking any over the counter medications. However, if an antibiotic or another medication is necessary, acupuncture can help support the medication and prevent any side effects from it. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help in treating my enlarged uterus?

    It can. Acupuncture can help treat the adenomyosis (fancy medical term for enlarged uterus) and its side effects. We have a different understanding of reproductive health, which means that this condition may be in relation to other bodily functions. Working to correct and support your whole body will help alleviate the symptoms and treat the condition itself. READ MORE

  • My son has awful shoulder pain. How can I help him?

    If the bones and joints are all okay, then it's likely muscular pain caused by trigger points (aka knots). Acupuncture can be very helpful because we can use several different techniques such as cupping, dry needling, and moxibustion to release the knots. Other modalities of treatment would be heat, tiger balm or other topical anesthetics, Epsom salt baths, over the counter anti-inflammatories or pain killers, massage, physical therapy, or seeing a pain management doctor. I do not recommend using ice because, though it does stop inflammation, it does so by stopping blood flow. You want the opposite. You want to increase blood flow because the blood carries nutrients and other supplies your body needs to repair the damage in the area. Secondly, ice will tighten the muscles even further. If you find heat aggravates the pain, use something like icy-hot, mineral ice, or the white colored tiger balm instead. These topical treatments have the same anti-inflammatory effects as ice, but they actually increase blood flow through the area. READ MORE

  • How can acupuncture help my lower back pain?

    There are several techniques that we can use to alleviate your lower back pain but it all depends on why you're feeling that pain. Believe it or not, there may not be anything wrong with your back at all. In Chinese medicine, your reproductive energy actually comes from your kidney. And reproduction takes a lot of energy. Throughout pregnancy and after giving birth, the lower back pain may be due to a deficiency in kidney energy, or qi, because you're giving so much to your child. Just like how severe dehydration can cause lower back pain because of it's affect on the kidneys, kidney qi (energy) deficiency can cause lower back pain. If the lower back pain is in fact due to muscular dysfunction, we can use techniques such as cupping, dry needling, and moxabustion to relax your muscles. If it's due to a herniated or bulging disc, there are local needling techniques that can alleviate pressure on the disc and the nerve. READ MORE

  • How does cupping therapy work?

    Cupping itself likely won't help to keep your mind focused. Cupping is a technique we use to alleviate muscular pain and phlegm that's stuck in your lungs (the stuff you can't cough up). The acupuncture treatments, however, can work to provide mental clarity and improved focus. READ MORE

  • I have numbness after my acupuncture session. What should I do?

    It's possible that that acupuncturist did too much at once and that's why your arm feels almost numb and rubbery. When I apply local treatment, I don't usually use more than 3-5 needles at a time. More than that is usually overwhelming. When too much is done, the subsequent feeling will subside within a week (similar to doing a really tough workout). If it isn't already alleviated, you can try applying some heat and doing some light exercises. READ MORE

  • Should I consider acupuncture for anemia?

    Absolutely. In acupuncture, anemia is what we call blood deficiency and we treat that using moxibustion. Moxa is an herb that we burn on the skin. We understand that the moxa has it's own blood and burning it moves the blood from the moxa, into the body. Acupuncturists who practice herbal medicine will also provide you with herbs that will help to build blood. READ MORE

  • Is tiredness normal after acupuncture?

    It is normal to feel fatigued after a treatment and this usually dissipates by the following day. Ultimately, acupuncture is asking your body to change, and that can take a lot out of you. If my patients feel fatigued after a treatment, they usually feel better after napping or a good night's sleep. READ MORE

  • I take blood thinners regularly. Is acupuncture dangerous for me?

    Acupuncture isn't harmful if you're on blood thinners but the medication leaves you more susceptible to bruising. Bruising is a common side effect of acupuncture but when you're on blood thinners, the bruises can be bigger, deeper colors, and last longer. READ MORE

  • Chronic constipation. Should I go for acupuncture?

    Acupuncture will help to regulate your entire digestive system which will help your constipation. We do also work with dietary counselling. Laxatives will force a bowel movement but they don't resolve the issue of why you're constipated to begin with. In Chinese medicine, that issue can be emotional as much as it can be physical. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture raise blood pressure?

