Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Common Questions about Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Do acupuncture needles hurt?

This is one of the most common questions asked when someone is considering acupuncture. The answer is no.

When we think of needles, we are used to thinking of hypodermic needles because that is what we are most familiar with. What comes to mind is going to the doctor and getting a shot.

Acupuncture needles are very different that hypodermic needles. For starters, they are as thin as a human hair, solid and do not contain a substance to be injected. Hypodermic needles are larger and hollow to contain a substance that is injected.

Sometimes there is a prick when the needle is inserted, much like a mosquito bite. After the needle is in, there should be no pain at all.

What can Acupuncture do for me?

As we have mentioned in other areas of the website, acupuncture can help a variety of conditions namely chronic pain, painful periods, stress, insomnia, headaches, carpal tunnel, digestive problems, etc.

How big are the needles?

As thin as a hair and solid; all needles are sterile, single-use, disposable stainless steel.

What can I expect from the first treatment?

After the practitioner asks a set of comprehensive questions, takes your pulse (Chinese style) and looks at your tongue he/she will determine the condition to be treated taking to account the person as a whole.

Treatment should be a relaxing experience with some patients falling asleep and waking up revitalized.

Should I ask my doctor?

Absolutely if it makes you feel more comfortable with your decision of getting acupuncture. We believe if the right therapies are combined for a condition then the benefit will be magnified.

You do not, however, need permission from your doctor to have acupuncture treatments. If your practitioner has any questions, have them contact us or go to the NIH website for the most recent research in acupuncture.


Thank you for your referrals.

When you refer a patient for an acupuncture treatment You receive 15% off of your next visit.

"My body has been put through the ringer playing rugby for the USA. Recently I hurt my back badly and was not able to return to play right away, with the help and expertise of Karla Leopold I was able to start training again and am now back on the pitch as good as new."

"I have had acupuncture many places and this is as good as it gets. They treated my hand pain after an amputation. Don't know what I would do without them. Professional and a very good setting."


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