Common Questions

Common Questions About Getting Stuck in Flagstaff.

Isn’t Acupuncture Some Superstitious Magic Medicine?

Nope. It’s not magic, though it seems like it is to a lot of our patients! Acupuncture is a time tested medicine that has been around for thousands of years. At one point, not that long ago it was the main and only medicine available in Asia. It works whether you believe in it or not.

How Does It Work?

The easiest way to explain it is that acupuncture points stimulate your nervous system to tell your brain to heal certain areas. MRIs have shown that certain acupuncture points stimulate very specific areas of the brain. We gently place very thin needles in specific places  that allow the body to relax and self regulate. Acupuncture activates the body’s natural healing mechanisms and triggers the same responses that would be activated after any illness or injury.

Wait, There Are Needles?!! Does it Hurt?

Not really. Most of our patients find the experience very relaxing and are able to fall asleep soon after the insertion of the needles. We use sterile, single use, disposable needles. These needles are very different from those used by your western medical practitioner when you get an injection. They are very fine and have a hair-like appearance.  After the initial poke most people describe the feeling as heavy, tingly, electric or nothing at all.

What Does The Treatment Room Look Like?

It’s quiet and comfy. Our clinic is a large  open space with clusters of comfy recliner chairs. Fountains, music and soft lighting are used as a backdrop to promote relaxation. In whispers we ask a few questions about what you are experiencing. We use points primarily on your hands, feet and scalp. We offer you a blanket while you rest.

How Long Is An Appointment?

You tell us, you’re in charge. Treatment time is about an hour, but some people stay longer. You can rest in your chair as long as you wish. After treatment most people feel refreshed and energized. Other people don’t feel anything until the next day. There is no right or wrong experience with your own healing.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

  • Chronic pain
  • Acute pain
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Women’s health
  • Fertility
  • Diabetes
  • Headache & migraines
  • Post-stroke syndromes
  • Insomnia & depression
  • Hypertension
  • Digestive disorders
  • Cancer management
  • Allergies & asthma
  • Colds & influenza
  • Immune system disorders
  • Smoking cessation
  • Other Addictions
    and more – ask us!

What Does It Cost?

This is our favorite part. Treatments are based on a sliding scale that is affordable to you. The cost ranges in price from $15 to $35. There is an initial, one-time paperwork fee of $10 for first time visits. You decide what you feel comfortable paying. We don’t take insurance, but can offer you receipts. We accept cash, checks or credit. Gift certificates are available! Ask the front desk for a “Frequent Recliner” card and get your 11th visit FREE!

Do You Prescribe Herbs?

Yes! Herbal medicine is an intrinsic part of Oriental Medicine. For some conditions, herbal formulas are a very important part of your treatment. We mostly prescribe patent (pre-made) herbal formulas that have been quality tested for safety.