    It's more likely that excitement or nervousness from the treatment is what actually raised her blood pressure. Typically, acupuncture treatments lower blood pressure. READ MORE

  • Where are the acupuncture points for fertility?

    Where the needles are inserted depends on why you aren't currently fertile and what else is happening within your body. There are many different reasons ranging from imbalances between internal organs, to the spiritual or emotional. Acupuncturists will develop a treatment based on your tongue and pulse, which give us a reading of what's going on in your entire body. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture a better alternative to opioids?

    Acupuncture is very effective in treating all types of pain and is definitely worth a try. There are even studies that prove that acupuncture works better than opioids in certain circumstances. READ MORE

  • What can acupuncture do for the muscles?

    There are a few techniques that acupuncture can use to locally treat the muscle spasms, but it also works in balancing your body to treat why the muscles are spasming to begin with. For example, the spams may be due to dehydration. If you're drinking enough water, but your body isn't retaining it, the acupuncture can help adjust that. Local treatments include but are not limited to trigger point dry needling, cupping, gua sha, and moxibustion. READ MORE

  • Do you recommend acupuncture for neuropathy?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture is very effective in treating all types of pain and it can even help you to manage your blood sugar levels. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture safe during the first trimester?

    Acupuncture is safe throughout your entire pregnancy. Obviously, we avoid points on the lower abdomen and there are a few other points we do not use as they can induce labor, turn the baby, etc. So long as an acupuncturist avoids strong stimulation on these points, you are perfectly safe. READ MORE

  • How can acupuncture improve blood circulation?

    A major basis of acupuncture works on the flow of blood and qi (energy) throughout your body. In western medical terms, this is the circulatory system. We work to remove blockages that are preventing that flow of qi and blood. Once they're all removed, everything flows as it should. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture cure hypertension?

    Absolutely. I have worked with several patients who were able to decrease their hypertension medication doses and even some who were able to stop taking them entirely. As always, that is a decision to be made by your doctor. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture treat my digestive disorders?

    It can. Unlike medications, acupuncture works beyond just treating symptoms and gets to the root cause of your digestive distress. READ MORE

  • How does acupuncture help in treating chronic fatigue syndrome?

    Acupuncture can absolutely help both treat the root cause of the syndrome and help alleviate symptoms. READ MORE

  • Can acupunture decrease my body weight?

    Yes. We work with dietary counselling, lifestyle counselling, and acupuncture to help support you in losing weight. I do, however, recommend you have your thyroid checked because it controls your metabolism. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture require other medicines to be effective?

    Both acupuncture and western medicine are complete medicines of their own and do not require the other to be effective, but they can work together and support one another. I always recommend my patients keep both their doctors and myself aware of all treatments they are receiving. The more verbal you are, the better your medical team can work together in your healing. READ MORE

  • How will acupuncture help my fibromyalgia?

    Acupuncture can absolutely help you manage your pain and your stress levels. I also work with meditation, diet, and lifestyle counselling. There are many options you may also consider but for starters: light exercise, massage (if the pain does not worsen with pressure) or float spas (highly concentrated Epsom salt baths) to manage your pain, and therapy, counselling, support groups or taking part in something you truly enjoy to relieve your stress. READ MORE

  • Would you recommend an acupuncture treatment for treating a hyperactive thyroid?

    Acupuncture can definitely help, but it would take several treatments and may require treatments on a regular basis for life. READ MORE

  • I have arthritis, and I'm considering acupuncture. Will it help?

    Acupuncture can definitely help. The mixed reviews can be for several reasons such as inconsistent treatments, the style of acupuncture practiced may not have supported that particular patient, comorbidities, the patient may not have complied with the treatment protocols set forth by the acupuncturist, etc. The best way to know is to try it yourself! READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with TMJ?

    Absolutely. I practice a specific technique called trigger point dry needling which is extremely effective in treating TMJ. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help me quit smoking?

