Frequently Asked Questions
How widely accepted is acupuncture in the United States?
In 1997 at the Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture, held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it has been reported that acupuncture is being “widely” practiced by thousands of physicians, dentists, acupuncturists, and other practitioners for relief or prevention of pain and for various other health conditions. According to the 2002 National Health Interview Survey, an estimated 8.2 million U.S. adults have used acupuncture, and an estimated 2.1 million U.S. adults had used acupuncture in the previous year.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is a safe procedure. Acupuncture needles were
Is acupuncture safe for pregnant women as well?
Acupuncture has not been reported to have side effects on pregnant women, with respect to complications such as miscarriages
Does acupuncture hurt?
You may feel a slight pinching, tingling, heaviness or warmth at
Even patients taking anticoagulants can receive acupuncture?
Yes. You are not at risk
aimed at the blood vessels. However, upon removal of the needles
What should I expect during my first visit?
Before your first visit, feel free (we highly recommend it) to attend a Cornerstone Acupuncture informational seminar in order to learn
more about acupuncture, its abilities, meet our current or previous
patients (if available), learn more about me, Dr. Ma, and my work, and
ascertain if our personalities are compatible
Is there anything I should do during my first treatment?
Relax and enjoy the treatment. Try not to move
Is there anything I should do before engaging in
Acupuncture etiquette is the following:
Try to relax. There is nothing to be afraid of. If you have any pressing concerns about the treatment please be sure to
address it to us beforehand. Do not come to an acupuncture session on an empty stomach. Dizziness or fainting can occur during or after treatment
Are there certain people who should not undergo acupuncture
What to expect after treatment and what are some common side effects of acupuncture?
actually quite rare. The most common after-effect is, one, drowsiness and light headed-ness possibly when you first get up. This is due to the fact that acupuncture has the capability of releasing large amounts of endorphins. This after-effect is normal and usually
disappears after 10 minutes. And two, a slight sensation where the needles were inserted. This sensation will soon disappear as well.
The most common side-effect from acupuncture can be, one, slight bruising and, or, minimal bleeding. Bleeding after needle removal will dissipate in a matter of seconds. If bruising does occur, it will disappear in a few days. And two, slight pain and discomfort on
Pneumothorax, an extremely rare condition, can result from acupuncture.
There is no need to feel discouraged from receiving further treatment if the common side-effects mentioned above were to take place.
“My hair has stopped falling out and has started to fill back in, and my thyroid levels are close to normal! I doubt I would have seen these changes if I continued the course of treatment recommended by my endocrinologist and dermatologist. I truly believe the turnaround in my health is attributable to Dr. Ma.”
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