Frequently Asked Questions
• Does acupuncture hurt?
Not usually. You may feel it, but not necessarily with pain.
• What might I feel during a treatment?
What a patient usually feels is his/her own qi (pronounced “chee) and a deep sense of relaxation. Often
the sensation is a warm rush of qi, or perhaps a cool rush, a temporary, dull, achy sensation or one may
feel a movement in the foot when the hand is needled and the qi moves further along its pathway.
It is actually common for the patient to not feel the needle at all as it enters through the skin.
• How many treatments will an issue take to resolve?
That is hard to say definitively. My goal is to help you feel better as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Every person is unique and each person is treated as such, with individual results. The time
recommendation will vary with the condition and what I have experienced in practice.
• Treatments are so relaxing, can I come in just to feel good?
Absolutely! This medicine is very good for stress management and prevention of disease. Often, a
treatment will take one into a deep state of relaxation and begin to unwind the stresses of our lives.
A treatment can lower blood pressure, release endorphins and “calm the spirit.”
• What if I want to meet you and ask questions before committing to treatment?
Wonderful! I offer free ½ hour consultations by appointment. This gives you an opportunity to meet me
in person and chat about your concerns.
• What is qi?
Qi is our own life force. Some say qi is an electro-magnetic force; some say it is biochemical in nature.
Regardless, qi is real, can be felt, and has a clear effect on our emotions and physical body.
• How does qi become blocked or out of balance?
Any unhealthy substance, whether internal or external, can affect qi. Imbalances happens by eating
modified or unhealthy food, ingesting toxic air or water, by contact with contagious or infectious
diseases, by repetitive stress or traumatic injuries, emotional disturbances and invasions of
• How big are the needles?
They vary in length and diameter, but are usually about the diameter a human hair. They are
relatively tiny, very pliable and are solid, not hollow.
• Are the needles re-used?
Absolutely not. All needles are required by law to be sterile and used only one time. They are then
disposed of in a safe, legally defined manner.
Kari integrates technical skill and knowledge with profound warmth, humor, and compassion, creating a healing experience in which I was able to access and activate the innate wisdom of my body, mind, and spirit.
-Teri Ellen Westra
As a (practitioner) of Chinese medicine, Kari Knapstad had been extremely helpful in helping me to overcome migraines. She has also helped me with extreme shoulder pain. Through acupuncture treatments, she kept it from turning into a frozen shoulder and eliminated the pain altogether. I had suffered from migraine headaches for over 20 years. I needed to stop taking the over the counter drugs for migraines (Imitrex) so I sought alternative ways to help.
When I first saw Kari as a patient, I was getting 2 or 3 migraines a week. Unlike with a medical Dr I felt un-rushed and heard. One of the things I appreciate most about Kari is that she didn't want to just give me a pill to only cover the pain. She took extensive notes and asked me many questions. I have been to many MDs who have had me fill out long forms that they took a quick glance at then never looked at it again. Kari determined that I had been suffering from 5 different types of migraine headaches. She taught me how to recognize each one and taught me how I could stop the migraine before it grabbed hold. When getting a treatment, she was always successful in eliminating the pain. It is very important to me not to have to use prescription drugs mainly because of the terrible side effects. Currently I get only occasional migraines, maybe two a month due to having severe scoliosis and I no longer take Imitrex at all. Because I have lived in many places, I have seen at least 6 different acupuncturists. Kari is by far the best acupuncturist I have ever been to.
Having a four-year-old son, it is crucial to me to have good health. Kari has helped me to achieve that and I am extremely grateful.