    Acupuncture is very helpful in the quitting process but you must really want to quit. I have found that if my patient isn't dedicated to quitting, it will not be effective. There are 2 ways to work with addictions: one is the NADA protocol which utilizes auricular acupuncture, and the other is with pure acupuncture treatments that address the reasons for your addiction. I work with the later (and some meditation) and have found that that approach is far more effective in helping someone quit for good. READ MORE

  • Will acupuncture treat my menstrual cramps?

    It can. There are several reasons why the cramping may be so severe (from simple muscle tightness to endometriosis) and acupuncture can work to address them all. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help treat an excessive sweating problem?

    Yes. Acupuncture can help regulate excessive sweating without blocking any glands or clogging pores. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with weight loss?

    Absolutely. Though I still work with suggesting diet and lifestyle changes, acupuncture can help remove blockages that may be preventing you from seeing and feeling results. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help in relieving my mother's depression?

    Yes, acupuncture is very successful in treating depression. However, she should not fear any medications. They can be extremely helpful and there is usually little risk. Acupuncture can also work with the medications and eventually help her to wean off of them if they prove necessary. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with nausea?

    Yes. There is also acupressure she can do at home to help with the symptoms. Seeing an acupuncturist, however, will be more effective. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture help in treating skin disorders?

    Yes, acupuncture can help. We actually understand skin conditions to be an internal imbalance that manifests symptomatically on the skin. This is likely why the cream did not help her; it was only treating the symptoms, not the cause. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture treat chronic fatigue syndrome?

    Acupuncture can definitely help alleviate all of the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. We may also suggest some lifestyle changes which will help support the treatments. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help with ulcer pain?

    Yes. Acupuncture can help alleviate the pain, help the ulcer to heal, and help prevent new ones from forming. However, I ask that you continue to consult with your doctor to image the progress of it's healing. As for the medications, please don't fear them. They can be extremely helpful and the acupuncture can help wean you off of them and/or address any possible side effects from them. READ MORE

  • Lately I've been experiencing a lot of fatigue. Can acupuncture help?

    Yes. Acupuncture can help improve your energy levels and improve your sleep (if that is an issue). I may also recommend moxibustion homework, and dietary or lifestyle changes to supplement the treatments. READ MORE

  • How effective are acupressure slippers?

    Honestly, I think they're a nice foot massage. There is only one acupuncture point on the bottom of the foot so these slippers likely activate foot reflexology points which is a different medicine. Additionally, they are not massaging specific points that will help you heal in any way. Every point we use is selected for a reason. To activate all of them simultaneously only confuses the body and can do more harm than good. Think of it like taking every over the counter medication at once to treat a headache. The aspirin may help, but the tums, NyQuil, and laxative certainly won't. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture helpful in treating anemia?

    Yes. The acupuncture can help and I would likely make some dietary and lifestyle changes, and have him apply moxibustion for homework. READ MORE

  • How is arthritis treated with acupuncture?

    Yes. Studies have shown that acupuncture is actually better at treating pain than most pain medications and this is because we don't just treat the symptom of pain, we treat the cause. In Chinese Medicine, arthritis actually has 4 different possible diagnoses. Western medicine only has one: inflammation. The acupuncture will treat why the inflammation is occurring, not just the pain you feel from it. READ MORE

  • Can insomnia be treated with acupuncture?

    Acupuncture can definitely help, but you may not feel immediate results. There are over-the-counter supplements, essential oils, and other non-pharmaceutical interventions that can be used while the acupuncture works. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture help in treating depression?

    Acupuncture can definitely help, but I wouldn't suggest taking her off any medications without first consulting her doctor. As the acupuncture works, and she starts to feel improvement, we can work with her doctor to slowly wean her off the antidepressant. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture helpful in boosting fertility?

    Yes. Acupuncture can help increase fertility, support the pregnancy, and even help with inducing labor and the birthing process. READ MORE

  • Why do I have so much gas and bloating?

