Frequently Asked Questions
What is acupuncture?
The philosophy of acupuncture acknowledges that vital energy, Chi, controls the working of every organ. This energy must flow freely in the proper balance and quantity in order for the body to function properly.
How does acupuncture work?
Many times in illness the flow of vital energy is impaired. Acupuncture can affect this vital energy at energy pathways called meridians. When inserted into these acupuncture points, along with manipulation of the needles, energy can be directed to the deficient organ, and excess energy disbursed and blockages removed. As harmony of the vital energy is restored the symptoms of illness disappear.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Unlike Hypodermic needles, which most people are used to being injected with, Acupuncture needles are extremely fine filaments, which are approximately 2/10ths of a millimeter (.15mm to .20mm), in diameter, which is about twice the diameter of a human hair. They are sterile and used only once before they are disposed.
Patients are often surprised that Acupuncture relatively painless! They usually report that needles create very little to no sensation at all, and within a few minutes they become so profoundly relaxed that they often fall asleep during the treatment and awaken feeling very calm and refreshed.
Is acupuncture beneficial for mental conditions?
Acupuncture views the body, mind and spirit as a whole. Physical imbalances may cause mental disturbances and can manifest on many levels. Acupuncture treatments strive to restore the balance of the person as a whole to restore harmony.
How long is an acupuncture session?
The average session is one hour, depending upon the condition.
How many visits will I need?
The number of visits will depend upon the underlying condition, if symptoms are chronic or acute, and the state of health in general. The suggested treatments will be discussed with you during your initial consultation.
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Troy Hyatt, L.Ac./ M.T.O.M.
Acupuncturist / Herbalist