Common Questions and Concerns
My condition is complicated and will be hard to correct
Nature moves in simple patterns and rhythms. When you swim with the flow, everything becomes easier. The same is true for your body. We can help your body re-synchronize to the natural flow. Correcting course makes everything much easier.
My diet doesn’t make a difference
Simple shifts in diet can have a big impact on the way the body functions. Given the right resources, the correct amount of change, and the proper timing, the body will naturally function optimally producing radiant health and vitality.
It will take a long time and I will be in treatment forever
Usually (even with chronic conditions) patients get the relief and change they need within 3 to 6 months. Treatment beyond that time is on an as needed basis.
How long does it take to see results?
Sometimes symptoms can respond and change instantly. Other times it can take a while. Each person is unique just as each issue is unique. Generally speaking, however, acute issues can often be resolved in a few weeks whereas chronic issues can take a few months. Tim will talk to you about your specific case. You will set goals together and measure progress each step of the way.
Will I be on supplements and herbs or have to get acupuncture forever?
Our program is designed to address the root cause of your condition quickly and directly. Most patients do not need to continue to take herbs and supplements once the underlying cause is resolved.
I will have to make big drastic changes in my lifestyle or diet
Our philosophy is to address the root cause with as little intervention as possible. We see better results with small permanent lifestyle/diet habit changes as opposed to radical large changes which are often unsustainable in the long run.
Does it hurt?
The needles we use are extremely thin. Usually there is no pain or sensation upon insertion. Sometimes you will feel a small pinch that will resolve itself in a few seconds. Very rarely there is pain or discomfort with a particular needle. If this happens, let Tim know and he will make adjustments or remove the needle. During the treatment you should feel very relaxed. We tell people that if our 4 year old can be needled, then you can too.
Will I have to keep coming forever?
The vast majority of patients don’t need long-term maintenance. Once the condition is resolved, it stays that way. Occasionally, maintenance is recommended.
Will you tell me I have to take 25 vitamin pills a day?
We always make sure our treatment plans are concise and focused on your problem. No “shotgun” approach here.
Will I have to spend a lot of time coming in for treatments?
Most of our patients are able to get great results with twice-weekly visits. We can discuss this in more detail at your free consultation.
How do I know it’s safe?
Acupuncture has been practiced safely for centuries, and in the hands of an experienced practitioner is virtually risk-free.
Is this going to require a big time commitment?
Actually all it takes is some very simple daily routines that take less than a few minutes a day along with twice a week 30-minute visits to my office for several weeks.
Are there side-effects?
Generally, there are no side-effects, other than occasional mild bruising (this rarely happens). There are, however, many positive side-effects including increased relaxation, better sleep, and a more positive attitude and outlook.
Will I bleed?
The acupuncture needles do not usually cause bleeding. Occasionally a drop of blood will appear at the insertion site, upon removal of the needles, and this is easily cleaned with a simple cotton swab.
Is there any risk of infection?
As per federal regulations, all our needles are sterile, single-use, and disposable. There is no risk of getting an infection from the needles. If you have an immune or other condition we should know about, we’ll make sure to cover that with you before treatment.
Are your herbs safe?
We use a family owned US based company that is very reputable. They test all botanical materials multiple times throughout the manufacturing process for quality and purity. They are one of the largest suppliers of granular herbal formulas to licensed practitioners in the US.
How long have you been practicing?
I’ve been licensed and treating since August 2011. I’ve given over 11,000 treatments since I started practicing. I regularly attend online and in person continuing education workshops, seminars, and mastermind groups bringing the latest cutting edge and clinically relevant information to serve my patients.
Why can’t I just keep doing what I am doing and take my medication?
You are looking for another solution if you are reading this. You can continue to do what you are doing and keep kicking the can down the road, or you can find the root cause and address it. Our clinic specializes in finding and resolving root cause with the least amount of intervention.
Will your herbs interfere or react with my medications?
We will go over your prescribed medications and check for any known herb/drug interaction. For the most part there are usually few contraindications for herbs and pharmaceutical medications.
Why should I take your herbs instead of my medications?
Do not go off your medications without your doctor’s directions. Our herbs work to address the symptoms and the root cause. The herbs work synergistically to enhance your body’s ability to heal and repair.