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Common Questions
What does it feel like?
How many treatments will I need?
How long is a treatment?
How should I prepare for a treatment?
What's a treatment like?
How will I feel after treatment?
Are there any side effects?
How can acupuncture & herbal medicine help me?

What does it feel like?

Acupuncture needles are usually as fine as a hair and very different from needles conventionally used to give injections or take blood.

Sensation can range from a light buzzing, to a dragging or slight ache. This is usually short lived, only lasting while the energy flows around that point.


How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments vary from person to person, according to their diagnosis and the severity of their health issues. Often longtime conditions take longer to treat, but this isn’t always the case. Sometimes symptoms disappear quickly after treatment, but it is more common for them to gradually change and improve over time as the course of treatment progresses.


Initially, it is best to commit to a course of around 3-4 weekly treatments to kick start your body's own healing and help re-establish the balance of your energies. The goal is to have longer intervals between treatments, with your body eventually maintaining its own internal balance without continual treatment.


How long is a treatment?

The needles may be left in place for a short period of time, or just for a second and then removed immediately, depending on your needs. The treatment itself will last between 30 and 45 minutes.


The position and number of points used will depend on your diagnosis and other factors such as your age, energy levels, build and sensitivity to treatment.


How should I prepare for a treatment?

It’s best to have eaten at least a light snack before your appointment. Also, avoid scraping or brushing your tongue the morning of your treatment (brushing teeth is fine, and appreciated!).


If possible, come to your appointment wearing loose clothes, or bring shorts and/or a tank top to change into.


What's a treatment like?

At your first visit, we will discuss in detail your current symptoms and medical history. I will also feel your pulses and look at your tongue for diagnostic signs.


This comprehensive Chinese Medical diagnosis will involve an assessment of your individual structural, internal and emotional health. The focus is on you as an individual, not just your disease or symptoms.


Treatment plan and points will then be selected. The points chosen to place the needles might not be in the area of your body where your symptoms occur. If needed, an herbal formula may be advised, either in raw herb form, granules, or pills.


At your next appointment, we will discuss your health and symptoms again and a re-examination will be done to check your progress.

How will I feel after the acupuncture treatment?

Some patients feel invigorated wile others become deeply relaxed and even fall asleep during a treatment. Patients often report feeling a shift in their internal balance, and may notice a change in symptoms immediately. Or, you may find you don't notice a big change until the next day.


It is also perfectly "normal" not to feel anything during treatment. Your response to treatment will be as unique as you are.


Avoid any strenuous activity straight after your treatment (e.g. vigorous exercise or driving long distances) and also to refrain from drinking alcohol straight after a treatment.


Are there any side effects?

In some cases, symptoms change before improving. In rare instances, they may be temporarily aggravated before improving with chinese medicine. This is usually part of the adjustment of your energetic balance and is soon followed by an improvement in your condition.


Can acupuncture & herbal medicine help me?

You name it, Chinese Medicine can treat it:

Skin disease: eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, urticaria

Gastro-intestinal disorders: IBS, chronic constipation, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, food allergies

Gynecological: PMS SX, menstrual disorders, infertility

PAIN: Migraines, Neck/Back/Muscle pain

Sleep: insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep, sleep apnea

Hepatitis, HIV, cancer: support for symptoms and medication side-effects

Chronic fatigue, Auto-immune disease, viral infections

Respiratory: asthma, bronchitis, chronic cough, allergies, rhinitis and sinusitis

Rheumatological conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)

Urinary conditions: chronic cystitis, prostate conditions

Diabetes, including treatment and prevention

Psychological problems: depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD


If you have any other questions that are not covered here, please contact Nan and she will be happy to help.




Nan Schwarz
Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine





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