Luna Acupuncture Clinic
Questions & Answers
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes! Acupuncture is extremely safe, it is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding feelings of relaxation and well-being. The risks of acupuncture are low if you have a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner using proper techniques and sterile needles. Side effects are relatively rare, but can include soreness, minor bleeding or bruising where the needles were inserted. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by license practitioners and requires all acupuncturists to follow strict safety guidelines.
What education does an acupuncturist receive?
Today, acupuncturists undertake four to six years of extensive comprehensive graduate training at nationally certified schools. To practice, all acupuncturists must pass a national exam and meet their state's specific guidelines.
Do acupuncture needles hurt?
Naturally, people associated needle pain with their past experience with hypodermic needles. You can fit close to 10 acupuncture needles inside the tip of one hypodermic needle. Acupuncture needles are tiny, thin, and flexible, about twice the diameter of a human hair. Once the needles are inserted, some patients may experience a mild tingling or a dull ache. Some people experience a sensation of energy moving around the needle, along with an increased sense of relaxation. These are all quite normal and suggest the treatment is working.
How many treatments will I need?
Each patient is different. Generally, if a condition is more acute, patients respond faster than if it has been a chronic condition. Your acupuncturist will help determine the duration of time it will take to see significant changes in your health. They may suggest a specific number of treatments per week, monthly visits for health maintenance and/or seasonal "tune ups".
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