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Acupuncture FAQs

imageGeneral Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

As a traditional eastern medicine therapy, acupuncture involves the placement of extremely fine needles into specific points throughout the body. The treatment facilitates the body’s natural flow of energy to improve functioning and promote healing.


How Does it Work?

In acupuncture, the needles enter the body to relieve bundled qi and free up blocked energy. This helps the circulation of qi as well as the general balance and wellbeing of the body. During the process, one may feel a cold, clammy or puffy feeling in the area impacted by the needle, but these sensations actually will turn to refresh the area afterwards. Even very sensitive areas such as the hands and feet, when treated professionally, will feel very minimal pain upon impact.

The administration of needles is in fact a skill and an art, and truly skillful practitioners know how to do their job without causing a lot of pain. Many people are also afraid of damaging an organ, but because needles aren’t fatal weapons such as spears, it is impossible for an acupuncturist to kill someone using the small tool. 

Another main concern that people have regarding needles is of sanitation and the prospect of infection. In modern day acupuncture, all needles are one-time use only, and discarded safely after a single use, making the practice one safe and sanitary. 

Does treatment hurt?

To be frank, nobody actually enjoys getting pricked with needles. In fact, many are quite afraid of just getting shots at the doctor or getting paper cuts, needless to say getting tiny sharp rods upon their skin. However, it is not true that acupuncture is only effective when painful, or that the needles used are tearing the surface of the skin. If an acupuncture needle is inserted correctly you should feel, at most, a very minimal sensation as it passes through the skin. It is nothing like getting an injection, and the needles are only slightly thicker then a hair. Later, you may experience a heavy sensation around the insertion sites, which is completely normal. Unlike sewing needles or thumbtacks which can prick and rip the skin, acupuncture needles are actually rounded at the tip. Therefore, the insertion upon the body can be done with minimal or even nonexistent pain. Most patients find that acupuncture is a relaxing experience.

When will I start seeing results?

For some conditions, such as back pain or headaches, improvement is typically experienced after the initial treatment. Other conditions require 4 to 6 treatments before significant improvement is noticeable. During your first visit to Hollander Acupuncture in New York, our licensed acupuncturist will review your specific health concerns, the benefits of acupuncture, and treatment expectimageations with you in more detail.

What are the herbs? How do they work?

Korean/Chinese medical herbology is another aspect of traditional eastern medicine that is commonly used in conjunction with acupuncture for improved results. Unlike many conventional medicines, the herbs are a natural treatment option with little to no side effects. Based on your individual needs, a combination of herbs may be recommended to treat specific conditions or to improve overall health.

Will my problem return if I stop treatments?

Certain types of chronic conditions, often where there is degeneration, may return without occasional maintenance treatments. Problems that are triggered by stress, or emotional causes, can also resurface if those triggers are stimulated. Maintenance treatments keep the improvements going, and are spaced out according to each person's unique needs.

What if I feel worse after treatment?

Although uncommon, a certain amount of people may feel a slight increase of their symptoms, several hours to one day after an initial treatment. This is a sign that the body is detoxifying. To aid this process, drink a lot of water and allow the day to pass. The following day will usually show a marked improvement.

Infertility and Acupuncture

How does acupuncture help treat infertility problems?

Acupuncture and herbs can be used to treat a variety of common conditions related to infertility. These treatment methods work by improving the circulation of blood and energy throughout the body, regulating the hormonal system, and improving function of the reproductive organs. Our experienced acupuncturist can develop an individualized treatment plan to address hormonal imbalances, menstrual irregularities, endometriosis, poor egg quality, and more.

Can acupuncture be combined with IVF or IUI?

Acupuncture is frequently combined with conventional fertility  procedimageures such as IVF and IUI. Treatment can reduce the side effects from  medications, relieve stress, increase blood flow to the uterus, improve ovary  function, and enhance overall wellness. Studies have shown that using  acupuncture and herbal medicine throughout the cycle can improve IVF success  rates by as much as 60%. After the procedure, acupuncture can also be used to  help prevent miscarriages.

When should I start treatment?

Women seeking acupuncture to treat infertility problems should contact a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in fertility enhancement as early as possible. To maximize results, acupuncture and Korean/Chinese herbal medicine require consistent treatment over a period of at least 3 months.

What about male infertility?

Although acupuncture is most commonly sought by women, it can  also be used to successfully treat many causes of male factor infertility,  including low sperm count, reduced sperm motility, and low levels of normal  morphology. As with female infertility, acupuncture is most effective if  treatment is started early and continued for at least 3 months.