Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes! It has been used for well over 3000 years to help millions of people to get well and stay healthy, without drugs and surgery. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. The FDA requires that acupuncturists follow strict safety guidelines and use only sterile, nontoxic needles that are labeled for single use only.

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Naturally, people associate needle pain with their past experience with hypodermic needles. You can fit close to 10 acupuncture needles inside the tip of one hypodermic needle. Acupuncture needles are tiny, thin, and flexible; about the size of a cat’s whisker. Once the needles are inserted, some patients may experience a mild tingling or a sensation of fullness, along with an increased sense of relaxation. These are all quite normal and suggest that the treatment is working.

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Each patient is different. The initial phase of the treatment plan is usually between 3-12 visits. The length of treatment depends on the severity of the condition, how long you’ve had it (acute versus chronic), and your unique constitutional factors or ability to heal.

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As a practitioner, over 8 years of schooling is necessary. A bachelors degree is required to enter an accredited Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine school in which a 4 year Masters program is attained. I have furthered my education by obtaining my Doctorate degree in December 2017. Over 4,000 hours of schooling and clinical experience is required to graduate. National Board Certification, involving a four-part intensive exam, in addition to Clean Needle Technique courses are required to qualify for state licensure. While in practice, Continuing Education Units are mandatory to maintain and renew licensure and Board Certification while keeping up to date with knowledge and research. There are over 65 acupuncture schools and colleges in the US. Currently acupuncture is regulated in 42 states.