Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the most common frequently asked questions about acupuncture…

Can Acupuncture Help My Condition?

We are not exaggerating when we say there are hundreds of conditions, disorders and diseases that acupuncture can effectively treat. Unfortunately, due to the fact that all conditions are unique and specific to the individual, there is no clean-cut answer whether your specific condition will benefit from acupuncture treatments. In order to find out if your specific condition is treatable through acupuncture, you will need to have a complete acupuncture exam done by a certified and experienced practitioner. He or she will be able to determine and diagnose the underlying causes of your condition based on your symptoms and unique medical history. The practitioner will then be able to tailor a treatment to the uniqueness of your condition. He or she will also be able to recommend if you would benefit from another alternative treatment such as cupping or moxibustion, as well. Please click here for a list of conditions treatable by acupuncture.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

In the majority of cases, people have reported feeling a quick pinch, pressure, tingling, or heaviness in an arm or leg. If you do experience any pain at all, the pain subsides as quickly as it came about. While this may be a scary thought, the pain is actually a good sign. Feeling pain during acupuncture simply means that the acupuncture is working. Pain is our body’s way of alerting us something is happening. When pain is felt, it is a result a channel becoming unblocked, allowing the Qi to flow freely through it. It is normal to be nervous about your first session, however once the session is underway, many patients feel very relaxed and even fall asleep.

Are There Other Forms Of Treatment Besides Needle Insertion?

Yes. There are several alternative treatments to relieve your symptoms and treat your condition. Your practitioner may use their hands to put pressure on particular acupuncture points. They may also use a variety of mechanical devices like a jar, for example, to stimulate affected areas, as well as, warming the desired area by burning herbs. To view a list of different treatment options available, please click here.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. A licensed Acupuncturist uses sterilized needles, which are properly disposed of in accordance with health regulations. To learn more about the setup of an acupuncturist’s treatment room, please visit our acupuncture page by clicking here.

How Many Sessions Do I Need?

Most conditions require between 6 and 10 sessions to effectively treat or alleviate a problem. However, this is only an average and varies based upon your symptoms, concerns, condition, and severity of your condition. Some conditions like neck pain may only require one session while other chronic conditions require extended treatment. When you visit a clinic for your initial examination, your acupuncturist will evaluate your condition and be able to tailor a treatment plan with the approximate amount of sessions that are right for you.

How Should I Prepare For My Session?

Wear loose clothing to allow access to acupuncture points. Have a light meal or snack shortly before your treatment. Acupuncture treatments are relaxing and often leave a patient in a state of peace and calm so you may want to take into consideration your plans before and after your session. Certain treatments, including those used in combination with cupping, may require you to walk around following your treatment so make sure to inquire about any post-session requirements when you call to schedule your appointment.

What Training Is Required to Practice Acupuncture?

A licensed acupuncturist must complete rigorous education requirements. These requirements differ from state to state, however, obtaining a license generally takes three to four years of extensive study followed by at least a one-year internship. Most states also require certification with the NAACOM or The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. This certification ensures your acupuncturist upholds the strictest guidelines and meets strict national standards when practicing acupuncture.  She has done extensive coursework in Functional Medicine and science-based nutrition.  Dr. Bennett holds a master’s in oriental medicine and acupuncture. Dr. Bennett is in an elite group of Acupuncturists having two national credentials and a California license, plus also a Ph.D.



inside Bennett acupuncture pic