Saturday, March 31, 2012

The 5 Top Questions People ask me about Acupuncture

Acupuncture is steadily gaining in popularity as a health treatment.  Still, there are certain misconceptions about this amazing health option! I am often asked some of the following questions.

1. Will it hurt?
Even the most needle shy of my patients are surprised at how painless acupuncture treatments can be. The needles we use areas fine as a strand of hair. This makes for easy, pain-free insertion.  It is normal to feel a faint pricking sensation but many first timers report not feeling the needle at all.   Many patients find acupuncture so relaxing they fall asleep during the treatment!

2. Do you use sterilized needles?
Yes we do. We only use pre-sterilized, single use, disposable needles.

3. Will it work even if I don’t believe it will?
Belief has nothing to do with the efficacy of acupuncture. Beneficial results have been demonstrated on both children and animals.

4. How many treatments will I need?
How long the problem has been in existence and the general health of the patient are just two of the several factors that determine the number of treatments.  For example, a very healthy person with an acute muscular problem will need less treatment than someone with a longstanding chronic condition.

5. How much will it cost me to treat this problem with acupuncture?
Of course, the price is the practitioner’s fee multiplied by number of treatments, but the question should be, ‘what will it cost me if I don’t treat this problem with acupuncture?’ Things to consider are the real cost of days missed from work, the cost for over the counter and prescription drugs-including the price paid for their possible side effects, and even the cost of unnecessary surgery, including complications and rehabilitation and more time from work to recuperate.
When we take into account the real cost of treating many illnesses through conventional means, we can see just how cost effective the acupuncture option really is!