What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a system of healing with more than 3,000 years of history. Acupuncture works with your body’s vital energy, or “qi”, in order to bring it into balance. It involves placing hair size needles into specific points on the body. We use only sterile, disposable needles.

Acupuncture is often successful where traditional Western Medical treatments are not. If you have symptoms your doctor cannot diagnose, or a complicated condition with many layers, acupuncture is a fantastic treatment option. Acupuncture also treats everyday common complaints without the unwanted side effects of medication. Acupuncture can help you feel more energetic, emotionally balanced, and resistant to stress even if you do not have any specific medical complaints.


What is qi (chee)?

Qi, pronounced “chee”,  is loosely translated as energy. It can be used interchangeably with blood when referring to its function in the body, but it also has functions separate from the blood. There is qi in all things just like there are whirring fields of electrons in all matter. Qi, like energy, cannot be created or destroyed, simply transferred.

How does it work?

Acupuncture increases circulation, releases muscle tension, produces endorphins, reduces stress, stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, regulates the immune system, reduces inflammation, and regulates the central nervous system.

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture needles are solid, flexible, and very thin, slightly thicker than a strand of hair. Occasionally you may experience a brief small pinch, which will dissipate seconds after insertion. You may not even feel them on insertion. Points on the hands and feet tend to be the most sensitive, but even the most sensitive point on the most sensitive patient will only elicit momentary discomfort. New patients are always surprised by how painless and deeply relaxing the experience is.

What if I'm scared of needles?

While acupuncture needles are small, thin and flexible, there are those who are sensitive to needles. That's ok! We offer many other treatment options including acupressure, massage, cupping, sound healing, gua sha, essential oils, and moxibustion, all of which are effective and needle-free options for holistic healthcare.

Acupuncture feels different to everyone and each session and each point may feel different. You may experience warmth, tingling, pressure, or a slight ache like a sore muscle being massaged at points of insertion. This is called a “qi” sensation. You may feel these same sensations in places where there are no needles. This is the connection between channels. Most people feel very relaxed during and after sessions. Some people feel more energized after their session. You will have to experience it for yourself!

What should I expect from treatments?

Acupuncture is very effective at treating a wide range of diseases and symptoms, but it will not work in all cases for all people. I recommend a minimum of 5 sessions. While some acute problems may resolve more quickly, this is the minimum number of sessions needed to create some momentum and “kick-start” your healing process. Chronic conditions/pain that has been ongoing for many months/years may require more time. The longer you have experienced your current symptoms, the longer it may take to resolve; however, this is not always the case and many people respond very quickly. You should expect to see improvement within 4-8 sessions. For stubborn problems, you may see improvement in secondary symptoms or areas of your life first –like sleep and energy level –before your main area of concern improves. Commitment, patience, and a desire to be involved in your healing process are crucial for success.

How many treatments will I need?

How long will results last?

Individual responses will vary. Acupuncture treatments are cumulative. You might notice improvement after your first treatment, or it may take several sessions. If you do notice improvement, it will likely be shorter lived for your first few sessions, and increase in length as treatments progress. Consistency is key. We are retraining your body to function at an optimal level and each treatment helps extend the length of your results. Ultimately, acupuncture treatment results are very long-term with changes to diet and lifestyle, as we will get to the root of the issue.

Will my insurance cover it?

Some insurance policies cover acupuncture. Radiance Wellness is currently an out-of-network provider. Payment is due at the time of service, and I will give you an invoice to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.