Acupuncture Frequently Asked Questions
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, 1 to 2 treatments per week for several months may suffice. For acute problems, fewer visits are typically required. One may seek seasonal visits for optimal health and wellness.
Are there side effects?
For most people the only effect of treatment is a sense of well being and often a cessation of troubling symptoms. As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place. Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days or general changes in appetite, sleep, emotions, bowel or urination patterns may occur. These should not be cause for concern, as they are indications that the acupuncture is assisting the body in starting to heal. A very small percentage of people may experience dizziness, nausea, sweating or faintness during an acupuncture treatment. If any of these symptoms occur, you should inform Dr. Melfi immediately so she can adjust or withdraw the needles. Also let her know if you feel an increasing amount of pain or any burning sensation at a particular needle site.
Do the needles hurt?
Most people feel minimal pain or discomfort as the needles are inserted. Acupuncture needles are hair thin, solid, and made from stainless steel with a smooth point. When the needle reaches the correct stimulus point, you should feel some cramping, heaviness or tingling. This discomfort is mild and should subside within a minute or so. Once the needles have been inserted they may be manually or electrically stimulated. You will then be left to rest for a short period with the needles in place (approximately 10-20 minutes) then the needles are removed.
Are the needles sterile?
The needles are pre-packaged, sterile, single use needles that are disposed of after use.