Portland City Acupuncture is now closed as of 9/1/17.
"What is acupuncture?"
This is a question I get a lot.
Acupuncture is inserting thin needles into your body. The needles are sterilized and single-use. They are disposed after each use. The needles are inserted into one of the acupuncture points.
"How does it work?"
Let's take pain for example. In Chinese medicine, you have pain when there's stagnation. One of the things the acupuncture needles do is to move whatever is stagnant in your body. Some acupuncture points move things elsewhere. Don't be surprised if I needle your legs for your shoulder pain.
"Does it hurt?"
It doesn't hurt. You may feel the needles when they're first inserted, but nothing compared to what you experience when you get your shots or blood drawn at your doctor's office.
"Is there medicine on the needles?"
No. The needles are just plain needles.