frequently asked questions about acupuncture

Victoria B.C. Registered Acupuncturist Answers Frequently Asked Questions


How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture harmonizes the interrelated systems within the body, and brings that which is out of harmony or ‘sick’ back into balance resulting in better health. The way illness manifests it’s symptoms in each person are taken in context with the rest of the body, mind and spirit within each treatment helping avoid any side effects.


What conditions can acupuncture treat?

Some conditions that positively respond to acupuncture are: pain and inflammation, headaches, arthritis, IBS, depression and anxiety, stress, sleep disorders, urinary disharmony, premenstrual symptoms, menopause and breaking addictions, to name a few. If you have any of these symptoms or an alternative condition and would like to seek professional help, consider acupuncture and call one of our specialists.


How many times do you have to do acupuncture to see results?

Results normally occur after the first treatment. Chronic or long term conditions may take longer to respond, acupuncture can take up to four treatments, as the body may need more time to shift from long held patterns of pain or illness. Effects from treatments are cumulative and build up in potency and duration of results after a few treatments. Everyone experiences different results based on the condition they come in with. It is best to come for a consultation to learn about a detailed treatment plan customized to you.


How long does an acupuncture appointment take?

A typical acupuncture appointment will normally last 60 minutes. This gives time for our patients to have a consultation with our acupuncture specialists to learn how the body is feeling in order to choose relevant points for treatment that day.

Maintenance acupuncture treatments to support a patient’s health are a little bit shorter, they typically last 45 minutes and may be appropriate for non-acute conditions and overall wellness goals.


Does acupuncture hurt?

No, acupuncture is not supposed to be painful.  The needles are very, very thin—over 30 acupuncture needles can fit in the tip of a hypodermic needle. The most common sensations experienced are heaviness or aching as well as a relaxed sense of wellbeing.


Do your health benefits cover acupuncture treatments?

Often patients want to know if acupuncture is covered under their corporate health benefits plan. Most extended health plans cover acupuncture from a Registered Acupuncturist (RAc). Contact us today if you have additional questions about being covered.

If you are seeking acupuncture as a treatment for chronic or long term health conditions, you should meet with a Registered Acupuncturist to find out the best solution for you.  For more information about acupuncture therapy in Victoria B.C.  contact the Synergy Health Centre. Call 250-727-3737 to set up your appointment for a free body diagnostic consultation.