FAQ: Acupuncture for Wellness in Orange County

Does acupuncture hurt? The needles are so thin that one could fit about 15-20 of them inside a common hypodermic needle. Most people fall asleep during an acupuncture treatment. Few people complain of a small or sharp prick upon insertion. If receiving acupuncture for muscular dysfunction, it is not uncommon to experience soreness the following day and this is actually a sign that the condition is responding.

Is acupuncture safe? From a well trained practitioner, acupuncture is very safe. Strictly single-use, sterilized needles are used and properly disposed of immediately after use to eliminate any chance of cross-contamination. The state of California requires that all practitioners of acupuncture attain a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine and pass the California State Acupuncture Licensing Examination.

Does acupuncture have side effects? Serious side effects are very rare. Minor bleeding (one to two drops of blood), or minor bruising can occur and is found to happen in about 3% of treatments. Fainting can occur if the patient is very hungry, or has a tendency towards fainting. Certain people feel drowsy or chilled immediately. It is not uncommon to have an endorphin rush and feel in a daze for about an hour after.

Can I use acupuncture in conjunction with other treatments? Yes. Talk to your health care provider for recommendations on how to integrate different methods for healing. It is usually best to allow your body to process one modality at a time by seeing just one practitioner in a day.

How can I gain the most benefit from an acupuncture treatment? It is best to follow a few guidelines 8 hours before and after an acupuncture treatment: Before and after treatment, Don’t drink alcohol or engage in extreme physical activity. After a treatment try not to be exposed to uncomfortable hot or cold temperatures, try not to rush, get rest and eat nourishing foods.

Do herbs have side effects? Communication with your herbalist about concerns or complaints regarding your response to herbs is advised. If they occur, the side effects of herbs are usually mild and may include digestive changes such as gas, loose stools or constipation, and possible skin dryness or itching.