What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. The sensation a patient feels from the needles vary from person to person, but generally needle insertions are not painful.  Patients often describe a heavy, warm, or tingling sensation when they are resting with their needles.  Most patients report a state of deep relaxation and an overall sense of well being during and after a treatment. 

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more then one treatment is necessary.  Every patient is different and everybody responds at a different rate. At your initial consultation, a treatment plan will be designed for you based on your symptoms and overall constitution. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes. Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year. According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture treatments are considered safe if performed by a licensed acupuncturist. Licensed acupuncturists in the state of Texas are required to have a M.A.O.M (Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) and pass comprehensive national board examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). As required by law, pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles are used to ensure your complete safety.  Before you visit any acupuncturist, make sure they are licensed by visiting www. NCCAOM.org.

Your First Visit?

The initial visit includes a full medical intake and health history as well as a comprehensive Chinese medical examination of the tongue and pulse.  All of the information is used to formulate a customized treatment plan for you.  An acupuncture treatment is included in the initial visit. Chinese herbal formula recommendations and basic nutritional advice may be addressed at this time as well.  Other therapies such as moxibustion, heat therapy and cupping may be incorporated to augment the acupuncture treatment.  Please allow 90 minutes for your first visit and 60 minutes for follow-up visits.

Is Acupuncture Compatible With Other Forms of Health Care? 

Absolutely!  Traditional Chinese Medicine is unique in that it easily integrates with all forms of medicine.  In fact, recently many hospitals and clinics have been combining Eastern and Western medical systems to form "Integrative Medicine".

 What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture works by activating the body's own healing powers, so it can be beneficial for many health conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Below are some common conditions that can be treated, but please feel free to contact me about your specific health condition.

Pain

  • Sports injuries
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Leg, ankle and foot pain, arm, wrist and hand pain
  • Knee and Hip pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis elbow 
  • Sciatica                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Muscle pain
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Jaw pain (TMJ) and Dental pain
  • Osteoarthritis and Tendonitis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Postoperative pain

Digestive Issues

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Heartburn, Acid Reflux
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic indigestion
  • Chronic loose stools or constipation
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Morning sickness

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Respiratory Issues

  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies
  • Asthma

Women's Health

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Dysmenorrhea (Menstrual cramps and pain)
  • Irregular periods
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Fertility issues
  • Increased efficacy of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

Other Conditions

  •  Hypertension
  •  Vertigo
  •  Tinnitus
  •  Obesity
  •  Smoking cessation
  •  Shingles
  •  Bell's palsy
  •  Post stroke recovery
  •  Incontinence

JoNell Norcini,L.Ac. 10330-D Lake Road
Houston, Texas 77070

By Appointment Only
(713) 825-1636

CypressAreaAcupuncture@gmail.com

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