Frequently Asked Questions

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture originated in China nearly five thousand years ago. It is one of the oldest forms of healing known to mankind. The fact that it is still being practiced today speaks much for the efficacy of this treatment and for the laws and principles on which it is based.

How can you help treatment?

In order to help treatment, changes may be required in such things as diet or exercise, but these will be suggested on a case by case basis. Try to avoid participating in any physically or emotionally strenuous activities before or after treatment.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Most commonly there is a dull ache sensation that lasts for a moment. It is not like receiving a western injection. The needles are about the same thinness of a hair, and often times insertion is hardly felt at all.

Are the needles safe?

Yes. Only the highest quality stainless steel disposable needles are used. These come in pre-sterilized sealed packets and are discarded immediately after use.

Can Classical Five Element Acupuncture help with non-physical problems?

Because Classical Five-Element Acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a range of conditions. It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine.

How often should I come in? 

In order to build a solid foundation, we advise that patients are committed to the first four treatments on a weekly basis. After the fourth visit, the number and frequency of treatments needed for your situation will be assessed. After the patient improves, the frequency of visits is reduced to once every other week, once every other month, and so on. Much depends on the severity of symptoms and how long the patient has suffered from symptoms. Classical Five Element Acupuncture is a preventative medicine, as well as curative. It is advisable for healthy patients to come in once a season for checkups and maintenance.

What is moxibustion? 

Moxibustion or “moxa” is an herb (Artemsia latiflora vulgaris) that is rolled into tiny cones and warmed on the skin and removed when the heat is felt. Like needles, moxa restores balance and harmony. Moxa is an essential part of Classical Five Element Acupuncture, just as much as needles.

What is Gua sha?

Gua sha is an ancient Chinese healing technique that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve circulation. Gua sha improves circulation and can help with inflammation, chronic pain, muscle pain, joint pain, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. As a natural healing remedy, Gua sha is safe. The only side effect can be marks left on the skin that go away in a few days.

What can I do to prepare before my first appointment?

You do not need to prepare anything before treatment except we ask that you come wearing no makeup or perfume. Do not do anything strenuous either emotionally or physically, before or after treatment. It is best to eat before your appointment.
Natural light is very important with diagnosis. Therefore, Initial Consultations (2 hours) should be booked before 5pm. Subsequent treatments can be arranged at a later time.

What about other medical care?

Classical Five Element Acupuncture may be used in cooperation with other medical care. It is important to share what medication you are taking, as this is taken into account when planning treatments.

Contact us if you have any additional questions about acupuncture, or you can schedule an appointment online.