What can I expect?
Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by acupuncture. However, some conditions that have arisen over a course of years will be relieved only through a steady progress of treatments.

As in any form of healing, the patient’s attitude, diet, determination and lifestyle will affect the outcome of a course of treatment. Patients are encouraged to actively participate in their healing process.

Although Oriental medicine can successfully treat most conditions, there are circumstances that can be dealt with more effectively by Western medicine. In such cases, your acupuncturist will recommend you contact a Western medical doctor. Acupuncture should be seen as complementary to Western medicine.

Is Acupuncture Safe?
In the hands of a comprehensively trained acupuncturist, your safety is assured. Tidewater Acupuncture and Wellness uses sterile disposable needles.

Is Acupuncture Painful?
Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of receiving an injection. The main sources of pain from injections are the larger diameter hollow needle and the medications being forced into the tissue by pressure. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases, insertion by a skilled practitioner is performed without discomfort.

You may experience a sense of heaviness or electricity in the area of insertion. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing, and many fall asleep during treatment. In some cases, your practitioner may also recommend the use of specific herbs as well as dietary, exercise or lifestyle changes.