How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture points are specific areas on the body just beyond the surface of the skin. They have high concentrations of nerve endings, mast cells, lymphatic vessels, and capillaries. When an acupuncture needle is inserted into an acupuncture point, it stimulates the sensory receptor, which in turn stimulates the nerve, which then transmits impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system.


This complex system of interactions (often called a “feedback loop”) between the brain, hormones, and glands is responsible for regulating a number of bodily processes. Because acupuncture helps to regulate the various feedback loops in your body, it actually allows your body to heal itself of whatever is wrong. This amazing trait is unique to nearly every other medical system, and has sustained acupuncture as a complete system of medicine for over 5,000 years.


How often should you schedule appointments in order to get the highest value out of your treatments?

Acupuncture works cumulatively, and it is very rare that one treatment is all you will need to feel better. It is essential to get treatments close to each other at first because each treatment gains momentum on the last. If treatments are too far apart, we can lose momentum and erase the progress we've done through treatments.


Each person responds differently to acupuncture, so we usually won't know exactly how many treatments you will need until we've gone through a few sessions. A typical treatment course for chronic conditions may be around 10-12 treatments in 6 weeks, and for acute conditions it may look like 6 treatments in 4 weeks.


Because each treatment builds on the last, I expect you to feel slowly yet progressively better with each treatment. It is also important to schedule a session immediately if you ever start to feel yourself “backsliding,” and your next scheduled appointment isn't for a couple of days or longer.


Generally speaking, we will be able to space treatments further and further apart as long as you keep steadily improving with each treatment (and stay at that level between visits to the clinic). Maintenance sessions are often recommended every 4-6 weeks to keep your body in a healthy, joyful, and balanced state.

What to expect during a community acupuncture session?

At Tru each client has an appointment time, and upon checking in will transition into a private room for a quick consult and personal history. The client will then transition into the open treatment room where you will relax in a comfy chair surrounded by plants, aromatherapy, and tranquil sounds for your individualized treatment that will last anywhere from 30-45 minutes.


Patients should come in or bring comfy clothes. During most treatments, the majority of the acupuncture points utilizing are located from the elbow to the fingers, and knees to the toes. These are the most active points which are located at the beginning or end of each acupuncture channel. They harness the most Qi and allow me to access any part of the body. However, a situation my arise where I want to access points on the back side of the body, at this point I will direct you to one of the treatment rooms, if available, at no extra charge.


What to Wear?

Loose, comfortable clothing is always best for treatments, as it provides easy access to your knees and elbows, and it provides you an even greater chance for complete relaxation. Feel free to wear pajamas to your treatment, if those are what you feel comfortable in.


Please bring a change of clothes and provide yourself with enough time to change if need be.

How does a sliding scale work at Tru?

Acupuncture often requires more than one treatment for whatever ails you. My goal when giving the client a treatment protocol is to achieve the desired end results and not to frighten you with the number of treatments or the cost. Upon the first visit for any ONE particular aliment the initial charge is what is stated, and if I require you to come back several times that week, each treatment will reduce by $10. After 7 days (1 week), the price goes back up to the initial price and the process will continue for as long as needed. This process only works when being treated for the same issue.


Possible side effects of acupuncture?

Side effects of acupuncture are infrequent, but they can occur. They also tend to be very mild when (and if) they do occur. The most common side effects are explained below.



While most people notice a marked improvement in their symptoms following acupuncture, some feel worse before they start feeling better. This is sometimes referred to as a “healing crisis.” Because acupuncture works to get you “unstuck,” dormant physical issues can get stirred up in the process. As these issues are brought to our awareness, we are able to address them in the clinic so they can be handled and healed appropriately.

It is also very possible to feel wiped out after acupuncture. Acupuncture is powerful, and when things are moving... your body gets tired. This is never a cause for concern, and the best thing to do is re-fuel with nourishing snacks, fresh water, and relaxation time. It is also not uncommon to have an abundance of energy or vivid dreams after a treatment.


Body parts where acupuncture needles get inserted can feel sore after needles are removed. You also may experience muscle soreness away from the needling site if a trigger point was released during your treatment. Soreness from acupuncture typically dissipates within 24 hours. However, big trigger point releases can cause residual soreness that lasts a few days.


Although less common than soreness, bruising can occur at the needling site. Bruises usually last slightly longer than soreness from an acupuncture needle. Still, they generally are not anything to worry about beyond the aesthetic inconvenience.


Emotional Release


It is very possible to cry during or after acupuncture. Along with the physical parts of you becoming “unstuck,” emotions become free-flowing as well. The emotional release that can happen in acupuncture is often unexpected, but it is generally a very positive experience.

Feeling emotional during or after a treatment is a sign that the acupuncture is working in the emotional/mental department. Even if you’re seeking acupuncture for a physical ailment, increased emotional expression is an indication that healing is happening. From an acupuncture perspective, physical and emotional health are interconnected, so emotional shifts suggest positive physical changes as well.

While these side effects are rarely cause for concern, you know your body best. If any of these side effects feel like they’re too severe, too uncomfortable, or lasting too long—or if you notice any additional negative reactions to your acupuncture treatment—please let me know.


I know you have many options when it comes to your health, so thank you for choosing me as one of your healthcare practitioners.


If you have any other questions, comments, or concerns please don't hesitate to contact me.

What is Gu Sha?

Gua sha is a healing technique of traditional East Asian medicine. Gua sha is defined as unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called ‘sha’ representing extravasation of blood in the skin. Modern research shows Gua sha produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single treatment, which is why is works well on pain, stiffness, fever, chills, cough, wheezing, nausea & vomiting, and more.

What is Cupping?

Side effects of acupuncture are infrequent, but they can occur. They also tend to be very mild when (and if) they do occur. The most common side effects are explained below.

What is light therapy?

Side effects of acupuncture are infrequent, but they can occur. They also tend to be very mild when (and if) they do occur. The most common side effects are explained below.

What is E-Stim?

Side effects of acupuncture are infrequent, but they can occur. They also tend to be very mild when (and if) they do occur. The most common side effects are explained below.