Acupuncture Honolulu, Hawaii | Oahu, Honolulu Acupuncture & Acupuncturists
The Benefits of Acupuncture
The benefits of acupuncture available are diverse and can be incorporated into a larger wellness plan. Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Acupuncture for depression can be a great treatment option for those seeking an alternative medicine option. So can acupuncture for arthritis, pain management, and overall wellness. However, some conditions that have arisen over the course of years will be relieved only by slow, steady progress.
As in any form of healing, the patient’s attitude, diet, determination, and lifestyle will affect the outcome of a course of treatment. Many patients have doubts, or at the very least, questions, such as how many treatments of acupuncture are needed for anxiety. In all instances, patients are encouraged to participate actively in their healing and wellness process.
Although Oriental medicine can treat most conditions, there are circumstances that can be dealt with more effectively by Western medicine. In such cases, your acupuncturist in Honolulu will recommend you contact a Western medical doctor. Acupuncture therapy and Chinese medicine should be seen as complementary to Western medicine. Wondering how effective acupuncture is? Read our patient reviews and rating here.
Safe, Effective, Cost-Savings Health Care from Acupuncture
One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many prescription medications, medicine, or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions. In Honolulu, some alternative medicine is covered by some insurance plans. It is best to consult with your insurance beforehand.
Services by naturopathic physicians and some licensed acupuncturists are covered by no-fault insurance plans, various private insurance companies, and Hawaii workman’s compensation.
Naturopathic physicians and acupuncture doctors cooperate freely with any licensed doctor in the healing arts profession when it is in the best interest of the patient. Contact our practice in Honolulu for more information.
If you are to schedule your first treatment, give us a call. Show up ready to feel rejuvenated.
Our Acupuncture Sessions Can Alleviate Symptoms of Common Disorders, Including:
Emotional disorders including depression & anxiety
See What Our Patients Have to Say About Our Acupuncture Treatments on Oahu
Our clinic in Honolulu has received multiple review on various review sites as well as on our social profiles.
“She truly wants you to feel amazing and live a fulfilling life. Her acupuncture sessions always made me feel revived and refreshed. She is so skilled in her craft that I could never feel the needles go in. Highly recommend going to see Dr. Joy for all your health needs.”
“I had never had acupuncture before Dr. Ostroff, so I was a bit nervous, but she is a pro. I am glad she’s applied acupuncture thousands of times before me… I don’t even feel the needles go in! I knock out and felt even more amazing afterward. Her spine and neck adjustments are gentle, and you can tell she’s a pro.”
“She spent one on one time with me discussing everything from my goals to my symptoms and then personalized a treatment plan with herbal remedies, acupuncture and body alignment. After just one visit I felt so relaxed. Weeks later my body is feeling more energized, healthy and happy.“
What To Expect From Our Acupuncture Treatments
A Pain-Free Honolulu Acupuncture Experience
Our Oahu acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of receiving an injection or shot you may get at a traditional doctor’s office. The main source of pain from injections is due to the larger diameter, hollow needle, and the medication being forced into the tissue by pressure. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases, insertion by a skilled practitioner is performed without discomfort or pain.
You may experience a sense of heaviness or electricity in the area of insertion. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing, and many fall asleep during treatment. In some cases, your practitioner may also recommend herbs or dietary, exercise or lifestyle changes.
Acupuncture Safety and Comfort Are Our Number One Priority at Our Practice
In the hands of a comprehensively trained acupuncture doctor or acupuncturist in Honolulu, HI, your safety is assured. The needles that we use for Acupuncture in Honolulu are sterile and disposable. If you have a preference, you should discuss the type of needles you prefer for your acupuncture session. Alternatively, cupping and cupping therapy may be better suited for those who are hesitant toward acupuncture treatments and needles. Interested in cupping? Visit our cupping and Chinese medicine therapies page.
No Downtime After Acupuncture Treatment. Get Back to your Life!
Most people who receive treatment of acupuncture at our clinic in Honolulu are able to resume their daily activities after treatment, with no pain. However, it is best to bring someone with you on your first acupuncture treatment so that you will have transportation home.
