Frequently asked Questions




Q: Do the needles hurt?

A: Generally, no. What you will probably feel is some cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling, or electric sensation either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected meridian, or energy pathway. Some Western cultures may categorize these sensations as types of pain. In any case, if you experience any discomfort, it is usually mild.


Q: Are the needles clean?

A: We only use sterilized, individually packaged, disposable needles.


Q: How deep do the needles go?

A: Usually, needles are inserted from ¼ inch to 1 inch in depth. It varies depending on the nature of the problem, the location of the points selected, the patient’s size, age, and constitution.


Q: How many treatments will I need?

A: That depends on the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint. You may only need a single treatment for an acute condition. A series of 5 to 15 treatments to resolve more chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require treatment over a longer time.  In any case Brian, can give you an estimate of how many treatments you will need to effect change during the initial evaluation.

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Herbal Medicine


Q: Do all the herbs come from China?

A: The Chinese adopted and incorporated herbs from all over the world. 15% to 20% of the 500 ingredients considered standard originated from outside of China. What makes them “Chinese herbs” is that they are prescribed according to Chinese medical theory.


Q: How are Chinese herbal medicines taken?

A: They can be taken in several forms: liquid, pills, tinctures and powdered extracts.


Q: Do Chinese herbal medicines have side effects?

A: Most of the components of Chinese herbal medicine have a very low toxicity compared to common, over-the-counter Western drugs. When prescribed correctly, they should have few, if any, side effects, only beneficial healing results.


Q: Can pregnant women take Chinese herbs?

A: A professional TCM practitioner such as Brian Whidden can write herbal prescriptions that are appropriate for pregnant and lactating mothers


Q: Can children take Chinese herbs?

A: Yes, children can be given certain herbs in reduced doses.


Q: How long does it take to see results with Chinese herbal medicine?

A: In acute conditions, results may occur in a matter of minutes. In chronic conditions, some results should be seen within two weeks.