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Do acupuncture needles hurt?

Most people barely feel a thing when needles are inserted. Some people feel a slight pinch, and others ask “Is it in yet?” Acupuncture needles are solid, flexible, and very, very thin (about the width of two hairs). There are certain sensations associated with the therapeutic effects of acupuncture. These may include slight cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling or electric sensation traveling along a meridian. If any discomfort is experienced, it is usually mild and temporary.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is widely acknowledged as one of the safest forms of medicine. Acupuncturists undergo extensive training and are regulated by the individual states’ medical board.

One of the greatest advantages of acupuncture is that it has virtually no side effects. When compared to the laundry list of cautions and side effects for the average pharmaceutical drug, acupuncture is very low risk!

How does acupuncture work?

In Chinese medical theory, acupuncture works by balancing the body’s Qi. Qi can be described as our vital force, a form of bio-energy, that runs along the body’s meridians, or pathways. If Qi gets blocked, it may result as an imbalance or disease. Chinese medical theory allows us to diagnose and treat the imbalance.

In Western medical theory, acupuncture appears to work by stimulating parts of the brain. It also stimulates the body to release natural biomolecules such as neurotransmitters, vasodilators, and hormones. The exact mechanisms which brings this about are unknown, but the effects are measurable.

What can acupuncture treat? 

Acupuncture is recognized by leading national and international health organizations to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below are just some of the health concerns that acupuncture can help with:

  • Anxiety
  • Cancer pain
  • Facial pain
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Knee pain
  • Low back pain
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Sore throat
  • Stiff neck
  • Stress
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tobacco dependence

What to expect during and after a treatment?

Appointments are one hour long. I will ask you questions in order to assess the condition you are seeking treatment for, and which treatment is best. I offer private sessions that may include placing needles along the extremities, ears, head, hands and feet. Depending on the issue, I may perform cupping on along the major muscle groups of the back to relieve soreness, tightness, or generalized pain. Cupping may marks on the site, but these marks do go away over the course of a few days. Loose, comfortable clothing should be worn in order for points to be easily located and treated.

A few items about acupuncture treatments:

  • Acupuncture involves stimulating specific points on the body.
  • This is most often done by inserting thin needles through the skin, to cause a change in the physical functions of the body.
  • The following is a list of mechanisms that have been identified so far:
  • Acupuncture promotes blood flow.
  • Acupuncture stimulates the body’s built-in healing mechanisms.
  • Acupuncture releases natural painkillers.
  • Acupuncture reduces both the intensity and perception of chronic pain.
  • Acupuncture relaxes shortened muscles.
  • Acupuncture reduces stress.

Do you accept insurance?

No. If your insurance does pay for acupuncture and you require a receipt, one will be provided to you.





215 Center Park Drive, Suite 200,
Knoxville, TN 37922

(865) 771-0350

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