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Common Questions and Concerns
My body is broken
Your body is always functioning as best as it can with the resources is has. It contains the information to have perfect sleep every night and it is striving to attain that sleep. Your body just needs a little help to get what it needs to function optimally.
My condition is complicated and will be hard to correct
Nature moves in simple patterns and rhythms. When you swim down stream with the flow everything becomes much easier. We can help your body synchronize to the natural flow it has deviated from and this makes everything much easier.
My diet doesn’t make a difference
Simple shifts in diet can have a huge impact on the way the body functions. Given the right resources in the correct amount and timing, the body will naturally function optimally producing radiant health and vitality.
I just can’t sleep without my medication
Once the root cause of your problem is addressed and your body begins to regain optimal function, your body will produce it’s own medicine.
I’ll never be able to get restful sleep
This phase of your life is only temporary. Even if you do nothing, the situation will change in time. We are able to shift it in the direction you want to move in.
I’ve tried everything and I’m just going to have to learn to live with poor sleep
Even small shifts in behavior can have major impact. We always have the ability to choose how to respond to situations.
It will take a long time and I will be in treatment forever
Usually and 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.
It won’t work for me
Your body has been functioning perfectly in directing sleep since you were born. It knows what to do. We just have to help the body get headed in the right direction again.
It will cost too much
“What’s the cost of all the lost quality time with your family? The inability to achieve important goals? The opportunities missed due to fatigue or not bringing your “A” game?
My routines work. If I change my routine, I won’t be able to sleep
You have found a solution that is the best you could do with the resources available. If you are happy with your results, continue to do what you are doing. If you want to function at a higher level and achieve more, you will have to make small changes that will give you even better results.
It will take too long to see results
Symptoms can respond and change instantly, but don’t expect the underlying causes to be resolved in just a few treatments.
I will be on supplements and herbs and will 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.
Sleep is not that important
Actually, sleep is one of the most important activities your body goes through everyday. Sleep is the mechanism that the body uses to repair and regenerate tissues and the brain processes sensory information and stores memory. Sleep is a high priority right behind oxygen and water.
My night shift work really doesn’t have that much of an impact on my health
Research has shown that shift work can increase risks for numerous health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
I can get by on less than 8 hours and I’m fine
Sleep is critical for optimal function in all aspects of life. One of the key success factors in high achievers is their amount of sleep
Does it hurt?
The needles are extremely thin, and they cause no pain because they are razor sharp.
Will I have to keep coming forever?
The vast majority of patients don’t need long-term maintenance. Once their condition is resolved, it stays that way.
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.
Am I going to have to give up all my favorite foods forever?
The vast majority of our patients are able to eat foods they enjoy again once their healing process is complete.
Is natural medicine REALLY powerful enough to stop cure my sleep issues?
Natural medicine actually helps your body make more of its own medicine, which is more powerful and potent than any man-made medicine.
Will I have to keep doing treatment with you forever?
Most patients experience a complete resolution of symptoms of poor sleep in three to six months. After that, many choose to come in for regular maintenance visits. But, our goal is to get you to where you no longer need treatment and will be so happy with your results you’ll send us all your friends and family.
How long does it take to see results?
People often feel a shift after the very first treatment. Acupuncture is a very powerful way to stimulate endorphin release, which is the most powerful relaxing substance the body makes.
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 cause any bleeding whatsoever. 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.
My medication helps me to sleep, I don’t need anything else.
Yes, your medication helps you to sleep, but it does not address the underlying root cause of your inability to sleep. It is like using a bandaid to fix a broken arm. It helps the branch symptom, but leaves the root cause to continue to grow and become worse over time.
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.