Frequently Asked Questions

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world. This fact shows how powerful this medicine is and why we continue to use TCM today. Acupuncture is the insertion of very thin, sterile, single-use needles at specific points on the body. These personalized points are needled to promote balance and stimulate the body to heal itself.

How does Acupuncture work?

Biomedical perspective: Acupuncture increases circulation, decreases inflammation, boosts immunity, balances hormones, relieves anxiety/stress and releases endorphins and opioids which are natural pain relievers. There is evidence that stimulating acupuncture points enables electromagnetic signals to be relayed at a greater rate than normal, increasing the flow of pain-killing and healing chemicals to injured areas. 
TCM Perspective: In TCM, 12 main meridians flow throughout the body
containing life force (qi) and blood. When this flow becomes blocked in the channels, pain and disease may arise. This qi flow may be interrupted by trauma, diet, mental/emotional factors, and environmental factors. Acupuncture is designed to restore balance and free flow of qi along the meridians.

Is Acupuncture safe?

When performed by a trained, licensed professional, Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine are very safe. Rachel is certified in Clean Needle Technique through the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (CCAOM), nationally accredited through the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and license in South Carolina. 
Your safety is our primary concern. We remind all patients that Acupuncture care is not a substitute for regular visits to your physician. You should continue all treatments, medications, and recommendations by your doctor. We ask that you inform us of your medical history, surgeries, medications, & supplements so that we may make safe, informed decisions regarding your care.

What should I expect from my first acupuncture session?

Your first session will be 90 minutes and will include a full health history consultation and treatment. This consultation will be very detailed in order to determine how your symptoms interrelate and narrow down a root cause according to patterns of Chinese medicine. Other diagnostic tools will be used including tongue and pulse diagnosis and palpation. After the needles are inserted, I will leave you to relax on the table for about 30 minutes. Be sure to eat a light meal before your appointment and wear comfortable clothing.

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