FAQ About Acupuncture

Are the needles clean?

You can rest easy knowing that our Minneapolis acupuncture clinic uses only sterile, disposable needles (the thickness of a human hair) to assure that you will have a completely safe treatment. Our acupuncturist is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice and certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Is acupuncture painful?

Extremely fine needles (like a cat’s whisker) are inserted with minimal stimulation and are left in place for 5 to 30 minutes. Most clients are unaware of the needles. They rest comfortably and experience a deep relaxation, often drifting off to sleep and awaking rested and revitalized.

How many treatments will I need?

This depends on the severity and duration of each person’s condition. Some acute conditions may require only one treatment. In general, 5 to 15 treatments are adequate for the many of problems. Some chronic ailments require ongoing treatments. You can expect to have your health concern addressed in a direct and timely manner.

What should I wear for the treatment?

Wear loose, comfortable clothing that can be rolled up to your elbows or knees.

Do you have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?

Absolutely not. We treat many skeptics and their acupuncture treatments still work. Animals are treated with acupuncture and they don’t believe in acupuncture.

Do you offer Chinese herbs and nutritional supplements?

Yes, we have hundreds of Chinese herbal formulas and can even make custom herbal formulas for certain health problems. We also carry pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplements for specific health conditions.

Do you offer any additional holistic therapies?

Yes, ask for our Deluxe Session. This includes acupuncture followed by cupping, gua shaw, Chinese massage and/or Rapid Release Technology.  These all work great to relieve upper and lower back pain.

Do I have to have acupuncture to heal?

Maybe you are curious about acupuncture but hesitant about needles? Not to worry, we now have several non-needle techniques for those who are needle shy. This now includes laser acupuncture (which is non-insertive). Although acupuncture is the most powerful therapy, this is a great gentle alternative.