GRD Acupuncture

Flagstaff, AZ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q What conditions can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is useful in treating the following acute and chronic disorders:
Back pain
Bell's Palsy
Carpal tunnel
Chronic fatigue
Common cold and flu
Dental pain
Digestive disturbances
Foot pain
High blood pressure
Joint pain
Low energy
Menstrual problems
Muscle strain
Neck pain
Preventative health care
Sinus problems
Shoulder pain
Shortness of Breath
Stomach pain
Tennis elbow
Q Can acupuncture relieve pain?
Yes, acupuncture can be very effective in relieving many types of pain. These include back pain, neck and shoulder pain, knee pain, Carpal tunnel, TMJ, headaches, stomach pain, toothache, and joint pain to name a few.
Q How can a woman benefit from acupuncture?
Acupuncture and Herbs can relieve symptoms associated with PMS such as irritability, mental depression, fatigue, water retention, breast pain and lower abdominal pain. It is also effective in treating infertility, symptoms of menopause, menstrual related disorders, and postpartum recovery.
Q Does acupuncture hurt?
You may feel a dull ache, or tingling sensation when the needle is stimulated. Most insertions are done using the "Japanese style" which is very shallow. Acupuncture is generally a relaxing, pleasant experience.
Q What can I expect during my treatment?
First you will be asked about your Main Complaint, why you are seeking treatment. Next, your practitioner will ask questions about your past and present medical history. There will be a physical exam including taking the pulses, observing the tongue, palpating the abdomen and possibly various areas of the body for tenderness. After carefully evaluating your personal condition, one or several of the following techniques will be used:
Needles: Ultra thin, sterile, disposable needles will be inserted into specific acupuncture points.
Moxibustion: "Moxa" is an herb from the Artemisia family which is rolled into sticks or cones and burned to warm the needle or skin gently. This aromatic herb creates a sensation which is warm and relaxing.
Massage: Light massage is sometimes implemented before the insertion of needles in order to aid relaxation and the movement of Qi.
Cold laser: The use of a laser is a gentle way to stimulate qi without the use of needles.
Electrical Stimulation: Very low level electrical current may be applied to the needle to enhance point stimulation for the relief of pain.
Cupping: Gentle suction applied to a specific area to stimulate circulation.
Nutritional Counseling: Dietary suggestions are often given to help the patient achieve balance and healing.
Herbs: Herbs are prescribed as an intrinsic aspect of Oriental Medicine. They are prescribed to reduce acute conditions or as a dietary supplement to build and tonify.
Q How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed will vary from person to person. Acute disorders can usually be treated successfully within a few treatments. If you have had a problem for many years it will take longer to restore health.
Q Are there risks or side effects to acupuncture?
There are some mild risks to acupuncture treatment including but not limited to bruising of the skin and/or slight bleeding. The risk of infection is small when all needles are sterile. Needles are considered sterile when they are disposable. The use of moxa presents the possibility of minor burns to the skin or tiny blisters. Every attempt is taken to avoid this and it rarely happens. Occasionally, symptoms can become worse after treatment. These symptoms will almost always improve and balance out within a couple of days. This condition is called "healing crisis." Every licensed acupuncturist must pass an exam in Clean Needle Technique.
Q What do the initials after the acupuncturist's name stand for?
L. Ac. (AZ)
M. S.
Licensed Acupuncturist, Arizona
Master of Science
Master of Science, Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
Doctor of Oriental Medicine, New Mexico
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine