Megan Willdorf, MSTCM, L.Ac. - Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist
Does it hurt? 
Acupuncture is virtually painless.  A small sensation similar to a pinch may be felt upon insertion & disappears quickly.  A sensation of warmth, tingling, heaviness, or numbness can be felt after the insertion.  This is the sensation of Qi  and is normal and a beneficial part of treatment. Most patients generally feel relaxed both during and after the treatment.  

Is it safe? 
Acupuncture is one of the most conservative and safe therapies in existence. We use only single-use sterile disposable needles. Because acupuncture uses the body's own healing power to restore health, it is minimally invasive.   

What is a course of treatment? 
This depends on the nature of the condition.  Generally patients come 1 to 2 times a week until the symptoms and root of the problem are treated.  Acute conditions take far less time to heal than do chronic ones.  Seeking treatment early greatly reduces the length of healing time.    

Can I use it with Western Medicine?
Absolutely!  Just notify your practitioner of any medication you may be using to avoid interactions.   

How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture works through generating signals from the peripheral nervous system into the central nervous system in order to elicit a targeted and restorative reaction from the central nervous system. This central nervous system function can reduce pain and inflammation, normalize body processes, deeply calm the body, and promote healing. This peripheral nervous system signal is generated through inserting a hair thin sterile acupuncture needle into a specific acupuncture point.  
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