This is because acupuncture may have a very calming effect on the body. You may feel overly relaxed after the treatment and shouldn’t drive. No matter how good you feel after the treatment, it is important not to overextend yourself and let your body rest.
We advise most people to take it easy for a few days after the treatment. In addition, it is important to go to your session well-fed and hydrated and drink water when you are finished—a good idea anyway!
How Acupuncture Works
The ancient Chinese recognized a vital energy behind all life forms and life processes. They called this energy Qi (pronounced chee). In developing an understanding of the prevention and cure of disease, these healing practitioners discovered that this energy flows along specific pathways called “meridians.”
Each pathway is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ. Acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, and acupressure are all therapies that address these meridians. Depending on the patient, disorder, or current pain area, we will apply acupuncture treatment to the appropriate meridian.
The ancient Chinese practitioners had believed that disease arises due to a deficiency or imbalance of energy in the meridians and their associated physiological systems. Traditional Chinese practitioners address these illnesses through the meridians.
Acupuncture points are specific locations along the meridians. Each point has a predictable effect upon the vital energy passing through it. Modern science and medicine have been able to measure the electrical charge at these points, thus corroborating the locations of the meridians mapped by the ancients.
If you are to schedule your first appointment, give us a call. Show up ready to relax and reinvigorate yourself.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture
: Does Acupuncture hurt?
You may feel a slight prick when the needle is inserted, but it is much less than the prick you feel during an injection since the needles are much thinner. You may feel a heaviness, numbness, tingling, or mild soreness after the needles have been inserted. Some acupuncturists insert needles in such a way that there is an electrical shock-like sensation, which is the stimulation of chi. This is not necessary to get the benefits. I have earned a reputation for doing painless treatments. Though effective, I don’t like to have it hurt my patients. In fact, it is so relaxing that most patients fall asleep, feeling well-rested afterward.
: Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes. When acupuncture is performed with disposable needles under clean, sterile conditions and by a qualified practitioner, it is highly unusual to have any complications.
: Does Acupuncture Work?
One acupuncture benefit is that it is a drug-free way to minimize pain. With drugs, people often develop a tolerance or the need for an increased dosage to achieve the same required effect. However, this does not happen with acupuncture. In addition, acupuncture allows the doctor to immediately examine a person’s response to the treatment and make adjustments if necessary. In my practice, I use acupuncture for stress relief, insomnia, depression, weight loss, headaches, neck and back pain, ear aches, PCOS, cramps, and to promote healthy conception and pregnancy.
: Will My Health Insurance Policy Cover Acupuncture Treatment?
Some insurance companies will pay for acupuncture treatment. Because each insurance provider has different restrictions, it is best to consult with your provider to determine if your acupuncture therapy will be covered. Show number
: How Does Acupuncture Work?
The insertion of tiny needles provides a “micro trauma” to the area, sending signals to the brain to send fresh blood and lymph fluid to the area, thereby causing healing to the area being treated. When the insertion is to a distal point on the hands, arms, feet, or legs, the organs that correspond to the treated meridian are re-energized and oxygenated, and tissue healing to those vital organs is encouraged. Show number
: How Often Should I Be Treated With Acupuncture?
The number of acupuncture treatments required depends on each person’s condition and response to acupuncture. One session of acupuncture therapy does not usually result in lasting pain relief. According to the literature, at least two sessions a week for four to five weeks is a normal course of treatment.
: Who Can Benefit From Acupuncture?
Some people may see better results from acupuncture than others. Here’s a list of who may significantly benefit from acupuncture:
- People with chronic pain (e.g., back pain, neck pain)
- Migraine and tension headache sufferers
- Individuals with osteoarthritis
- Those with digestive disorders
- People experiencing insomnia
- Women with menstrual and fertility issues
- Individuals with anxiety and depression
- People with respiratory disorders (e.g., allergic rhinitis)
- Stroke rehabilitation patients
- Individuals with addictive behaviors (e.g., smoking)
- People with fatigue or fibromyalgia
- Those with chronic stress or tension
- Patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- People with neuropathy
- Individuals with immune system support needs
- Postoperative patients (to reduce pain and accelerate recovery)
- People with hypertension
- Individuals suffering from TMJ disorders
- Those with physically demanding jobs