The questions most commonly asked of me are as follows: 

What tradition of acupuncture do you practice? 

My basic education was in Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture (TCM) but in clinical practice I pull from varying experts and combine many styles of traditions, all of which have one common theme: palpation.  

Does acupuncture hurt? 

People often ask if acupuncture hurts and to give them an idea I ask, "Have you ever accidentally pricked your finger with a sewing needle?"  Acupuncture hurts far less.  As the pin pierces the skin, that causes a brief prick sensation. Once the Qi is attained, the area might feel tingly, heavy, full, achy, itchy, or you might feel it elsewhere in your body, which is completely normal - and some people feel nothing at all.  But I will never allow the pins to feel burning, poking or pinching.  Acupuncture may feel odd, uncomfortable or unfamiliar but it won't be painful.  Once the pins are put in, most people feel drowsy and relaxed. 

How do you know the acupuncture is working? 

Acupuncture really only works if you hit "the spot", hook in with the energy and are then able to direct it to your benefit - in its true form: getting the Qi.   When people inquire, "How do you know when you get 'the spot?'", I pose to them that if you've ever been in a room and knew someone was looking at you and you turn your head and someone is in fact staring at you, that is what it's like to know that I have accessed the Qi.  

What are your acupuncture treatments like? 

The acupuncture I perform is very interactive, involving a lot of palpation and patient feedback.  My acupuncture treatments take about 10 minutes with solid, sterile, single-use, stainless steel pins, and the patient has them in for less than 30 minutes.  

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