FAQs – Acupuncture

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one modality of Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture is the use of thin, sterile, needles inserted into specific points on your body to help boost and correct the flow of your body’s different energetic systems, or Qi.  When the Qi flows freely without blockage we are in a state of health and balance; when the Qi becomes blocked or insufficient we feel out of balance or unhealthy. Other modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine include herbal medicine, Tui Na (massage), cupping, and moxibustion (heat therapy).  Each treatment is specific for each patient and a variety of modalities may be used.  Patients feel relaxed and usually improve with each visit.


Does it hurt?

I use very thin needles — equivalent to the size of a human hair — and most insertions are painless. Some patients will experience a Qi sensation after the needle has been inserted. This sensation can range from a tingle to dull ache and usually fades quickly.  I am trained in a variety of techniques to ease any fear or discomfort you may have as I insert the needles.


Is it safe?

I am licensed by the State of North Carolina, Nationally Board Certified in Acupuncture and  Herbal medicine by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and have been certified in Clean Needle Technique. Each acupuncture needle is individually wrapped in a sterile package and used only once. When the needles are removed they are immediately placed into OSHA approved Biohazard containers and disposed of properly.


Will it help me and my condition?

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine are a great way to correct imbalances in the body as well as maintain health and well-being. You don’t have to be “sick” to receive the benefits of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, many are pro-active in their health-care and come for Wellness Visits. As far as your specific condition, sometimes imbalances respond more readily to Acupuncture and sometimes Herbal Medicine is needed, sometimes both. Acupuncture is not a “Cure-All” for every condition and there may be times when a Western Medical approach will best suit your needs.  I carefully monitor each of my patients’ progress and refer when necessary.


What should I expect during a visit?

Your initial visit requires some paperwork and a little extra time to do a full health-history intake so I can come up with a proper diagnosis. Then you may receive Acupuncture as well as Tui Na (massage), moxibustion (heat therapy), and/or herbal medicine.  I am highly qualified with my own unique style to best suit your healthcare needs. After you have been to the clinic for an initial visit and we have set your healthcare goals and come up with a plan, additional visits typically last about an hour.  Please bring a list of Western Medications and/or supplements you are currently taking to your initial visit.


How can I be best prepared?

  • It is best to dress in comfortable clothes so that points may be easily accessed — tank tops and yoga pants or sweatpants are ideal.
  • Use the restroom before your appointment.
  • Come hydrated and fed




Contact Us

Main Office:

Wilmington Acupuncture
761 S. Kerr Ave

Wilmington, NC 28403


Phone: 970-306-5323 970-306-5323


PHONE: 252-723-8956





Business Hours:

By appointment only

Monday - 12pm-7pm

Tues, Wed, Thurs10am - 7pm

Friday closed




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