Acupuncture Frequently Asked Questions

Does Acupuncture hurt?

While people’s sensitivity can vary, most don’t find acupuncture painful at all. In fact, many people find it to be so relaxing that they doze off during the treatment and have a nice nap.  This is so common it’s known as ‘going to Aculand,’ and is quite restorative. Should anything hurt, let your acupuncturist know and they will adjust the needles appropriately so they don’t.

How many treatments will it take? And how frequent will I have to come in?

In general, this will be dependent on the length and severity of the condition being treated.

For example, if you sprained your ankle yesterday and it is not severe, then a few treatments of acupuncture and maybe one bottle of herbs and you will be good to go. On the other hand, if you have been suffering with fibromyalgia or eczema for 5 or more years, it is going to take several months of acupuncture and herbal treatments to resolve the related symptoms.

In general, we can say for an acute condition you may require 3-6 treatments to observe an effect. For chronic disorders, 10-12 treatments may be required to observe effect.

We are not able to tell you how long treatment will take via phone or email.  You will need to come in to our office and allow us to do an initial exam during which we talk over all your issues and concerns, and may need to do various orthopedic test and then we will be able to put together a treatment plan specific to fit your needs. This medicine is best when it’s personal and custom tailored to your needs.

Is there anything I should do to prepare for my Acupuncture Treatment?

For Rapid Relief Acupuncture, please wear comfortable clothes that are loose fitting so that you can roll up your sleeves to your elbows and pants up to your knees, and make sure you have eaten lightly before your appointment. Please don’t wear any perfume or cologne, as some other patients have severe allergies and could have a negative reaction.

If you are receiving Sports/Orthopedic Acupuncture, we ask that you wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows the area needing treatment to be accessed, as this method is done near or at the immediate area of pain or disfunction. For example, many low back disorders have gluteal muscle involvement. We have been trained in professional, modest draping and our clients’ comfort is our foremost concern.

Chinese Medicine Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Chinese Herbal Medicine is derived from natural sources. While most of the pharmacopeia is made up of roots, barks, flowers, seeds, and fruits, there are also some minerals used. Proper diagnosis is important for the formula to be tailored for each patient.

How can Chinese Herbal Medicine help me?

Chinese Medicinal Formulas work to help the body regain homeostasis, or a healthy balance.

Because each formula is individual for the client, the effect is often gentler then Western medicine, and in particular clients report less side effects.

Chinese Herbal Formulas are used for both acute (UTIs, the common cold) and chronic (allergies and skin rash) imbalances.

Is Chinese Herbal Medicine safe?

Chinese herbs are tested in the manufacturing process for impurities. At Spring we use Chinese Medicinal Herbs in granular form, which means they have been made into an extract and then dried into a powder. This makes them easier to mix into formulas and to take. We only source from the most highly regarded companies to insure the quality and safety of the herbs we use.

Why are Chinese Medicinal Herbs made into formulas?

Chinese herbalists usually do not prescribe single herbs for their patients, like we see in Western Herbology. Chinese Herbal Formulas often contain ten or more different herbs.  This is to obtain the best clinical affect by combining multiple herbs. Some of the herbs in the formula support each other’s function so that a certain therapeutic action is increased. Other herbs in the formula are to balance the action of the formula. For example, some of the best herbs at fighting infections are very cooling. Herbs are added to infection fighting formulas to protect the body from becoming too cold during treatment. In addition, the client’s health history and current state are taken into consideration when formulating.

How do I take Chinese Herbal Formulas?

As mentioned above, at Spring we use granulated Chinese Herbs that we combine into custom formulas. Each bottle of herbs comes with a small spoon, and a prescription will be written on the label of your bottle. A common one is to take 2 scoops 3 times per day between meals with warm water. There is a small learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, taking granular formulas is easy.

Nutrition Coaching Frequently Asked Questions

Why aren’t you telling me how much to eat?

How much an individual eats is dependent on a number of factors, the main ones being current state of health and weight, activity level, goals, and how they deal with stress. When we coach clients, we discuss all of these factors to find the best focus for them.

What if I feel hungry all the time?

When a client feels uncomfortably hungry, we take a look at their eating schedule and meal content. Often there are small tweaks that can be done to help increase the satiety of each meal. If these adjustments do not work, and from an objective view point the client is eating enough that they should be comfortable, we refer out to a medical practitioner.

How quickly can I lose weight?

The faster you lose weight, the more uncomfortable, and often short-lived, it is. Our goal is to teach you skills that will help you lose weight slowly, and never gain it back. Often there is a transition period when our clients are learning new food skills when they stop gaining weight, then as the new skills become natural and comfortable, slow, steady weight loss begins. How long each person takes to reach their goal is dependent on how much weight they want to lose and their state of health and stress.

Will your coaching work for me if I have health issues?

We have many clients who have health issues and are still able to lose weight. The most common conditions we work with (in conjunction with their doctor) are PCOS, diabetes and pre-diabetes, IBS, and hypothyroidism.

Do I have to stop eating my favorite foods, or eat things I don’t like?

No. We will never ask you to cut a food out of your diet. Depending on your situation, we may have a conversation about portion size or timing of eating different foods, but we will never ask you to give up foods you enjoy.

What if I am in recovery from an eating disorder?

Depending on where you are in recovery, we may have tools to help you, or we may make the decision together that another type of practitioner would be more helpful to you. That being said, we find that clients in recovery from eating disorders benefit greatly from working on intra-personal skills such as self-talk, reframing, and self-forgiveness, all skills we feel confident coaching.

Can I keep drinking alcohol and lose weight?

Yes, in moderation and with the awareness of how it affects your overall intake and macronutrient balance. For example, we enjoy wine with dinner. When we choose to drink wine, we may skip the breadbasket or dessert. Alcohol converts to sugar, which is a carbohydrate. Therefore, if you trade out another carb source in that meal, alcohol can be part of your weight loss journey.

More questions?

Call us at 208.616.1040 or email us. We are here to help you.