Commonly asked questions about acupuncture and Oriental Medicine--If your questions aren't answered here please come in for a complimentary consultation so we can talk specifically about your healthcare goals and individual needs, or you can call or text at 804-501-8060.


Does acupuncture hurt?  

Acupuncture in general is not painful, occasionally there will be a point that is tender or has a mosquito bite sensation but Remee is known for her particularly gentle needle technique and often her patients fall asleep during treatment.  She encourages her patients to keep open communication with her during the session and if anything is uncomfortable at anytime needles can be adjusted for comfort.

Does acupuncture work?

Yes,  (check out our testimonials here) for many and most health and emotional disorders.  The mechanism by which acupuncture works varies from person to person as each individual is evaluated in a detailed manner to determine what systems may be out of balance.  This unique approach to diagnostics is why it is of utmost importance to be treated by a Licensed Acupuncturist as this system of diagnosis is only reliably found and board tested by Licensed Acupuncturists with the NCCAOM certification.   

What qualifications do you have to do acupuncture?  Are you NCCAOM certified?

Remee Gemo, L.Ac. MSAOM is a Licensed Acupuncturist and NCCAOM certified as a Diplomate of the National Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).  She completed a 4 year Master's degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at AOMA School of Integrative Medicine, part of Bastyr University having passed national board examinations in Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture and Biomedicine.  Remee is Licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine and has been in practice since 2006.  She maintains her status with continuing education, research, teaching and publishing of acupuncture and oriental medicine topics.  She is co-owner of the Acupuncture Center of Richmond (voted best Alternative Health Center 6 years in a row by Style Weekly) and established the first women's health focused acupuncture and oriental medicine practice in Richmond, VA  Empress Acupuncture and Healing Arts, which has offices in Northside and Southside.  Remee is also the innovator of L.I.F.T. Facial anti-aging acupuncture protocol and professional seminars.

Is Acupuncture safe?

Yes, acupuncture is extremely safe when practiced by NCCAOM certified Licensed Acupuncturists, as they have been given extensive training in anatomy and physiology, thousands of hours of clinical needling experience and are trained in safe and sterile needling procedures.  

What do you treat with acupuncture and Oriental medicine?

Women's Health issues

Fertility Issues

Emotional Issues

Mystery Illnesses

Anti-aging/Facelift Acupuncture

Bell's Palsy

Does acupuncture have side-effects?

The main side effect is extreme relaxation, but on rare occasions, there may be small pea-sized bruises.

How should I prepare for a treatment?  What should I wear?

Before sessions you should have a small snack, acupuncture is more effective if you are not hungry.  Wear loose fitting clothing, sweats, t-shirt and shorts or anything else that gives access to knees and feet, wrists and elbows- you can also bring clothes to change into before your session.  

What can I expect in my first treatment? 

See Remee explain your first visit step by step below




When should I NOT get an acupuncture treatment?

If you are very hungry

If you are inebriated/drunk

If you are on blood thinners

If you are on your period (unless your period is atypical i.e. running long or painful- these symptoms can easily be alleviated with acupuncture)

If you are epileptic or have seizures

If you are in the contagious/feverish part of a having cold / flu /stomach bug etc 

How long is a treatment?

Your first visit is usually an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes, follow up visits are an hour, but if you need an "express" followup visit an acupuncture treatment can be done in half an hour.

Why should I take Chinese herbs?

Chinese herbs are a safe and effective method of providing supportive treatment for your healing when prescribed by .  Remee is also a Chinese herbalist and has had extensive education in formulating herbal prescriptions for your unique set of symptoms, but often she will recommend food therapy as the first form of medicine (fyi many Chinese herbs are also natural foods).

Do you do the same acupuncture points every time?

Remee will assess the state of your health each visit by asking about symptoms, evaluating facial markers of organ function and on occasion checking your tongue for current health status. Your health and state of wellness change daily like the weather so an acupuncture points used will change according to symptoms, energy levels, facial and tongue diagnosis, what part of your hormonal cycle you are in, as well as emotional state.

Do you treat men?