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Q & A

Some common questions about acupuncture are answered below. Call us if you have other questions or if you are interested in improving your life through acupuncture treatment.

What will my acupuncturist do?

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What will my acupuncturist do?

During the initial exam a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. Dr. Gossett will check your pulses and your tongue and may conduct a physical exam. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of where Qi has become blocked or imbalanced. Visits may last from thirty to ninety minutes.

Why do they want to look at my tongue?

The tongue is a map of the body. It reflects the general health of the organs and meridians. Dr.Gossett will look at the color, shape, cracks and coating on your tongue.


Is acupuncture safe for children?

Yes. In some instances children actually respond more quickly than adults. If your child has an aversion to needles, Dr. Gossett may massage the acupuncture points. This is called acupressure or tuina.


A review from the National Library of Medicine (NIH):  Acupuncture is safe for children.



How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take more time to achieve desired results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes.

Treatment frequency depends on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem and the quality and quantity of your energy and blood.  Dr. Gossett may suggest one or two treatments per week, or monthly visits for health maintenance and seasonal “tune ups”.

How should I prepare?


To prepare for your treatment session:

  • Write down and bring any questions you have. We are here to help you.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points.
  • Do not eat large meals just before or after your visit.
  • Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs or alcohol for up to six hours after the visit.
  • Avoid stressful situations. Make time to relax, and be sure to get plenty of rest.
  • Between visits, take notes of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of problems.
  • And last, prepare yourself to feel great!

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects – just feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little to no danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.

Acupuncturists follow guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Clean Needle Technique course.


Questions about Acupuncture?


Most people have questions about acupuncture therapy.  Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay healthy.

If the Q & A here does not address your questions or concerns, please call Dr. Karman Gossett, L. Ac.  She is always available to answer your questions.

How are acupuncturists educated?

Acupuncturists undertake at minimum four years of extensive and comprehensive graduate training at nationally certified schools. All acupuncturists must pass three national board exams, and meet strict guidelines to practice in every state.  For more information on the educational path of an acupuncturist, please visit The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).


In addition, acupuncturists are required to complete a course in needle safety.  Please visit CCAOM for information on the Clean Needle Technique course.


Dr. Karman Gossett has completed six years of graduate level training in acupuncture and biomedicine, in addition to four years of undergraduate study in psychology.



What can acupuncture effectively treat?


Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below are some of the health concerns that a skilled acupuncturist can effectively treat:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Common cold
  • Constipation
  • Dental pain
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive trouble
  • Dizziness
  • Dysentery
  • Emotional problems
  • Eye problems
  • Facial palsy
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gingivitis
  • Headache
  • Hiccough
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Low back pain
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Migraine
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain
  • PMS
  • Pneumonia
  • Reproductive problems
  • Rhinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Smoking cessation
  • Sore throat
  • Stress
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tooth pain
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vomiting
  • Wrist pain

This is partial list of the conditions effectively treated by acupuncture.  Please call to discuss specific concerns.

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