Here’s some frequently asked questions we get at Point:

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an over 5000-year-old medical practice where fine needles are inserted beneath the skin at specific points along the body’s energy pathways, called meridians. The complex network of meridians deliver energy, also called Qi, to every part of the body. Pain or illness results when the flow of Qi is interrupted or blocked and acupuncture’s purpose is to stimulate, disperse, and balance the flow of Qi throughout the body within the meridians.

How long is each treatment?

At POINT clinic, your initial treatment will be approximately one hour and subsequent visits will be approximately 40 minutes.

How many treatments do I need and how often?

Because each person’s health issues are different, and response to treatment is unique, the number and frequency of treatments will vary. As a general guideline, conditions that are acute will respond faster than chronic conditions. The recommendation for acupuncture is twice a week for three weeks to assess favorable results. Some patients may respond favorably after one visit, where as others may require several months of treatments for maximum results. For a limited amount of people, despite best efforts, the patient does not respond to acupuncture.

Are the needles sterile and safe?

POINT clinic only uses needles that are manufactured, packaged, and shipped in a sterile environment. Each needle is used only once, then safely discarded.

What are the possible side effects?

The most common side effects are local bruising and mild discomfort at insertion site, but these effects are temporary and do not deter the effectiveness of the treatment. While rare, more serious side effects include fainting, needle break, bent needle, or puncture of internal organs.

What other aspects of Asian medicine might be used during my session?

The techniques of cupping and moxibustion may also be included with your treatment. Cupping uses warmed jars that create a light suction when applied to the body. Its purpose is to reduce local congestion of Qi and blood. Moxibustion involves burning the herb mugwort above the skin at specific acupuncture points and it helps eliminate disease by warming the Qi and blood. Moxibustion is best suited for weakened or chronic conditions, or when there is cold or dampness obstructing the body’s meridians.

What should I have for dinner?

Geez, I don’t know. Maybe something light.