Frequently Asked Questions
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
Please see our treatments page for a list of specific conditions. Each condition is linked to a page where you will find complete information on acupuncture for a specific pain or illness. There you will find patient testimonials, research, and useful information about your unique health concern.
What Is A Treatment Like?
Please see our Acupuncture page under the Services tab for a complete description of an acupuncture treatment session at Inner Light Wellness.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Most of my patients report noticeable changes within the first 5 visits. Pain relief is fastest, followed by allergy relief, digestive symptoms, headaches, and insomnia. Permanent relief from more chronic conditions such as allergies, reflux, and depression take a few more visits but even these respond favorably to acupuncture treatment.
Pain or New Symptoms
For recent symptoms, especially those involving pain, 5-10 acupuncture treatments usually provides complete relief. People with ongoing severe pain or other chronic conditions require a 6-8 week treatment protocol consisting of up to 10-15 treatments for best results.
Allergies, Digestive Problems and Other Chronic Symptoms
Allergy and digestive symptoms are chronic problems that most people have had for years. Significant symptom relief is most often found within the first 5 visits. A round of allergy treatment is usually 10-15 acupuncture treatments over a 6-8 week period. The majority of my patients with seasonal allergies who have received one round of treatment report that their symptoms have not returned.
For those few people whose allergy symptoms do return, symptoms are much milder the following season. Another round of treatment – but this time requiring fewer treatments – usually relieves them for good! For other chronic conditions such as reflux, insomnia, or anxiety the same protocol applies but these conditions usually do not require a second round of treatment.
Treatment frequency for most conditions is twice a week until symptoms are gone between visits. Once you are symptom free between visits, we lengthen the treatment interval to one week. When you are out of symptom between visits at the one week interval, we try two weeks, then one month. If you are symptom free for one month, you are discharged for that symptom. If it ever flares up again, come in right away and you will only need a few visits.
The Sooner the Better!
The earlier you get treated, the less number of acupuncture treatments you will need. However, if you have been suffering for awhile with your symptoms, don’t fret, acupuncture can be very effective at relieving even the most stubborn issues!
When you are ready to schedule your first appointment, use the New Patients button in the top menu. Here you will find information about prices, the office location and the intake process. We’ve done our best to make your entire healing experience as easy and quick as possible.