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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. Is there anything I should know for my first appointment?
A. For your first appointment, be sure to wear loose comfortable clothing and eat something about an hour beforehand.  Your first appointment will last about two hours, with all other appointments lasting one hour.  We'll do a thorough initial evaluation, taking into account and discussing things like diet, sleep patterns, lifestyle, goals and more.  Diagnostic tools may include pulse diagnosis, looking at your tongue, your gait, your posture and your alignment. Treatment can include a number of therapies (click HERE for details on our treatment therapies), but will most likely include acupuncture and some bodywork. Acupuncture needles are generally kept on the body for 15-30 minutes, depending on the specific treatment. 
The benefits of acupuncture start immediately.  After your first treatment you could experience an excellent night of sleep, higher energy, more focus, less stress and a reduction in pain. Some side effects may be muscle soreness, slight bruising and heightened sensitivity. 

Q. Do you have parking?
A. Yes. We have a spacious lot with free parking. 

Q. Are you fully accessible for persons with disabilities? 

A. Yes. Our back entrance is fully ramped and our building is equipped with an elevator and doorways that meet the needs of those using a wheelchair. We're happy to offer assistance to anyone who may need further support. Providing accessible services to all of our community is extremely important. If you find limits to accessing our building or office, please let our staff know, so we can remedy the situation. 

Q. How does acupuncture work?
A.  Systemic balance is critical to one's health and wellness, in western medicine this is known as homeostasis.  Any imbalance can result in disorders such as pain, injury, insomnia, digestive issues, stress, gynecological disorders, allergies, depression, colds and a myriad of other complications.  Acupuncture helps restore one's nature balance so organs and bodily systems can work together in harmony.  This sets the stage for the body to repair itself and maintain its own optimal health. 
From a Western medicine perspective, research has shown that acupuncture treatment triggers different physiological responses, such as:

Stimulating the immune system and increasing white blood cells, which defend the body against infection.
Regulating blood sugar metabolism, which helps the body use energy more efficiently.
Increasing blood circulation and producing beneficial changes in blood pressure; Decreasing cholesterol and triglycerides.
Increasing stomach peristaltic activity and regulating digestive fluids, thereby improving digestion.
Regulating and stimulating serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is directly related to sleep, appetite, and moods.
Increasing the availability of receptors in the brain that process and weaken pain signals.
Affecting both the brain’s short- and long-term ability to reduce pain sensation.

Q. Does acupuncture hurt?
A.  Acupuncture needles can be uncomfortable, but most people say that they can't even feel the insertions. Different acupuncture points have different levels of sensitivity, so don't be alarmed if some points are slightly painful.  Unlike hypodermic needles which are used for the delivery of liquids and have a hollow edge to cut the skin, acupuncture needles are solid and part the tissue rather than cut it.  Acupuncture needles are also much finer then hypodermic needles.  About 40 acupuncture needles can fit into the tip of one standard 18 gauge hypodermic needle!  Due to the acupuncture needles being so fine and the swiftness of the insertion, the pain reflexes on the nerve endings are not even stimulated.  There are some areas of the body that will always be more sensitive including the fingers, toes and palms, but it's generally nothing more than a quick little prick.  By the time all the needles are inserted, you generally do not feel any of them and are consumed with a sense of calm relaxation.

Q. How often do I need to come in for treatment?
A. The exact duration and frequency of treatment varies case to case but generally depends on the condition, your basic level of health and how well you respond to acupuncture.  Usually frequent treatments are done for the first few weeks; after that, the frequency of treatment may be reduced as wellness is restored.  Average cases take around 6 treatments to resolve, while more challenging chronic cases can take 10+.

Q. Do you treat children?
A. Absolutely!  Both of my children receive regular acupuncture and we love exposing children to alternative health options in their youth. Some of the most effective therapies for children are cupping and bodywork. Many of our young patients even take great pride in getting acupuncture and not being scared of the needles. Young people's health systems are primed for restorative health and their bodies are very receptive to treatment. Usually healing comes more quickly than in adults and results are longer-lasting.

Q. Do you have to be certified to practice acupuncture?
A. Yes.  Acupuncturists in Wisconsin must be fully licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.  It requires completion of  a graduate degree program from an accredited school and the passing of a national exam provided by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  I am licensed in both California and Wisconsin and am happy to provide more information on my training and certification. 

Q.  What does acupuncture treat?
A.  Acupuncture is extremely successful in the treatment of a multitude of conditions.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified approximately 40 diseases that are effectively treated with acupuncture.  However Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system that is capable of diagnosing and effectively treating a wide range of conditions including but certainly not limited to: 

Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders
Back Pain
Stiff Neck
Bell's Palsy
Trigeminal Neuralgia
Headaches and Migraines
Cerebral Palsy
Muscle Spasms

Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders
Sore Throat
Hay Fever
Nerve Deafness
Ringing in the Ears
Poor Eyesight

Circulatory Disorders
High Blood Pressure
Angina Pectoris

Gastrointestinal Disorders
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Spastic colon
Food Allergies
Abdominal Bloating

Cosmetic Issues
Fine Lines/Wrinkles
Uneven Skin Tone
Improved Texture
Gynecological / Genitourinary Disorders
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation
Chronic Bladder Infection
Complications in Pregnancy
Morning Sickness
Kidney Stones
Infertility in Men and Women
Sexual Dysfunction

Immune Disorders
Chronic Fatigue
Epstein Barr Virus

Smoking Cessation

Emotional and Psychological Disorders

Respiratory Disorders
Colds and Flus

Acupuncture Also Treats
Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects
Dermatological Disorders
Weight Control
Prenatal Care
Preventative medicine for the prevention of disease and to promote health, energy and vitality.