Rhinebeck Acupuncture
Rhinebeck Acupuncture

Frequently Asked Questions

What is acupuncture and does it hurt?

Acupuncture is an ancient form of healing with roots in the Chinese wisdom traditions. It involves the insertion of very fine needles (the thickness of a few human hairs) into the skin to promote healthy organ functioning and balance the relationship between body, mind, emotions, and spirit. While there is some sensation with the needling, people are surprised at how little it is. Most treatments only involve a few needles. The sterilized, disposable needles come individually wrapped and are opened just before use. Most people are quite relaxed during and after an acupuncture treatment.

Who can benefit from acupuncture treatment?

Everyone can benefit! For those who are healthy, acupuncture is great preventive medicine that can reduce the frequency of illness and the downtime if you do get ill. Acupuncture can reduce the severity of most conditions (for example, pain, depression, anxiety, anger,  fatigue, allergies, arthritis, asthma, digestive problems, menstrual difficulties). In the case of life-threatening illness such as cancer, lung, or heart disease, acupuncture helps you to maintain your spirits, improve your quality of life, and reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, radiation, and powerful medications. Because acupuncture addresses the body, mind, and spirit, it is a powerful support in times of personal growth and transformation.

What can I expect when I come for acupuncture?

The initial visit, lasting about two hours, is a time for your concerns to be heard and understood. Your medical and family history, life situation, and information from a brief physical examination and pulse diagnosis are taken into account. I will want to know how you view your life and what changes you would like to occur. Working in partnership with you contributes to the healing process. Subsequent visits last no more than an hour.

How often do you recommend being treated?

I recommend once a week for 6-12 weeks. As symptoms improve, twice a month. Maintenance is once a month. If you've had a problem for a very short time one session may be enough.