Q & A

Some common questions about acupuncture are answered below. Call us if you have other questions or if you are interested in improving your life through acupuncture treatment.

What is Acupuncture?

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Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay healthy.

An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This activates the body’s Qi and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health. It also can improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

What will my acupuncturist do?

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During the initial exam a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. I will also check pulses and your tongue. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of where Qi has become blocked or imbalanced. After the intake process, you will receive an acupuncture treatment. The first appointment will be 1½ – 2 hours long and all follow-up appointments will take between 45 – 60 minutes.

Why do they want to look at my tongue?

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The tongue is a map of the body. It reflects the general health of the organs and meridians. I will look at the color, shape, cracks and coating on your tongue. Together with the answers to the questions I ask you about every aspect of your health it will help me to determine what type of imbalance exists in your body.

Is acupuncture safe for children?

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Yes. In some instances children actually respond more quickly than adults. If your child has an aversion to needles, I may massage the acupuncture points. This is called acupressure or tuina or I may just press a pointed but not sharp acupuncture tool to put a very focused pressure on the appropriate acupuncture points.

How many treatments will I need?

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The number of total treatments varies depending on the type of condition being treated.

For women going through fertility treatments with Medical Specialists or taking fertility drugs, I strongly recommend getting at least 10-12 treatments over a 6-8 week period, women trying to get pregnant naturally must expect a minimum of 4-6 months of treatments.

For all other conditions; the number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take weeks or even months to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum 6-8 treatments to see significant changes

Treatment frequency depends on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem and the quality and quantity of your Qi. I will suggest two treatments per week to start and then reduce it to fewer as the treatment progresses, eventually you may want to come for monthly visits for health maintenance or quarterly for seasonal “tune ups”.

How should I prepare?

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  • Write down and bring any questions you have. I am here to help you.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points. Loose shorts and a short sleeved shirt or tank top are best.
  • Do not eat large meals just before or after your visit.
  • Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs or alcohol for up to six hours after the visit.
  • Avoid stressful situations. Make time to relax, and be sure to get plenty of rest.
  • Between visits, take notes of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of problems.

How safe is acupuncture?

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Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects just feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.

How are acupuncturists educated?

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Today, acupuncturists undertake three to four years of extensive and comprehensive graduate training at nationally certified schools. All acupuncturists must pass a national exam and meet strict guidelines to practice in every state. I have a BS in Natural Resources from Ohio State University and a 4 year Masters of Science Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. I am licensed to practice Acupuncture in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

What can acupuncturists treat?

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Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below are some of the health concerns that I have experience in treating:

  • Pain from injuries and repetitive motion and/or stress
  • Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Menstrual Irregularities and Pain
  • Menopausal Discomfort
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Constipation& Diarrhea or IBS
  • Bells Palsy
  • Nervousness
  • Digestive disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Addiction & Smoking

There are many other conditions acupuncture may be able to treat effectively. If you are experiencing an issue or problem with anything not listed above, please call me and I will be very happy to tell you whether or not I think I can help you. My promise to you is that I will always be very honest and conservative with any predictions of success.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

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Everybody’s reaction is different. In any treatment there are some points that you may not even realize have been needled and some points in which you may feel a slight sharp sensation. 99 percent of the time the sharp sensation will last literally only one second. Sometimes it may last 2-3 seconds.