Frequently Asked Questions
Acupuncture is a painless system that involves the insertion of fine needles at specific areas (points) on the skin or tissues at various depths. The core theory is based on our body’s meridians. Essentially, these are channels that run through the body while allowing vital energy (also known as “Qi”), blood, and oxygen to flow freely through the body’s pathways. Anything that disrupts these pathways is said to cause illness, create stagnation, and allow disease to take hold. Needling and manipulating specific areas or points in the body allows the free flow of Qi and create balance within.
Fine needles are used for acupuncture treatments. The needles are as thin as a strand of hair (0.22mm- 0.30mm). In comparison, regular hypodermic needles are much larger, in some cases up to 2.5mm. While some areas are more sensitive than others, (ankles, feet, hands) you should have little to no discomfort. For those who are needle sensitive, it is recommended to notify your concerns prior to treatment.
Absolutely. We thrive off of integration of both Western and Eastern medical care. We encourage every patient to seek both treatments regularly.
The number of acupuncture treatments you need varies on the complexity of your condition, whether it is a chronic or an acute illness. Chronic conditions generally need up to two treatments a week and last for several months to obtain desired results.
A lot of pharmaceutical drugs are derived from herbal medicine itself. Pharmaceutical drugs are synthesized, disregarding the important active ingredients of the plants. Using whole plant based medicine allows less to no side effects, however creates a longer healing time. Most herbal prescriptions are not used to not relieve symptoms but to treat the body as a whole tackling the root of the problem.
The duration of taking herbs may vary with each patient and depends on your constitution. Currently Pura Acupuncture & Wellness is offering granular (powder form) customized herbs and is made at the clinic. If you are interested in teas, pills, or tinctures, consult your doctor to see which form is best for you.
It is extremely important to notify your doctor which medications you are currently taking. For those who are interested in trying Chinese herbs, they are not intended to contraindicate with your current medications. It is also highly advised to consult or take herbs that are prescribed from a licensed practioner.