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1. How does acupuncture work?


Acupuncture works by balancing the bodies energy, or qi

(pronounced “chee”), to promote health.  While Western medicine is still trying to understand exactly how acupuncture works, many doctors are embracing it as a complimentary solution for their patients needs.  Acupuncture has been proven to promote circulation, regulate the nervous system, and balance the release of hormones.  It is an effective natural method for improving the health of the whole body.


2. What does it feel like?

Because acupuncture needles are not much larger than a hair treatments are normally painless. Occasionally, patients experience a slight “pinch” when the needles are inserted but this quickly subsides.  Common sensations after the insertion are feelings of heaviness, lightness, warmth, coolness, tingling or movement.  This is called, “de qi” or energy arrival. Our patients often report feelings of calm and relaxation- many even fall asleep.   


3. How many treatments will I need? 


   This depends largely on what your condition is, how long you have had it and your bodies constitution.  Many clients feel improvement with just one treatment.  Your practitioner should be able to give you a timeline with your treatment.


4. Are there any side effects to acupuncture?


   Acupuncture has very few side effects and they are very rare.  But if you are pregnant or have a specific medical condition please tell your practitioner and consult with your doctor before starting treatment. Acupuncture and Integrative Solutions also recommends selecting an acupuncturist who has been nationally certified by NCCAOM.


5. What conditions are commonly treated with acupuncture?


The World Health Organization recognizes the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating the following conditions:





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The following is a list of questions that clients frequently ask about acupuncture and Chinese medicine.  If you don’t see an answer to a question that you have please contact us.  We would be happy to talk with you.


Low back pain

Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic

Ménière disease

Morning sickness

Nausea and vomiting

Neck pain

Neuralgia, post-herpetic



Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence


Pain due to endoscopic examination

Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)

Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans

Periarthritis of shoulder

Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome)

Postextubation in children

Postoperative convalescence

Postoperative pain

Premenstrual syndrome

Prostatitis, chronic


Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome

Raynaud syndrome, primary

Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy

Renal colic

Retention of urine, traumatic

Rheumatoid arthritis



Sialism, drug-induced

Sjögren syndrome

Sore throat (including tonsillitis)

Spine pain, acute


Stiff neck


Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

Tennis elbow

Tietze syndrome

Tobacco dependence

Tourette syndrome

Ulcerative colitis, chronic


Vascular dementia

Whooping cough (pertussis)

Quotations from the World Health Organization


Source: "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials" by the World Health Organization Download this study in PDF format

"Acupuncture analgesia ... in the treatment of chronic pain is comparable with that of morphine..... acupuncture analgesia can be regarded as the method of choice for treating many chronically painful conditions..."

"Strokes and their sequelae are another major indication for acupuncture. Early treatment of paresis after stroke has proven highly effective... In randomized controlled studies, acupuncture treatment of hemiplegia due to cerebral infarction gave better results than conventional medication and physiotherapy....Good effects with Bell's Palsy have been reported..."

"Acupuncture is more effective than antihistamine drugs in the treatment of allergic rhinitis."

"Primary dysmenorrhea ... is one of the major indications for acupuncture in the field of gynecology"

"Acupuncture seems to be helpful to patients with [pre-menstrual disorders]. In a controlled study, the majority of the patients gained relief from symptoms and no recurrence in the six month follow-up"

"Insomnia can also be treated successfully with acupuncture"

"The effect of acupuncture on depression has been documented repeatedly in controlled studies"

Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)

Acne vulgaris

Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy

Alcohol dependence and detoxification

Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)

Bell’s palsy

Biliary colic

Bronchial asthma

Cancer pain

Cardiac neurosis

Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation


Competition stress syndrome

Craniocerebral injury, closed

Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)

Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent

Dysentery, acute bacillary

Dysmenorrhoea, primary


Epidemic haemorrhagic fever

Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)

Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)

Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection

Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)

Facial spasm

Female infertility

Female urethral syndrome

Fibromyalgia and fasciitis

Gastrokinetic disturbance

Gouty arthritis


Hepatitis B virus carrier status

Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)


Hypertension, essential


Hypotension, primary


Knee pain

Lactation, deficiency




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