So what about the needles?
Many people say are that they are afraid of needles. It is unfortunate that when most people think of needles, they think of traumatic childhood injections. Our needles are nothing like that. Acupuncture needles are about as thick as a human hair, and most patients report feeling a bit of pressure or that they are unable to feel them at all. It is our goal to help you heal with as little discomfort as possible.
The other thing that people wonder about is if there is anything on the needles – there is not. Acupuncture is a system that unlocks the bodies natural healing capacity. All of our needles are single use, sterile needles. This means that needles are packaged sterile and disposed of after a single use.
Okay, but I’m still afraid of needles…
That’s all right, we can still help you. In addition to needles, our practitioners are trained in the use of non-needle techniques, such as cupping, gua-sha, seeds and more. Further, our practitioners are trained to make lifestyle and dietary recommendations to promote your wellness.
How long before I see a difference?
Most of our patients notice a difference after their first treatment. Each treatment builds on the last, and extends the effects. Because of this, we try to schedule several treatments close together in the beginning and then space them out as the symptoms alleviate. We keep our prices low to help facilitate this treatment strategy.
Are there side effects?
Almost every patient reports feeling relaxed and calm after treatment. In some cases, there is some bruising or minor bleeding. Occasionally an old symptom will show up again, this is the result of your body releasing the memory of the illness and usually lasts for no more than a day or two and generally you will feel great after it is cleared. If such an issue comes up, contact your practitioner for assistance.
How much training does an acupuncturist have?
The Acupuncture Practitioners at Main Street Acupuncture and Wellness have Masters degrees in Acupuncture with over 2500 hours of training, including over 500 hours of clinical time. Each practitioner also attends an average of 20 hours of continuing education a year.
I have this problem, can acupuncture help?
Acupuncture has been used to treat every illness known to humanity for the last 3000 years. While we cannot promise a cure, we can say that patients feel a sense of peace through treatment. At the very least, you will be deeply relaxed, it is this relaxation that helps your body heal itself.
Ideally, you will come to us before you develop an illness. Acupuncture is a powerful tool for treating disease. It is even more powerful for maintaining health. Our goal in treatment is to clear any major issues you have, and then maintain your balance through lifestyle changes and occasional acupuncture treatments.
But what has acupuncture been shown as effective for:
The list below is from the World Health Organization. It is not complete in our opinion, but it gives you an idea.
1. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment:
Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
Dysentery, acute bacillary
Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Induction of labour
Low back pain
Malposition of fetus, correction of
Nausea and vomiting
Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
Periarthritis of shoulder
2. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed:
Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
Alcohol dependence and detoxification
Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
Competition stress syndrome
Craniocerebral injury, closed
Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)
Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
Female urethral syndrome
Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
Hepatitis B virus carrier status
Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
Pain due to endoscopic examination
Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome)
Postextubation in children
Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
Raynaud syndrome, primary
Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Retention of urine, traumatic
Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
Spine pain, acute
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Ulcerative colitis, chronic
Whooping cough (pertussis)
3. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which there are only individual controlled trials reporting some therapeutic effects, but for which acupuncture is worth trying because treatment by conventional and other therapies is difficult:
Choroidopathy, central serous
Irritable colon syndrome
Neuropathic bladder in spinal cord injury
Pulmonary heart disease, chronic
Small airway obstruction
Source: World Health Organization: “ACUPUNCTURE: REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF REPORTS ON CONTROLLED CLINICAL TRIALS”
So what about the needles?