    In Chinese Medicine, it's difficult to provide a diagnosis with only the symptoms. There are several reasons why people feel certain symptoms and the symptoms themselves can be misleading. To fully and accurately explain why you feel this bloating, I would need to take a full history, feel your pulse, and look at your tongue. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help in treating lower back pain?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture can help with any muscle pain from the repetitive strain of your work, but can also help lower and better manage your stress levels. READ MORE

  • Is it safe for me to continue my acupuncture during pregnancy?

    It is absolutely safe to continue with acupuncture during pregnancy so long as your acupuncturist is made aware that you are pregnant. There are certain points we avoid as they can induce labor, turn the baby, etc. READ MORE

  • My wife has no drive for sex. Will acupuncture be able to help at all?

    It can definitely help. There are many factors involved with sexual drive and it may even be helpful for you both to see the acupuncturist and a therapist to work through whatever is blocking your intimacy. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help me in managing stress?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture is most well known for it's treatment of stress and anxiety. The treatments can help with the symptoms you feel and there are exercises and meditations we can work with to help prevent you from feeling stressed or overwhelmed to begin with. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture improve sleep?

    Acupuncture helps with sleep on many different levels; due to stress, chemical imbalances, etc. The reason why you're having trouble sleeping (in Chinese medical terms) is due to either an imbalance between the yin and yang energy within your body, or imbalances between the internal organs that regulate sleep. Your symptoms, the look of your tongue, and the feel of your pulse will tell us what those imbalances are and then we work to correct them, thus alleviating the insomnia. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture a long-term treatment?

    The length of time needed for acupuncture is dependent upon the condition and the patient's compliance with treatment. Typically, the longer a condition has been in existence, the longer it takes to resolve. The resolution of a condition, however, does not mean one must stop acupuncture. I find several patients continue to work with other conditions or use acupuncture prophylactically (to prevent future conditions, injuries, etc.). READ MORE

  • Is it advisable to take acupuncture treatment along with normal medication?

    It is perfectly safe to receive acupuncture treatments while on any medications. The only type of medication that can cause some complications are blood thinners because acupuncture can cause bruising. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help in treating diabetes?

    Acupuncture can absolutely help treat diabetes. Through treatment and proper diet, acupuncture can lower blood sugar levels and your A1C. Acupuncture can also work in conjunction with any medications you are taking to treat the diabetes and may be able to lower your doses. READ MORE

  • Is there an acupuncture treatment for treating back aches too?

    Acupuncture can work at both the physical and emotional levels to alleviate pain. Physically, acupuncturists will use local needling techniques (I use trigger point dry needling), electrical stimulation, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, and sometimes massage. I also provide my patients with stretching and exercises to alleviate and prevent pain while at home, and decrease flare ups and treatment frequency. At the emotional level, we can alleviate stress and other emotions which frequently compound physical pain. READ MORE

  • Should acupuncture be a long term thing?

    There are minimal side effects to acupuncture such as bruising, soreness, or dizziness. As for stress relief, acupuncture can be used for as long as the patient feels necessary and is always available to support a patient through periods of higher stress. I frequently give my patients meditation and other exercises to help alleviate stress at home. READ MORE

  • Are medicines also involved in acupuncture treatment?

    The decision of what western/traditional medications are necessary should always be left to your doctor. Some acupuncturists also practice herbology which is our form of "medications." (I put that in quotes because the acupuncture treatment itself can be considered a medication). Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with both western medicines and Chinese herbs. Your respective doctors will decide when each is necessary. It is very important you speak with both your doctor and acupuncturist about what medications (both prescribed and over the counter) you are taking. The herbs, acupuncture treatments, and western medications can all affect each other. READ MORE

  • How can acupuncture help in treating my loud cough?

    Acupuncture has a different understanding of lung and other organ and bodily functions. In instances like this, our theories can make sense of what doesn't to western medical doctors. In your case, it is unlikely that there is something in the air because if that were true, it wouldn't be worsening at night, the cough would remain constant. This suggests to us that there is an imbalance. Our methods of diagnosis will determine what that imbalance is and our treatments work to correct it. Once this is corrected, proper lung function is restored and the cough is alleviated. READ MORE

  • Are acupressure and acupuncture the same?

