Answers to Common Questions
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes, acupuncturists in the state of Florida are required, by law, to use sterile, single-use needles. This means that the needles used on you are brand new and will be disposed of in a sharps container. Also, all acupuncturist are certified in the Clean Needle Technique which ensures high safety standards.
Are there any side effects?
Common side effects of acupuncture include bruising and minor bleeding from the needle site. Some people may feel a bit dizzy for a few minutes after acupuncture treatment, but this goes away shortly; I always recommend that people have a little food in their bellies in order to avoid dizziness. Often people will experience positive side effects such as better energy and improved mood. Most acupuncturists truly work by the motto, “Do no harm.”
Does acupuncture hurt?
The needles are very tiny, so insertion is usually not uncomfortable. Sometimes, the needle can feel like a small bug bite, but the feeling dissipates very quickly. In fact, some people don’t feel anything at all! I can’t honestly say that there is zero discomfort; however, I always say that the minor feeling of the needle is less uncomfortable than whatever symptom is affecting one’s life. Also, after the needles are put in, endorphins are released, and this causes a deep sense of relaxation and pleasure in the body akin to the feelings created by massage.
Can acupuncture be used in conjunction with other therapies?
Absolutely! Unless your doctor explicitly forbids it, acupuncture is not only safe to use with other treatments, but it often boosts the benefits so that your symptoms are relieved faster. I have seen patients undergoing cancer therapy and patients before and after surgeries benefit from acupuncture treatment. Of course, if you are concerned, please consult your doctor before beginning acupuncture.