Frequently Asked Questions
1. Does it hurt?
With the TCM style the needles are already much thinner than injection or vaccination needles. But the style practiced in the clinic uses even thinner needles (average 0,16 mm) and insertion is more superficial. So treatment is virtually painless.
2. Is it safe?
Acupuncture is very safe. Especially in Toyohari no deeper tissues run a risk of getting damaged. Nor are there any serious side effects.
Needles are used only once for a patient and being safely discarded after treatment. They are individually packed and of the highest quality. So there are no risks in the field of hygiene or with contamination.
3. What is the difference with Chinese(TCM) style of acupuncture?
The styles both have their origins obviously in the Chinese Medical Classics. The interpretation, development and practical techniques differ. Most important and noticable for the client is that needles are thinner and are inserted far less deep than in the TCM style. Furthermore needles are not inserted and left in the body for half an hour; they are removed after the desired effect is gained with specific techniques. Immediate feedback is given by especially feeling the pulse after each technique.
Palpation plays a bigger role in Toyohari and Japanese styles in general. Like abdominal diagnosis which is seldom used in TCM, but described in for example the Chinese medical classic, the Nan-Ching.
4. Do you have to believe in acupuncture?
No, acupuncture is not based on a placebo effect. But a positive attitude towards your own healing process is highly benificial, regardless of the kind of medicine; whether its Western or Oriental.
5. How long does treatment take?
A first treatment will take around 1 hour, because of the intake where we focus on the clients health complaint, medical history and other background. Consecutive treatments will take around 45 minutes. Sometimes a bit shorter or longer, depending on individual conditions and progress.
6. How many treatments do I need?
As treament is very individual it is hard to predict this up front. For chronic conditions we should see good improvement after 5 to 6 treatments. But evaluations take place before every single treatment and results can be noticed earlier too.
7. Do I need to prepare anything when coming in for treatment?
It is best to wear loose clothing so treatment areas can be easily exposed. Furhermore neither an empty stomach nor a too full stomach is advisable. Make sure you ate something that day, but not too much just before treatment.