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What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like a hypodermic injection at the doctor’s office. They won't. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when I insert them. When I gently stimulate the needles they may produce a unique sensation that Chinese medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe the sensation they feel as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an "electrical" sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.

Acupuncture treatment creates deep relaxation
in both mind and body.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more then one treatment is necessary. Acupuncture works when you receive a series of treatments. For acute conditions you can expect results after the first few treatments however some people do experience immediate results. Chronic conditions may take longer to resolve, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. For most conditions, we will complete 4-8 treatments and reassess at that time. Those seeking preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being often find an ongoing monthly appointment to be highly beneficial. 


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