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FAQ’s

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the use of small needles to stimulate acupuncture points along surface meridian pathways in the body. Inserting and retaining needles facilitates Qi circulation in the meridians that connect different parts of your body in complex ways and allow your body to come back into a state of equilibrium, thus resolving disease.  Learn more about acupuncture here.

How big are the needles?

Acupuncture needles are very different from hypodermic needles (the kind of needles used to give shots or draw blood).  Did you know the average hypodermic needle can hold 40 acupuncture needles in its hollow?  Most acupuncture needles are even thinner than a strand of your hair.  Furthermore, Healthwise Acupuncture uses only non-toxic, sterile, one-time-use needles.  Learn more about acupuncture needles here.

Does it hurt?

Different people experience different sensations from the needles.  Most commonly, people remark a slight pinch or nothing at all when the needle is first inserted.  After that, some people feel a Qi sensation.  Examples of Qi sensations include warmth, coolness, heaviness, lightness, and slight sweating at the needling site.  When you feel these Qi sensations, you are simply feeling your body actively healing itself.

What does it treat?

  • Eye, Ear Nose Throat Disorders
  • Cardiovascular Disorders
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Gynecological/Genitourinary Disorders
  • Fertility and Obstetrics
  • Emotional and Psychological Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Optimizing your health
  • Other Conditions (see a more detailed list here)

Does it work?

The National Institutes of Health endorses acupuncture in their statement, “There is sufficient evidence of acupuncture’s value to expand its use into conventional medicine and to encourage further studies of its physiology and clinical value.”

The World Health Organization formally publicized that acupuncture is a safe and effective form of treatment.

How can I tell it is working?

Different people respond differently to treatment.  Most people will see incremental improvements to their conditions, especially in cases of chronic conditions.  Occasionally, someone will experience instant resolution to their condition, but this is not very common.  Acupuncture treats the entire body as a whole and usually takes a series of treatments.

If you pay attention, there are other signs that your treatment is working in your life.  Learn more about signs your treatment is working here.

Even feeling a Qi sensation at the needling sites and feeling a general feeling of wellbeing is your body in healing mode.  Learn more about Qi sensations here.

What should I do to prepare for my treatment?

FORMS

Once you set up your appointment, please print, fill out, and bring with you the 4 forms that can be found on the patient forms page here.

FOOD

It is a good idea to have eaten a least a small amount of food before treatment.

CLOTHING

Please wear loose comfy clothes or bring a change of clothes that are loose and comfy.  You may be asked to disrobe to access points that are necessary to treat your condition.

TIMING

After your treatment, you may experience a short period of wooziness (It’s a lot of work for your body to heal!).  Please allow a little time before you drive or have someone available to drive you.

AFTERWARDS

Drink a lot of water and get plenty of rest.  (This should be done all the time!)

How much does it cost?

House-calls: $125 which includes the treatment, tax, time, supplies, and travel. Plus 50 cents per mile after the first 30 miles.

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Praise

Lizzy’s treatments were both thoughtful and effective. She was always on par with what I needed and she helped me tremendously with my painful periods. Her gentle and sincere manner made her easy to talk to, and her technique was comfortable and always left me feeling great. Wish she still lived on the West Coast!
Merritt, 26