FAQ

1. What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can treat a wide range of conditions which are recognized by the National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization.

For more information please visit:  nccam.nih.gov/health/acupuncture

Disorders of the Bones, Muscles, Joints and Nervous System:Pain Management Arthritis, headaches, neuralgia, dizziness, back, neck, and shoulder pains, tendonitis, sports injuries, fibromyalgia, sciatica, muscular atrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and Lupus. Gynecological Disorders and Infertility: Irregular, heavy or painful menstruation, PMS, menopausal symptoms, uterine fibroids, and morning sickness. Chinese medicine can also treat both male and female infertility and is shown to increase the efficacy when used in conjunction with western treatments such as IVF. Gastrointestinal Disorders : food allergies, ulcers, diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia, gastritis, bloating, and acid reflux.Emotional and Psychological Disorders :anxiety, depression, stress, and insomnia.
Urogenital Disorders:stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, and sexual dysfunction Circulatory Disorders:Hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, edema, and anemia. Respiratory Disorders: Asthma, emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies, bronchitis, colds and flu. Smoking Cessation/Addiction/Weight Loss:Acupuncture can be helpful in reducing cravings associated with addiction as well as supporting the body in the detoxification process.Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders, Supportive Therapy For immune compromised individuals as well as patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy,General Health and Preventive Medicine :Acupuncture can also be used to maintain general well-being in healthy individuals and help the body operate at its optimal level. Chinese medicine is a holistic approach which works to prevent illness rather than simply treat symptoms

2. Does acupuncture hurt?
Most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing. The acupuncture needles are very thin, about the size of a hair. With proper insertion the needles should not hurt. People can feel a range of sensations once the needles are inserted – these can include feeling achy, itchy, numbness, heat, tingling, or heaviness. These sensations are referred to as “Qi” sensations.

3. Do you accept insurance?
We do not currently accept insurance but can provide you with a superbill which may submit to your insurance company and you may get reimbursed depending on your particular policy. You should check with your insurance provider to see what they will cover. Acupuncture is also covered under flex spending accounts.

4. What is an acupuncture treatment like?
An initial visit usually takes 1.5 to 2 hours. There is an extensive consultation to find out information about the chief health issue or reason for seeking treatment. In addition, there will be a full health history to gather other relevant information including diet, lifestyle, and a physical exam as appropriate to the case. The acupuncturist will also look at the tongue and take the pulse in order to establish a diagnosis for treatment based on Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Then, needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points and are retained for around 20 minutes.

Follow-up treatments usually last around 1 hour.

5. Are the needles clean?
Yes. All needles are sterile and disposable. Needles are thrown away into a sharps container after they have been used.

6. How many treatments will I need?
This can vary from person to person. People often have results after the first treatment. Chronic conditions usually require more treatments. In general, the more acute a condition, the more rapidly it will respond to treatment.

7. How will I feel after the treatment?
This can vary based on the person and the condition for which they are being treated. People usually feel very relaxed after acupuncture treatments. Others may feel energized and revitalized after a treatment.

8. Does acupuncture have side effects?
Generally speaking, acupuncture is safe and does not have any known side effects. Acupuncture will not interfere with other medications, but it very important to inform the practitioner of any prescription medicines or supplements you are taking.