1. Do acupuncture needles hurt?

A:  When you think of needles, most of us think of hypodermic needles.  Hypodermic needles cause a painful sensation when they pierce the skin because they are hollow and fairly thick.  They are designed to inject fluid into your body or remove some fluid from it. 

Acupuncture needles on the other hand, are as thin as your hair or a cat's whisker.  They don't hurt in the way that hypodermic needles do.  At worst, you might feel a slight pinch.  Most people do not feel any adverse sensation while receiving acupuncture treatment.  After the treatment patients feel extremely relaxed and calm.

2. Is acupuncture Safe?

A:  Acupuncture is a safe and non-invasive treatment that activates the bodies natural ability to heal itself.  This field of medicine is regulated by the California Acupuncture Board in the state of California.  All medical devices including needles and herbal supplements are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Acupuncture needles are disposable one-time use only and sterile.  They are safe and do not carry any risk of infection.

3. Is acupuncture only used to treat pain?

A:  Acupuncture is a very effective treatment for musculoskeletal pain and injuries.  It is often used for this purpose in sports medicine to aid athletes.  That being said, acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years and is helpful in supporting women's health and fertility, aiding digestive function, improving immune function and improving overall health.

Acupuncture is a treatment used as part of holistic medicine.  In this approach the body is viewed as a whole and each condition as part of the whole system of the body.  The goal of holistic medicine is to bring balance and health to the whole body, mind and spirit.