Escondido Acupuncture Center
Your Choice for Natural Healing

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FAQ's

Will the needles hurt?

 

Acupuncture needles are very fine, solid stainless steel, about the same diameter as a human hair.   Because of this very small size and the fact that they are inserted very gently, there is very little sensation if any noticed.  The needles used at Escondido Acupuncture Center are sterile and disposable for single use.  Needles are never reused. 


How many visits will I need?

 

Acupuncture works by increasing blood flow to heal the affected area, and by releasing the body’s own natural painkillers, endorphins, to alleviate pain.  Generally, a course of treatment may be comprised of 6-12 visits, 2-3 times weekly.  The treatments are spaced to maximize the healing effect and to control pain or other symptoms.  However, each patient’s care is individualized, and you may require more or less treatment depending on your condition.

 

How will I feel during the treatment?

 

While the acupuncture needles are inserted, the acupuncturist will be asking you about your response to the treatment, and how your symptoms are improving and or changing. This helps to ensure that the most effective points are selected for you.  Once the needles have been inserted, you will rest for 35-45 minutes. Patients report feeling very relaxed during and after their treatment.

 

What is Moxibustion?

 

Moxibustion is a technique that uses a heated herb (Moxa also known as Mugwort or artemesia), to warm the acupuncture point instead of using a needle. 

 

What is Cupping?

 

Cupping is a painless technique where cups are placed over an area to create suction.  The effect is to force blood to circulate in a specific area and it is an effective pain relieving technique.  A flame is quickly inserted and removed from a glass cup, which creates a vacuum.  The cup is quickly placed on the affected area and allowed to remain for 20-30 minutes.

 

 

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