Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture needles are extremely fine; about 15 needles of the gauge I typically use could be held in the space of a needle typically used to draw blood from an adult. Insertions are often painless or accompanied by a brief pinching sensation. Once inserted, there is a wide variety of normal sensations including heaviness, aching, numbness, tingling, itching, and movement.
How long is a typical appointment?
Since the first visit includes an initial consultation, one should expect to spend an hour and a half at the clinic. Return visits are usually an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes.
How many treatments do I need?
As each individual's constitution and condition are unique, this is determined on a case by case basis. I typically encourage patients to come in twice a week for the first two weeks, reassessing on the third visit to see if a second visit is necessary that week. Unless the symptoms have already completed abated, I usually conduct an additional reassessment after six visits.
How do I take Chinese herbal medicine?
If an herbal prescription is warranted, a custom formula will be created and called into Inner Ecology Chinese Herbal Pharmacy in Chicago. Within 48 hours of prescription, the formula will be shipped directly to the patient's home. Formulas come as either raw herbs, which require decoction (boiling, simmering, and straining), or as granules, which can simply be taken with water.