Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to know for my first appointment?

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How Many Treatments will I Need?

The number of treatments depends on the nature of the complaint, its severity, how long the problem or problems have been present, and the overall health of the individual. Many conditions may be alleviated rapidly. Other, more chronic conditions will be relieved with slow, steady progress.  
Other therapies such as massage, cupping, moxibustion and chinese herbs are often used in conjunction with acupuncture in order to heal the body more quickly.  Generally, healing is also quicker when recommended exercises are done and lifestyle changes are made; therefore it is very important to take an active role your healing process.

What is Cupping?

Cupping is an ancient art and practice that is used all over the world due to its wide range of uses and effectiveness.  A vacuum is created inside of a cup (usually glass, silicon or plastic) to create a suction and is then placed or moved along very specific points and/or areas of the body. The cupping techniques used are very specific to the person being treated.  This therapy is very useful in releasing areas of blockage, restoring circulation, detoxifying and removing pathogens from the body.  It is commonly used to treat acute or chronic musculoskeletal problems/injuries and rehabilitation, detoxification, colds/sinus congestion, and sustaining health and wellness.
What is moxibustion?

Moxa is a Chinese herb, also know as mugwort.  When moxa is burned, it is called moxibustion.  The smoke and heat produced from the burning of moxa is used to warm acupuncture points and other areas of the body to promote circulation and aide in healing.  This therapy can be incredibly soothing and comforting.

What is Qi Gong ?

Qi gong are movement and breathing exercises developed in China that have been used for thousands of years to maintain health and increase longevity.  Qi gong has been shown to support the immune system and regulate the other systems of the body in order to keep it healthy.  These exercises also contribute to increased flexibility and a  relaxed mind.  The practice of Qi gong on a daily basis can help to restore and/or maintain healthy body functioning.