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Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Like many things in life, the fear and anticipation of an event brings more pain and anxiety than the actual event. Many patients have visions of the hollow hypodermic needles that are used to inject vaccines or draw blood. Acupuncture needles, however, are solid, fine and flexible. Most patients feel little to no sensation when they are inserted. When the needle connects correctly with the Qi, there may be a feeling of slight warmth or a tingling sensation. One typically feels a sense of calm and well-being during one's treatment.

What is a typical session like?
After a complete health history is taken, a physical assessment is performed which includes reading the pulses and examining the tongue. From this assessment, a diagnosis and treatment plan are derived. In a typical session, a combination of bodywork and acupuncture is used, tailored to the patient's current condition. Other modalities may be incorporated, such as cupping or moxibustion. A Chinese herbal formula may also be prescribed, depending on the situation. This herbal formula is typically administered in the form of a powder, which is conveniently mixed with hot water to make a special herbal tea or infusion.

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  • Chronic and acute pain
    (neck pain, low back pain, arthritis, repititive stress injuries (RSI), TMJ, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia)
  • Stress-related problems
  • Depression, anxiety, addiction
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Common cold
  • Allergies/Hay fever and asthma
  • Acid reflux and heartburn (GERD)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other gastro-intestinal issues
  • PMS and menstrual pain
  • Infertility (male and female)
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