Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of extremely thin single-use, sterilized needles into specific points, which lie on energy channels that circulate throughout the body. The study and application of acupuncture to treat pain and disease has been around for over 2000 years. It can treat acute and chronic conditions and is reliable for preventative health care.
How does it work?
Qi (pronounced chee), or energy, flows through channels of the body. When the body is in balance, the qi runs smoothly through these channels but when life gets too hectic and we become stressed or sick, these channels are blocked. The needles are inserted at certain points to reactivate the natural flow of qi in the body to attain the body's natural balance.
Is it safe?
Your acupuncturist uses single use sterilized needles, which are immediately disposed of afterwards. Acupuncture is a completely safe procedure when administered by a board certified licensed professional.
What does it feel like? Does it hurt?
There are different reactions to acupuncture. Treatments are usually painless. After insertion, you may experience a sensation of tingling, heaviness, heat or a moving sensation through the channels. Many people report feeling relaxed during or after treatment.
What is Community Acupuncture?
Community acupuncture is a style of acupuncture treatment where you receive acupuncture in a reclining chair, or on a table, in a semi-private room, with a few other people also receiving acupuncture. The room is divided by medical curtains. You remain fully dressed, as points used are primarily located on lower arms and legs, and the head. The room is quiet and peaceful and very relaxing.
Is community acupuncture as effective as private treatments?
Yes. Community style acupuncture is as effective as private treatments, or more effective, if you take into consideration that you will be less stressed from paying less. Patients also benefit from the collective energy field, which may be due to limbic resonance, and makes individual treatments more powerful.
How often will I need to come for treatment?
This entirely depends on the specifics of your condition. Some people come in for a few treatments until they feel better, some require long term care, and some just come in every once in a while for a tune-up. Your acupuncturist will discuss your prognosis and treatment plan during your first visit. It is our hope that the low cost of community style acupuncture allows you to come in as frequently as needed.
How much does it cost?
Windstone Acupuncture offers a sliding scale of $40-$70 for community style acupuncture. You decide how much to pay, no questions asked.
There is a one time additional $10 paperwork fee at the initial visit.
Payment is taken before treatment so that you won't have any worries afterwards. Payment may be made in cash, check or credit card.
(*NAET is priced differently)
What should I do to prepare for my treatment and what should I expect?
Most points used are located in the distal areas of the body - the forearms, hands, lower legs and feet- so please wear comfortable clothing that can easily access these areas. You will be relaxing in a reclining chair and may fall asleep. Please advise your acupuncturist if you have a time concern, and most importantly: turn your mobile phone off or to silent, the ring or vibration mode can disrupt your, or a neighbor's, relaxation.
Please refrain from wearing scents as many other patients have allergies to scents.
The needles will remain in from 20-60 minutes. As you become accustomed to receiving acupuncture, you will know when you are 'done'. Your acupuncturist will always be close at hand to see when you are ready to be unpinned and to assist at any time during the treatment.