Wind Gate Wellness FAQ

Acupuncture FAQ

What conditions or problem can be treated by acupuncture?

• Carpal tunnel
• Acute/chronic back pain
• Knee pain
• Sciatica
• Foot pain
• Stress and sports injuries

• High blood pressure
• Stress disorders
• Hyperthyroidism
• Headache
• Insomnia
• Migraines

• Infertility (female/male)
• Menstrual pain
• Menopause symptoms

• Common cold
• Allergies/hay fever
• Asthma
• Cough
• Sore throat

• Nausea
• Stomach pain
• Constipation
• Diarrhea

Do The Needles Go In Very Far?

Because acupuncture are close to the skin’s surface, they are typically not inserted very deeply. However, depending on the patient’s symptoms, constitution, and the location of the point, they may be inserted anywhere from 1/8th of an inch to 2 or 3 inches.

Do The Needles Hurt?

Acupuncture needles are MUCH smaller than any other needle you have likely come in contact with, especially much smaller than a needle you would get at the doctor. Because they are solid filaments and are inserted quickly, most people do not notice them. Sometimes a sensation can be felt at the point the needle is stimulating, these sensations are different for everyone and are good! That means the point needed stimulating and the treatment is working!

Are The Needles Sterile?

Yes, all needles come in sterile packaging and are 1-time use. Once the needle is removed it is placed in a sharps container.

Do The Needles Transmit Disease?

No. As stated above, all needles are sterile and one time use. Acupuncturists are highly trained in disease prevention, and all licensed acupuncturists in the US have had bloodborne pathogens training as well as Clean Needle Technique training. Current standards in sterilization and cleanliness also ensure an extra line of defense against disease transmission.

Other Techniques

What Is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion is a technique in which a plant called mugwort is used to heat an acupuncture point or channel. It is really useful for arthritis, chronic pain, and certain conditions diagnosed with Chinese Medicine. It comes in a few forms such a stick that is held over a point to warm it, small cones that are lit directly on the skin (they don’t burn you!), or in little capsules that warm the needle.

What Is Cupping?

Cupping is when we take a plastic suction cup and place it on specific areas or points in order to encourage blood flow, movement of energy, or reduce pain and inflammation. We may move the cup by sliding it around the area, or leaving the cup still over the area for up to 10 minutes. Often times cupping causes painless bruising in the area if the cup is stationary. The Bruising often subsides within 5 to 7 days and is completely normal!

What is Gua Sha?

Gua Sha is a technique where a dull edged tool is used to scrape a specific area. This aids in many different ways and can often help reduces symptoms of pain. It is a mostly painless procedure, however, like cupping it can leave marks in the area it was applied. The marks are painless and normal, and usually go away in 5 to 7 days.

Hypnosis FAQ

Is hypnosis dangerous?

Nope! At Wind Gate Wellness hypnosis is simply a tool used to help people see why they are choosing a certain mood or reaction, and then offering tools to change it. It is a very relaxing process, and most people feel great afterward!

Can hypnosis make me do things I don’t want to do?

No. Unlike in the movies, hypnosis isn’t a state where one doesn’t have control. It is done through one’s own mind. You wouldn’t do or say anything in hypnosis that you wouldn’t normally do or say in real life. You can even move around or completely ignore any suggestions! The session is about you, and you are in control!

Can I get ‘stuck’ in hypnosis?

Nope! Hypnosis is like a sort of meditation, and it is done through one’s own mind. Once the session comes to an end you will automatically come out of the deep relaxation state.

What conditions can hypnosis treat?

Hypnosis can be used as a complementary tool to treat many different things. Here is a blog post describing how it is used in our practice: https://www.windgatewellness.com/hypnosis-enhances-wellness-outcomes/

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