Acupuncture Marin: Do you have questions?  We have the answers.

Can acupuncture help you? Our answer is yes because it will always improve your body’s overall function and balance. We have witnessed amazing changes in our patients’ lives. It’s our goal to do such a great job that you refer everyone you know to us! We want your experience to be beneficial and healing. If Dr. White doesn’t think acupuncture isn’t a viable solution for your issue, she will let you know.

Does it hurt? The needles that are used are very small, the size of a hair. Your treatment will be gentle. Most patients feel very relaxed and even fall asleep during their treatments. If you have a condition that would benefit from a stronger technique we will always discuss it with you beforehand. If you feel any pain sensation it can sometimes happen for a split second when the needle is inserted but that goes away very quickly. Most patients feel a heaviness near the needles and a tingling in the areas around them. Some patients feel the energy in their bodies moving throughout the entire treatment. You might hear your stomach rumble or make gurgling noises as the energy moves throughout your body. You will feel good after your treatment.  Some patients feel relaxed after the treatment while patients will feel energized.

How does acupuncture work? There is a lot of research going on in China and other countries right now to prove to the Western world how it works. When the body is showing disease (dis-ease) we can find an underlying imbalance. We know a few mechanisms in the body by which it works. We will give brief explanations here and there are articles in the office and here on this website if you would like to read more. It signals the excitation or inhibition of neurotransmitters depending on what is required from the body to regain homeostasis, or overall health and balance. It can re-establish correct communication between the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus to balance hormone levels. It signals vasodilatation to assist blood flow into tissues for better healing results. It increases white blood cell counts which keep you from getting sick and help fight off illness. It modulates the central and peripheral nervous systems, neuroendocrine and endocrine systems, and metabolism. It also assists in alleviating depression, anxiety and stress.

Are the needles safe? Yes. We use FDA approved, single use, disposable acupuncture needles. We use them only for your visit and dispose of them afterwards in a safe container.