    Acupuncture and acupressure are different methods of applying the same theory. Acupuncture uses needles, acupressure uses the fingers to apply pressure. They can be and frequently are used simultaneously. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture recommended for skin conditions like eczema?

    Acupuncture can be very helpful in treating all skin conditions. I, of course, would recommend it but please remember that the medicine takes time. Typically, the longer a condition has been in existence the longer it takes to resolve. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture treat my digestive disorders?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture can help to regulate your entire digestive system. We can also work with your diet to support the treatments. READ MORE

  • My mother in law feels very sleepy all through the day. Can acupuncture help her?

    Acupuncture can definitely help to increase her energy levels and it can also help support the kidneys. Because of the kidney disorder, treatments will most likely be long term. Treatment frequency, however, may decrease as her symptoms and condition improve. READ MORE

  • Is there any way acupuncture can help treat asthma?

    Absolutely. We understand asthma differently than western medicine so we can totally support your healing postpartum. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture really help with hair loss?

    Yes. Acupuncture can help strengthen and thicken the hair you have while also stimulating hair growth, READ MORE

  • Is there a cure for acute arthritis in acupuncture?

    Though acupuncture doesn't claim to cure arthritis, it can absolutely help alleviate the symptoms. READ MORE

  • How long does acupuncture treatment usually last?

    Typically, the longer a condition has been in existence, the longer it takes to see results. However, acupuncture isn't a life sentence. It may take some time before your condition completely heals but once it does, there is no need to continue treatments. Most do continue, though, to work on other conditions or to use it as preventative medicine. READ MORE

  • Will I have to get acupuncture throughout my life?

    When I see patients for pain, I typically start with weekly treatments and slowly decrease the frequency as the pain resolves. Once it is resolved, there is no immediate reason to continue treatment outside of prevention and/or minor flare ups. As for how long it takes to resolve, that is dependent upon the condition and the patient's compliance with treatments and homework. If a patient wishes to continue treatment (be it for prophylactic reasons or other conditions) there is always a way I can support them. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help treat thyroid imbalance?

    Absolutely. We can help to balance hormones and alleviate the symptoms associated with thyroid conditions. READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help me lose weight?

    It's true! There are several different ways we can work to support you in losing weight like with auricular acupuncture or diet and lifestyle counselling. We can help to quell cravings, munchies, constant hunger, etc. If there are other factors at play, such as hypothyroidism, we can work to resolve those as well. READ MORE

  • I have a migraine problem. Should I see an acupuncturist?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture works very differently than western medicine and can provide huge relief where medications don't. I will stress you must have patience with eastern medicine though. The longer something has been in existence the longer it takes to resolve but it will resolve! READ MORE

  • Can acupuncture help in treating GERD?

    Yes. Acupuncture works to regulate the entire digestive system and addresses several triggers of GERD. We can also work with dietary counseling. READ MORE

  • Does acupuncture work for anxiety?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture can alleviate stress, anxiety, depression, and many other types of psychological distress. READ MORE

  • Can I go to an acupuncturist to get rid of my abdominal pain?

    Yes. We work to regulate your digestive system to alleviate symptoms such as pain, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, gas, etc. READ MORE

  • I am having a lot of stress due to menopause and I am unable to sleep soundly. Should I go for acupuncture treatment?

    Absolutely. We can work with both the stress and the menopause to improve sleep and alleviate other associated symptoms. READ MORE

  • Is acupuncture effective in treating blood related problems like anemia?

    It can. We use a technique called moxabustion which helps to build blood within the body. This is also a technique that I can teach you and can be used at home. We also work with diet. READ MORE

  • I have headaches frequently. Can acupuncture treatment help?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture is very effective in treating headaches and migraines. READ MORE

  • Is there a treatment for bronchitis in acupuncture?

    Absolutely. Acupuncture can work to treat the bronchitis and the symptoms but also prevent it from happening in the future. If flare ups do occur, the symptoms are usually less intense with acupuncture. READ MORE

  • Can accupuncture help in bringing down my cholesterol?

    It can. We can also support you with the changes in your diet, any cravings you're having, digestive upset from it, etc. READ MORE

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