Common Questions

 
 

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture needles are extremely thin and are designed to be virtually painless.  Common sensations include a feeling of light pressure, subtle internal movement, and warmth.

 

How long will treatments last?

An initial appointment is an hour and subsequent visits are forty-five minutes to an hour.  Each treatment starts with a discussion of current health and health history. We will discuss your main complaint, needs, and health goals to create a treatment plan. Each treatment varies depending on what techniques are appropriate.  

 

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

Each person is unique and requires an individualized treatment plan.  The length of treatment depends on the type, severity, and duration of the condition.  Generally speaking, for every year a condition has existed, a month of regular treatments is required.  We suggest that first time patients commit to at least three treatments to see results.

 

is it safe?

Yes.  Acupuncture is safe when practiced properly by a trained licensed professional.  We have undergone years of studying and training to earn our Masters degrees in Chinese medicine and become licensed acupuncturists.  Your safety is our top priority.

 

what training is required?

In New York State, acupuncturists are independent health care providers.  Currently, a New York State Licensed Acupuncturist is required to undertake a course of study involving over 4,000 hours of classroom instruction, supervised clinical experience, and out of classroom or out of clinic study.  This must be done at an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the Board of Regents.  Additionally, to obtain a license, an acupuncturist must successfully complete and pass a series of rigorous examinations regulated by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.