Q: What are the needles like?
A: Needles are most commonly made of stainless steel because they are impossible to break, very flexible and will not rust. Acupuncture needles are very different from hypodermic needles because it is not used for injections. They are thin and sharp so that they can be inserted painlessly. Needles come in different lengths for different parts of the body. Acupuncturists should only use sterilized disposable needles
Q: Does it hurt?
A: This is the most common question that I’m asked by new patients. There is no pain if the needle has reached the correct depth. But you should feel a slight sensation as the needle comes in contact with the Qi. This feeling is called “Deqi.” It can either be an ache, numbness, a tingling or a sensation of soreness. This feeling only lasts for a couple of seconds.
Q: How deep do the needles go?
A: The depth that the needles go depends on the size of the patient and the area on the body. For treatment on the face, the needle only go half an inch but for the hip area, the needles will go in deeper and can be 3 inches.
Q: Will the needles make me bleed?
A: No, but occasionally a small drop of blood is drawn.
Q: Are Chinese Herbs Safe?
A: Chinese Herbal Medicine has not only been used as the main medical system of the majority of the world’s population since before recorded history but is still the most widely utilized medical system in the world today. Adverse reactions are extremely rare and negligible.
Q: Are treatments and herbal medication covered by insurance?
A: This will depend on your individual insurance plan. Many private health insurance companies are now covering acupuncture and herbal treatments. Please contact your insurance company to check.