Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes to trying acupuncture for the first time, there can be a lot of questions. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are not concepts that most people know much about, but rest assured, your comfort is our number one priority at Inspiration Point. We will explain everything we do before we do it so that you know exactly what to expect.
Q: Who can benefit from acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine?
A: You can! Chinese medicine is exceptional at preventative health and treating chronic illness. Using acupuncture and TCM alongside Western medicine can help the body to heal faster after injury, recover more quickly from illness, or simply maintain its healthy state.
Q: Does acupuncture hurt?
A: The needles used for acupuncture are unlike those used for other medical procedures. They are very thin and are inserted gently and painlessly. You may feel a little poke (think mosquito bite), but not much more than that. The insertion site may feel achy or tingle during and after treatment, but this is normal. Rarely do patients report feeling pain.
Q: What can I do to prepare for my first visit?
A: Nothing! You will be asked to fill out some paperwork, which includes financial arrangements. Next, we will take a complete health history and discuss your symptoms, lifestyle, and goals. Together we create a treatment plan suited to your individual needs.
Q: Can I fill out the intake paperwork from home?
A: Yes! The paperwork is available on our website in PDF form if you would like to fill it out before your appointment. If you choose to fill it out in person, please arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so that we do not fall behind.
Q: How many treatments will I need before I feel better?
A: It depends. Acupuncture is not a magic bullet—it takes time for your body to restore its balance. Patients who have acute symptoms, like a headache or chest cold, may see relief after just one treatment. However, most patients require several treatments over the course of a few weeks or months. A general rule of thumb is that the longer you have had a condition or the more severe your symptoms, the more treatments you will need. During your intake appointment, you will be provided with a personalized treatment plan so that you know exactly what to expect throughout your treatment.
Q: What can I expect after treatment?
A: Most patients feel extremely relaxed after treatment—some even sneak in a nap on the table. We advise patients to drink plenty of water after a treatment and to abstain from drugs and alcohol for at least six hours. I suggest scheduling follow-up treatments before you even leave the clinic to be sure that you can get the appointment you need. If you have any questions regarding your recommended supplements or herbs, just call or email - we're always happy to answer any questions!
Q: Is acupuncture helpful even if I am not sick or injured?
A: Definitely! Acupuncture is a great way to maintain your health. Many patients come in monthly for "tune-ups", immune support, or help with daily stress. Strengthening and supporting your body can help prevent illness and strain.
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