Is Traditional Chinese Medicine effective?

Although the practice of TCM is relatively new to the West, it has been used in Asia for thousands of years. Acupuncture is the oldest continuously practiced medical system in the world and is the primary health care system for a third of the world's population. Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have evaluated scientific research and clinical trials of acupuncture and found it to be effective for a wide range of conditions.

Are acupuncture and herbal medicine safe?

Acupuncture and herbal medicine, when administered by a licensed acupuncturist, are extremely safe ways to treat a variety of illnesses and prevent diseases. Acupuncture is non-toxic with little or no side-effects. When you receive acupuncture treatments at SUN Therapeutics, we use only pre-sterilized needles and discard them after single use. There is almost no chance of infection.

Herbal medicine is generally very safe. However, extra attention is always advised; we will provide you with a list of do's and don't's specific to your condition. We only use the highest quality of herbs to ensure effectiveness and safety. 

Will acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are extremely thin, and the insertion is virtually painless for most patients. Patients may feel nothing, heaviness, distention, a dull ache, soreness, warmth and/or a tingling sensation. While the treatment may sometimes feel uncomfortable, it will rarely, if ever, produce pain. However, each person experiences acupuncture treatment differently. Do not hesitate to voice any concerns or reservations you may have before or during your treatment. Your comfort is important to us. 

What can I expect during the treatment?

After selecting the acupuncture points, the skin will be cleaned with alcohol and then insertion a sterilized disposable needle that is hair thin will be inserted into each point. Often patients will not feel the needle, but some may experience a slight feeling of heaviness or distention. After insertion, the needles stay in place for 30-45 minutes. Most patients close their eyes to rest or nap. To enhance the treatment, we may combine your treatment with cupping and/or herbal medicine. 

Is acupuncture good for the elderly?

Acupuncture is beneficial to people of all ages, especially for elderly patients to improve blood circulation, lack of energy, general maintenance of health, etc. 

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments required depends on the nature of your condition. For an acute condition, a single treatment may be sufficient to resolve it. Some chronic conditions may require a series of treatments over period of time. The intensity of each treatment also determines that number of treatment you need.