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The acupuncture office of Deborah Hutchinson, PhD, LAc, DiplAc (NCCAOM)®. Located in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, offering acupuncture and moxibustion according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture is virtually painless! The majority of our patients say they hardly even feel it. It surprises many people because most people’s experiences with needles consists of getting injections or blood drawn with hypodermic syringes. Acupuncture needles are completely different. Acupuncture needles have a solid, filament-type structure. While there are many gauges of acupuncture needles, they are all very

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What can acupuncturists treat?

When most people think about what acupuncture can treat, pain would probably be at the top of their lists. However, acupuncture helps people with many other conditions. Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. For general information, below

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How are acupuncturists educated?

Today, acupuncturists undertake three to four years of extensive and comprehensive graduate training at nationally certified schools. All acupuncturists must pass a national exam for board certification through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)® and meet strict guidelines to practice in every state.

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How safe is acupuncture?

When practiced by a qualified acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely safe and most adverse events are minor. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, generally yielding no side effects just feelings of relaxation and well-being.

Following Clean Needle Technique protocols on handling and inserting needles properly further improves the safety of acupuncture. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because

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How should I prepare for my treatment?

Before your appointment:

Write down and bring any questions you have. We are here to help you. If you are a new patient, we will send you a link to download the paperwork to fill out ahead of time. In the 2-3 hours before your appointment: Try to be relaxed for your appointment as best as you can — avoid Continue reading

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