We realize that Traditional Chinese Medicine may be new to you, and to help answer some of the common questions, we've compiled this FAQ. However, please feel free to contact if you have any additional questions that are not covered here.

Acupuncture has been used in China for over 5,000 years. Traditionally, it is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (energy) and Xue (Blood) through discrete channels or medians which traverse the body that are close but not identical to the nervous and blood circulatory systems. According to this theory, acupuncture regulates this flow of Qi, shunting it to those areas where it is deficient and draining it from where it is excessive. Thus, acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body.


In Chinese, there is a famous dictum, “There is no pain if there is free flow; if there is pain, there is no free flow.” Essentially, acupuncture promotes the free and balanced flow of Qi and blood.

How Does Acupuncture Work?
Are the Needles Clean?

Certainly! The needles are clean because we use only disposable needles at the Brandon Acupuncture Clinic. They are surgically sterilized by the manufacturer and will be used only once, so there is no chance of infection.

An Acupuncture needle is so fine and thin that it can fit inside of a needle used for vaccination. You may feel a slight pricking, numbing, heaviness, tingling, or a swelling or electric sensation in the area around the needle when it is inserted. The sensations usually last only a moment before subsiding after insertion of the needle is finished.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

That depends upon the duration, severity, and nature of each individual’s complaint. Generally, from five to fifteen treatments are adequate for the majority of chronic ailments. Many acute conditions may only require a single treatment and some degenerative conditions may require scores of treatments.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

One may experience an immediate total or partial relief of their pain or other symptoms. This relief may last or some of the pain may return. In a few cases, the pain may seem even worse. This is called the rebound effect. However, fortunately, it is rare. By the next day, the pain can be expected to gradually reduce. Often, the most dramatic results are experienced in the first treatment. However, one should see further incremental improvement after each subsequent treatment. In a few cases, there may be no immediate relief, only to experience the pain diminish over the next couple of days.

What Can I Expect After Treatment?

It is a main modality or treatment method within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is the oldest, continually practiced, professional medicine. The number of Chinese medicines has developed into more than 10,000 kinds with approximately 500 being the most commonly used. It is practiced on an individualized pattern diagnosis as well as a disease diagnosis that means the patient receives a custom herbal prescription designed to treat both the symptom or disease and also their individual pattern. The medicines are completely natural and range widely in different natures.

What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

No, not if the formula has been correctly chosen and written. Most of the medicine of TCM have a very low toxicity compared to even common, over the counter Western drugs. When they are prescribed according to a correct TCM pattern diagnosis, they should have virtually no side effects, only beneficial healing results. If a patient experiences any discomfort while taking Chinese herbs, they should tell their practitioner, who will then modify their formula until there are no side effects.

Does Chinese Herbal Medicine Have Side Effects?