Frequently Asked Questions


What is Acupuncture and how is it related to Traditional Chinese Medicine? 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around for thousands of years, but it is still a completely modern form of healing.  Founded on the empowering principle that your body has the ability to heal itself naturally, TCM asserts that your body’s Qi (prounounced chee) is the vital energy that gives you life and protects you from illness.  Qi flows through your body in pathways called meridians, and provides vital nourishment to your body’s cells, tissues, muscles, organs, and glands.  If Qi becomes blocked or imbalanced for a prolonged period of time, your body loses its ability to heal itself naturally and becomes susceptible to illness, pain and disease.  

Acupuncture is just of the many healing modalities of TCM.  Acupuncture practitioners use thread-like needles to activate your body’s meridian points, stimulate your nervous system, and restore and balance your body’s Qi.  In short, acupuncture restores your body’s natural abiliy to self-heal.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are flexible and thread-like.  Most patients do not experience any discomfort during treatment.  Patients generally say that when they are receiving a treatment, that they feel a tap, a short poke, or a warm sensation.  If you are experiencing discomfort, the practitioner will readjust the needles for maximum comfort. Please communicate if you experience any discomfort.