Does acupuncture hurt? Our patients will tell you that our acupuncture doesn't hurt. In China, patients want the Acupuncture to hurt. That's not the acupuncture we do. The needles we use are tiny, the size of a human hair. They are 1/18th the size of needles that are used to draw your blood at your MD's office. We do understand that using needles to make you feel better and relaxed is a bit of a strange concept. But our patients will tell you it's the most relaxed they've ever felt.
Do you recommend that I see you instead of my Western MD? We never recommend that our patients stop seeing any of their Western MDs . We work very well with your Western MD and we believe that both approaches are needed for your best health and healing. Dr. Anne loves to work with your MD to help you feel your best.
What happens at my appointments? At your first appointment you will discuss your health with Dr. Anne at length in a beautiful private room. She would also like to see any recent lab tests or imaging that you are able to bring. After she has asked all of her questions and gains a good understanding about how to treat you, you will have a very relaxing acupuncture treatment. On the first visit, so many patients say, "I'm a bit nervous because I'm afraid of needles". To which we say - that's normal! Anyone who has not experienced Acupuncture before will only know how the needles feel that draw your blood or sew your pants. Ours are very different, they are tiny - the diameter of a human hair. Most patients find our Acupuncture very relaxing and 90% of our patients even fall asleep.
Why is your acupuncture different than a Chiropractor or Naturopathic Doctor or even my Physical Therapist? Because Dr. Anne spent 6 years getting a Doctorate in Acupuncture, she learned unique, different and more effective methods and Acupuncture techniques. The way that Chinese Medicine approaches Acupuncture is to look at each individual and see where their body is out of balance. The other Practitioners mentioned are trained to look at and treat symptoms. Dr. Anne looks at and treats the underlying reasons for the symptoms. She learned how to rebalance your body on the deepest levels with Acupuncture and Herbal Prescriptions.
How long before I see results? Some of our patients see results after the first treatment, with others it can take 3-5 treatments before things start to change. Dr. Anne says if you don't see a change after 5 treatments she might not be able to help you. Patient results are very important to her and your quickest, best path to healing is her priority.
What should I wear for my appointment? We recommend that you wear clothing that can be pushed above your knees and elbows. You will be clothed for your visit.
Is there anything I should do or not do before my Acupuncture treatment? It's best to eat before your Acupuncture treatment. Also be sure not to drink caffeine within 2 hours of your treatment time. Studies have shown that caffeine can impair the acupuncture from working.
How are you different from Modern Acupuncture or Community Acupuncture? At both Modern Acupuncture and community acupuncture all patients are in the same room in chairs. We feel that this is not as good for the healing process. We have our patients in individual private rooms so they can relax more deeply. Our bodies heal when our nervous system is out of the Sympathetic or stress mode. The body needs to be in the Parasympathetic nervous system mode in order to heal itself. Acupuncture, when done correctly, will put the body into that Parasympathetic - the rest, digest and heal - nervous system mode. This is also why our Acupuncture is so relaxing!