About Acupuncture



What is Acupuncture?

How does Acupuncture work?

FAQ about Acupuncture

FAQ about Acupuncture


  • Do Acupuncture needles spread disease?
    No!  There is no risk. Sterile, disposable needles are used and thrown out after each treatment and universal precautions are followed to prevent the  transfer of AIDS, hepatitis, and all other viral and infectious diseases.

  • Is Acupuncture safe?
    One of the great advantages of acupuncture is the absence of serious side effects. Needles generally cause no bleeding on entry or removal, and only the one time disposable types are used. There is minimal risk of organ or blood vessel penetration.

  • Is Acupuncture painful?
    Acupuncture is not painful.  Many people fall asleep while the needles are in and wake up feeling relaxed and refreshed. 

  • What should I expect at my first visit?
    At the acupuncture & oriental medicine department of Good Day Total Health Clinic, a patient’s initial visit begins with a thorough review of one’s personal history, including past medical history and current maladies. Oriental Medicine methods of diagnosis include reading (taking) your pulse, examining your tongue, and palpating for tenderness on the abdomen and at various acupuncture points.  .  At our clinic, we may use an advanced computerized meridian tester for the further detail data if necessary. As an experienced practitioner, It is important for us to address both your general constitution (the root), and the acute signs and symptoms (the branch).  The basis of acupuncture is to build the body’s own immune system so disease is prevented.  Prevention is always the best medicine.

  • What should I expect during treatment?
    Most patients find the treatment very relaxing, which brings on a feeling of well-being. Most are surprised at how comfortable they are during treatment and how easily the needles are placed. Some people even go to sleep during treatment. A patient may feel a slight sensation upon entry and then pressure or a "dull" or "surging" reaction when the needle reaches the "chi" or correct point. Rest assured, the needles are far different from the hypodermic needles used in giving injections. The tiny thin needles are specifically designed to be virtually painless.

  • Is there anything I should do to prepare for a treatment?
    Please make sure to eat something small before your treatment.  Acupuncture is a regulating modality and can lower blood sugar.  Please refrain from drinking coffee or alcohol before your treatment.

  • Is there anything I should do after a treatment?
    Relax and enjoy!  Give yourself time for the treatment to integrate into your body by refraining from exercise and highly physical activities for at least two hours.

  • Does it really work?
    As the popularity of acupuncture grows, more Western, allopathic studies are being done.  Recent studies involving the use of traditional acupuncture points versus sham (acupuncture points which do not treat the issue at hand) acupuncture to treat visual issues.  These tests were performed under functional MRI.  The results show when the points corresponding to vision are needled, the visual cortex in the brain lights up as opposed to sham acupuncture point stimulation, which elicited no response. Acupuncture has a hormone regulating affect and stimulates several axis involved in brain function. 

  • How many treatments will I need?
    The number of treatments needed differs from person to person and case to case.  After your first visit, The Doctor can give you an idea of how long you might expect to be treating.   For complex or long-standing conditions, one to three treatments a week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, and for a health maintenance program, which can prevent and promote health, and add to the longevity as well as the vitality of the body with regular "tune-ups", only couple of sessions a year may be all that is necessary.
    Depending on patient’s condition, non-needle techniques, such as heat treatment (called moxibustion), acupressure, cupping and herbal medicine may be prescribed along with acupuncture.  Especially in cases that oriental herbal prescriptions providing essential nutrients, with tremendous healing and rebuilding potential replace acupuncture treatments, only a few treatment visits may be necessary.

  • What criteria should you use to choose your acupuncturist?
    In Virginia, acupuncture is a licensed and regulated healthcare profession. 
    Make sure your practitioner is licensed or certified to practice acupuncture.  Ask if he/she is Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) or State Board Certified to practice acupuncture with another health care doctorate degree.