More and more people are visiting an acupuncturist in San Francisco for the first time. We’re certainly seeing more newcomers here at Anchor Acupuncture and Wellness! Maybe they’ve been trying traditional western medicine, and it hasn’t helped. Maybe they’re concerned about the growing over-reliance on artificial pharmaceutical “solutions” to bodily problems. Maybe they’re just looking for something more simple and natural.
Whatever their reason for visiting, we hear a lot of the same questions about acupuncture. So, we wanted to quickly address some of the most common.
Answers to Common Acupuncture Questions from an Acupuncturist in San Francisco
- Does acupuncture hurt?
We, of course, hear this most of all and the answer is: Not really. The needles used in acupuncture are so thin that the body barely even feels them. What you do feel is more like a soft pinch, or a bit of pressure. Once the first couple needles are in, our patients usually find it extremely relaxing – or even go to sleep!
- Is acupuncture safe?
Absolutely! As long as you’re receiving your acupuncture from a trained and licensed specialist, complications are extremely rare – much less so than in many western medical practices. Again, since the needles are so incredibly thin, the most common side effect is a small bruise, and even that is infrequent.
- What can acupuncture treat?
Here at Anchor Acupuncture, we specialize in women’s fertility – one of the most popular areas of acupuncture treatment. However, we can also help treat a wide variety of conditions, from low immunity and digestive issues to depression and fatigue. But, of course, each case is different and acupuncture isn’t going to be right for every condition. It’s best to schedule a consultation to see if acupuncture is a good option.
- Does acupuncture work in one session?
Acupuncture works best cumulatively over time, like physical therapy. So although you may well start feeling better after one session, for lasting change, a course of treatment to be around 6-12 sessions.
- Do I need to do anything before the session?
Not much. It’s best to wear loose-fitting clothes, and make sure you’ve eaten. Avoid alcohol or a large amount of caffeine prior to the session.
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We offer top acupuncture services in San Francisco – please contact us with any other questions you might have!