Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find our most frequently asked questions. If you have any questions that are not listed here, please contact us and we will be happy to answer them.

What should I wear to an acupuncture appointment?

When coming for your first appointment, please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, much like what you would wear to the gym. Jeans or tight fitting clothes are not ideal because it is often necessary to roll up pant legs or sleeves to access different parts of the body. Some acupuncture treatments will require you to change into a medical gown depending on the treatment, but many will allow you to remain in your clothes.

Are there risks associated with Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments available. “Two surveys conducted independently of each other and published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 concluded that the risk of a serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. This is far less than many orthodox medical treatments.” (

What does Acupuncture feel like?

Acupuncture needles are tiny and are often not even felt by the patient. There may be some tingling, warmth, heaviness or a feeling of movement. Many people find acupuncture extremely relaxing and are able to fall asleep during treatment. If acupuncture is uncomfortable for you, it may be that an herbal formula is what you need.

Why Spring and Autumn?

Spring and Autumn symbolizes the cyclical aspects of nature. Humans are an important part of nature. Bringing you back into balance with the cycles of nature, such as the seasons, is key to bringing you health, happiness and longevity.

The Spring and Autumn Period 春秋時代 (pinyin: Chūn qiū shí dài) was a period of chinese history from 771 to 476 BCE, named after the Spring and Autumn Annals which documented the history of the state of Lu during the Zhou dynasty. The phrase Spring and Autumn indicated the time period of one year. The seasonal cycle was symbolically important to the Chinese of that period and vital to the naturalistic medical system they created — the same system we use here at Spring and Autumn.

What is Qi?

Pronounced chee, Qi is the energy that moves blood, powers muscle contractions, communicates throughout the body and is a necessary ingredient for life. Qi travels through the channels and maintains a person’s health. Qi may correlate with the proper function of mitochondria in the cells.

What kind of needles do you use?

Only sterile, disposable needles are used.

How much do Chinese Herbs cost?

Chinese Herbs can cost between 10 and 40 dollars for a two week supply. At Spring and Autumn, we are happy to find the price and style of herbal treatment that fits you and your needs.

What should I do before I come in for treatment?

Plan to eat at least an hour before you come in for treatment so you’re not hungry but don’t have a full stomach during the session. Try to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing.

What is Moxa?

Moxa is an herb which is called Mugwort in English and Artemisia in Latin. While we do take it internally, the warming therapy using Mugwort is the most famous. We call it Moxibustion. We burn the herb near the skin to warm the circulation at strategic points. Moxa has always been an integral part of Acupuncture; the Chinese word for Acupuncture, 針灸 Zhēn Jiǔ, actually means Acupuncture and Moxibustion.