FAQ’s

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Does acupuncture hurt?

The short answer is: it shouldn’t. About 5 to 15% of the time, people feel a brief, pinching sensation like being bitten by a mosquito. This sensation usually calms down quickly and most people find the whole experience surprisingly relaxing.

What does acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can treat a great number of ailments. It works best at treating neuromuscular pain conditions both acute and chronic. Acupuncture is great for treating stress. Acupuncture can also treat anxiety, insomnia, depression, stress, carpal tunnel, digestive issues, fertility and reproductive issues, skin conditions, stress, systemic inflammation, allergies, colds, flus, migraines, headaches, and stress. Did I mention stress?

Do I have to take my clothes off?

The style of acupuncture practiced at CSCA requires that everyone keeps their clothes on.  All the needles are placed below the elbows and knees and in the ears and head.  We can treat the whole body using these distal points.  This allows everyone to stay fully clothed during their treatment. Please do try to wear clothes that easily allow access to areas below the knees and elbows. During warmer weather certain points can be used on the thigh and shorts are recommended.  We will specifically talk to each patient if this is recommended.

Why am I being treated in a group setting?

The community style acupuncture group setting serves three functions. First, it allows the practitioner to treat lots of patients in a short period of time. Secondly, this allows the practitioner to lower the cost per patient making treatments more affordable. Thirdly, the group setting allows families and friends to come in together and get treatments. And the bonus is that group treatments are just more fun!

Will I need more than one treatment?

Yes. Acupuncture is like exercise. The best results come from the frequency of treatment. After your first treatment, a treatment plan is given to all patients with the recommended frequency of treatments. For more information check out the treatment plan page.

How long should I sit with the needles in?

This question doesn’t have an answer. Each patient’s needs can vary, even from treatment to treatment. Most people will stay for about 30 minutes to an hour. On occasion and space permitting, some patients can sleep for 3 to 4 hours! Trust your body and over time you will know when its time to get up.

What about herbs?

CSCA’s view on herbs is simple. Acupuncture can treat everything herbs can, if given enough frequent treatment. If treatment frequency is an issue, we can provide simple patent herbal formulas that will help about 80% of the complaints presented in the clinic.  We feel herbs are more helpful with internal conditions such as digestion, insomnia, fertility, anxiety, and allergies. Acupuncture works best with neuromuscular and pain conditions. If you have a more complicated condition or need more specialized herbal attention, we will be happy to refer you to a qualified practitioner who can better address your needs.

What should I expect after the treatment?

Most people feel pleasantly relaxed after a treatment.  It is possible for painful conditions to be greatly reduced or eliminated after the treatment. Please pay attention to any changes in the intensity, the location, or the quality of the pain. This is useful information to report back on your next visit. Most people carry on with their normal daily activities after treatment. If you have any specific questions, please ask before or after your treatment.

What about diet and lifestyle advice?

As a general rule, we believe everyone already has enough access to the relevant and useful information needed. If you require more specific resources, we will do our best refer you to the right practitioner for your needs.