Common Questions About Getting Stuck in Flagstaff.
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What do I need to know for my first visit?
Please visit our first-timers page. It has a great 7 minute orientation video and a lot more FAQ’s.
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. White noise, 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 arms, hands, legs, feet and scalp. We offer you a blanket while you rest.
How Long Is An Appointment?
It can vary. At the first appointment we will probably chat a little longer, The usual treatment lasts about 45 minutes, but some people stay an hour or so. If you have somewhere to be please let the acupuncturist know what time to wake you up. Needles can be left in for as little as 20 minutes and you will still get good results. 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
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Women’s health
- Headache & migraines
- Post-stroke syndromes
- Insomnia & depression
- 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. 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! Have a look at our pricing page to see current pricing and services.
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.