What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one aspect of the Traditional Chinese medical system that helps the body to re-establish balance and health. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterile needles shallowly into the body at specific anatomical locations to effect change. Please learn more here!


Is acupuncture safe?

Yes, acupuncture is a safe and effective medical practice. I am a fully trained and licensed practitioner and take great care to ensure the safety and wellbeing of my patients. I use sterilized, single-use needles and dispose of them properly after use.


Does acupuncture hurt?

While the thought of needles instills fear in many people, there is nothing to fear with acupuncture. We use very tiny, sterile needles that are special for use by acupuncturists. They are so small that you can fit several into the tip of a typical hypodermic needle! Acupuncture can feel different to different people. Upon insertion, most people do not feel anything or feel only a slight sensation, tingling, or warmth. My needling technique is delicate and gentle, I can see amazing results without necessarily using a strong stimulation, so expect to lay back and relax!


Does acupuncture work?

It is no doubt that I am a huge supporter of this medical system – not only has it been helping people for over 3000 years, but it has changed my own life as well. I do, however, place huge importance on research and evidence-based medicine.
Research shows that acupuncture can be used to help with a wide range of conditions. Because acupuncture treats the individual, these condition vary from musculoskeletal and digestive issues to emotional wellness, stress, reproductive and gynecological concerns, and other internal conditions.
For more information on the research behind acupuncture, please read more here or visit Evidence Based Acupuncture for more information.


Does my treatment have to include needle insertion?

There are several other forms of therapy within the Chinese medicine framework including acupressure, massage, cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, and dietary recommendations. Depending on your circumstances, different techniques may be used to address your concerns. If you prefer to not use needles during your treatment, there are many other techniques we can use.


Should I do anything different on a day I have had acupuncture?

Make sure to eat a little something before your visit.
It is best to not exercise immediately after your appointment. I also recommend avoid alcohol on days you are having an acupuncture treatment.
Try to spend acupuncture days resting and taking it easy overall. Take some time to do a little something for yourself, self-care is so important! Lastly, remember to drink lots of water as well.


How many sessions do I need?

This answer will vary with each person. Most issues will require at least a few treatments for an effective result. Some stubborn or chronic cases will need more frequent treatment and maintenance care for lasting relief. Acupuncture works to fix the root issues, which can take more dedication than simply applying “bandaids” to the problem. Read more here about how we build a treatment plan.


What should I wear to my appointment?

Loose clothing that allows me to access different areas of the body (legs, arms, back, abdomen) easily is best.


What training do acupuncturists need?

Acupuncturists often undergo 4-5 years of graduate level education and clinical experience to become licensed to practice. Because I was educated first in Israel, then Australia, I had the chance to reinforce this training and gain more knowledge. I therefore provide highly trained, knowledgeable care. As a board-certified acupuncturist, I also take part in annual continuing education to keep furthering my skills.


How long does a treatment last?

A typical session at Earth Element lasts 45min-1hour. The first visit can take a little longer (1-1.5 hours) as we go over all your health history and talk in depth about your health goals.


How will I feel after my session?

Most people enjoy a light nap during their session, which means you could feel a little sleepy, rested, or floaty afterwards. Others may feel energized by the treatment, which is also a normal response. During an acupuncture session, the body will adapt to whatever it needs – listenning to your body and following how you feel is very important in the next few days after a treatment.


Who can have acupuncture?

Acupuncture is suitable for most individuals of any age. However, discuss with your acupuncturist all the treatments and medicine you are taking. It is important to mention in your initial health consultation if you are pregnant, have a peacemaker, have any implants or at a risk for infection.


What if I need to cancel my appointment?

As a courtesy to my other clients and to me, please notify me 24 hours in advance if you cannot keep your appointment.

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