Frequently Asked Questions

Acupuncture is an ancient practice of medicine that should be practiced with great care. Treatments are highly individualized to address your needs. For more information about what it is and more, read about acupuncture page here
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture treatments are planned and performed with the
patient's well-being and best experience in mind.  Single-use,
disposable, and sterile stainless steel needles are used for
treatment. These needles are about the thickness of one to two
human hairs.  Needles are disposed of according to national
medical and acupuncture safety guidelines known as
"Clean Needle Technique." It is required in the state of Maryland
to receive training and certification from the Council of
Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Does it hurt?

Your comfort is of the utmost importance. Sensations from the acupuncture needles can vary from painless to a brief pinch during insertion of the needle. This experience can also vary depending on the location of the body an acupuncture point is being stimulated. After needle insertion, pain dissipates quickly. If not, the needle will be adjusted or removed until comfortable.

Does it work? Will I notice anything right away?

Each person experiences acupuncture differently and many people
find relief from symptoms. You may feel changes right after
treatment or over a period of time. There are factors that influence
how effective your treatments are. Some factors are: frequency of
visits, complying with your practitioner's recommendations, and
self-care. At the beginning of treatment, it is important to be
consistent with your first series of visits because the momentum of
your treatments takes time to build. Treatment varies according to
how your body is responding. 
 
Most important, taking care of yourself anchors your improvement. Follow-up treatments are scheduled to continue and maintain your success. Talk more with your practitioner about your individualized care.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has comprised a list of conditions that acupuncture is indicated for treatment. To read a copy of the WHO (2003) "Acupuncture Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials" report, click here. Below is a partial list of the conditions and disorders Dr. Chi treats.
Commonly Treated Conditions and Symptoms
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  • Cardiovascular, such as:

    • Hypertension

    • Anemia

    • Poor circulation

  • Neurological, such as:​

    • Disc problems

    • Facial palsy (early stage, within three to six months)

    • Headache and migraine

    • Meniere's Disease

    • Peripheral neuropathies

    • Trigeminal neuralgia

  • Musculo-skeletal, such as:

    • Arthritis

    • Fibromyalgia

    • "Tennis elbow" or "Frozen Shoulder"

    • Localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains, tendonitis, contractures

    • Low back pain

    • Muscle pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness

    • Osteoarthritis

    • Sciatica

  • Respiratory, such as:

    • Acute bronchitis

    • Acute sinusitis

    • Bronchial asthma

    • Common cold

  • Gastrointestinal, such as:​

    • Gastritis

    • Constipation

    • Gastric Reflux

    • Diarrhea

    • Hiccups

    • Irritable bowel and colitis 

  • Gynecological, such as:

    • Benign amenorrhea

    • Benign irregular menstruation

    • Dysmenorrhea

    • Menopause syndrome

    • PMS

    • Pre and Post-Partum care

  • Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Disorders, such as:

    • Acute and chronic pharyngitis

    • Styes

    • Toothaches, post extraction pain

  • Psychological and Emotional, such as:

    • Anxiety 

    • Depression 

    • Hypersomnia 

    • Insomnia

    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 

  • Withdrawal from and addiction to recreational and prescription drugs