Acupuncture FAQ’s


How can I get the most from my Acupuncture treatment?

     Think about what is the top priority you want addressed, or what would you would like to focus on. Other ailments will be treated at the same time where at all possible, so please mention anything that is of concern to you, including if you have any apprehension around your treatment. 

     Listen to your body, mind, and intuition, no one knows you better than you. It is best to arrive for your treatment unhurried, not hungry, thirsty nor full from food. After your treatment, relax the rest of your day, it is best to not socialize, it is ideal to meditate, listen to your feelings and see what else you can sense. You may need to go to bed earlier; people generally will sleep well for the next couple of nights.


Does Acupuncture hurt?

     This is the number one question most first timers have. Usually people don't feel any discomfort whatsoever but occasionally a point will be felt like a mild pin prick. I am very gentle and use the smallest and best quality stainless steel needles available to ensure your utmost comfort. A hypodermic needle is a hollow needle, acupuncture needles on the other hand are not hollow, their gage is so small that I could fit one of my acupuncture needles inside of the very smallest hypodermic needle, this accounts for the big difference in sensation between the two types of needle.                            

     My intention is to reduce your anxiety. I believe comfort and care are just as important as knowledge and skill. Needle sensation depends largely on the practitioner and the style of acupuncture used.

     If you are in pain, please hold the perspective of comparing how much pain you are in to the sensation of a mild pin prick that will pass in a very short amount of time and that you might not even feel. Other sensation's that are not sharp feeling during a session is actually energy; this is commonly felt as pleasant, warm, cool, movement, itching, tingling, aching, or heaviness.

     I do appreciate that acupuncture is an invasive treatment, and I hope you don’t let beliefs and low vibration emotion deter you from getting help. I have the intention of being as gentle as possible, and have the utmost respect for your body temple. 

     I offer Intuitive Acupuncture which is an alternative to needles for Group, In-Person and of course Distance sessions.


How many treatments will I need?

   I am happy to say that most people see an improvement of their symptoms in the first treatment for all modalities offered. Combining Acupuncture with Theta Healing speeds the rate at which people notice transformation and change. 

     With Spiritual Acupuncture it largely depends on what you are wanting to achieve and what you are capable of, each person's spiritual journey and goal is unique, some people want a slight improvement others are on a journey to the enlightened or Buddha consciousness. The more sessions you get the easier it is to maintain the higher frequencies as your natural state, the more information can be integrated into your being and the more transformational change takes place. It ranges from one session, preferably once a week for several weeks, or once monthly sessions over a year. 

 The number of TCM treatments required will depend on the nature of the complaint, its severity, how long it has been present, and the individual. For a stubborn physical disorder, I recommended that at least six treatments are taken before deciding wether acupuncture is beneficial or not. The average number of treatments needed for complete recovery using only regular TCM acupuncture is eight to ten treatments, the average number using TCM combined with Theta Healing is four to five treatments. Two treatments are recommended after the symptoms have completely disappeared, to help ensure the condition doesn't return.


Is Acupuncture safe?

   In BC the profession is regulated by the governing body CTCMA (The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists), Registered Acupuncturists have passed the criteria set out by CTCMA. I have had five years of training and passed examination on the safe implementation of this modality, which includes the depth and angle for each acupuncture point, as well as education in anatomy and the effective usage of the standard 359 acupuncture body points as well as points and usage of other acupoints and their systems. Acupuncture uses very fine, sterile needles; once used, they are put into a sharps container and then safely disposed of.  


Can I have no-needle acupuncture?   

     Yes, the acupuncture points can be stimulated effectively without a needle. I do this by stimulating acupoints intuitively, clients have reported being able to see, sense, and feel the needles within their bodies and even have the same sensations and usual effects they experience with physical needles. Most of my Distance one-on-one sessions include Intuitive Acupuncture.


What is acupuncture? Western and Eastern explanations of TCM acupuncture;

     TCM healthcare concepts are based on an energetic model rather than on the biochemical model of Western medicine. At this time the Western medical explanation for "dis-ease" is limited to the tangible physical third-dimensional way of thinking rather than an "invisible" energetic way of thinking as with Eastern modalities.

     From a Western medical perspective, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the brain before and after acupuncture treatment for pain shows dramatic decreases in brain activity, up to 70%. This decrease in brain activity in certain areas of the brain is thought to be the reason for the reduction of pain. Chinese Medicine however explains that Qi (energy) is moved when an acupuncture needles is inserted into the body and the pain has been reduced because the Qi and Blood is no longer stagnated, because the energy is flowing in the body properly the mind and emotions become calm, therefore a result of soothed Qi is a reduction in brain activity.

     Western Medicine thinking explains the euphoric sensation which is often felt after a treatment, which may be called an acupuncture "high", as the result of dopamine and beta-endorphin chemicals that are released in what could be termed as pleasure centres of the brain. Acupuncture is widely accepted as helping millions of people overcome emotional, mental, and physical symptoms, such as anxiety, stress, depression, and pain, Western Medicine suggests that the regulation of brain chemicals is an important factor in explaining this. I explain it as a person vibrating at a higher frequency, because we are multidimensional the physical body is affected and will release more dopamine and beta-endorphins as well as DMT, changing vibrational frequency changes. Either way I recommended you enjoy and attempt to maintain this lighter and calmer feeling for as long as you can because it is a part of the benefits of the treatment. 
     The TCM perspective explains that there are twelve main energy pathways (meridians) in the human body, which can be seen and sensed by some people. Most of the Acupoints (Acupuncture points) are on these pathways and when stimulated they can correct and release conditions of imbalance, move obstructions, tonify deficiencies (for example strengthen Qi), and sedate excesses (for example, clear an excess amount of dampness that may be trapped in the body). 
     TCM uses a Five Element system of thinking which classifies all natural phenomena in nature and how they are connected to each other.  Under this system, the human body has five main organs (liver, heart, spleen, lungs, and kidneys), and five partner organs (gallbladder, small intestine, stomach, large intestine, and bladder), each organ is interconnected and interacts with each other aswell as all natural phenomena. When one organ falls out of balance in this system health issues will arise. My TCM treatment plan seeks to rebalance these organ relationships to restore harmony.