How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required.
Are there any side effects to the treatment?
Usually not. Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. It is quite common to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following Acupuncture treatment.
What are the needles like? Do they hurt?
People experience acupuncture needling differently. Most patients feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt. Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel. The insertion of an Acupuncture needle through the skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling, which utilize hollow needles. Only sterile, single-use, disposable needles are ever used in treatment at Crosswinds Acupuncture.
Does acupuncture really work?
Yes. In the past 2,000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined! Today acupuncture is practiced widely in Asia, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, and in the United Kingdom. It is now being sought out more and more in the USA by patients and physicians.
Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?
No. Acupuncture is used successfully on cats, dogs, horses and other animals. These animal patients do not understand or believe in the process that helps them get better. But of course, a positive attitude toward wellness may reinforce the effects of the treatment received, just as a negative attitude may hinder the effects of acupuncture, or any other treatment.