Frequently Asked Questions

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WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

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Acupuncture is a documented medical practice with more than 2,000 years of documented history. There are some indications that it has been practiced for up to 5,000 years. The basis of acupuncture is that illness comes from the body being out of balance and that it can be returned to balance with the stimulation of specific points on the body.

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HOW SAFE IS ACUPUNCTURE?

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FDA approved acupuncture needles are factory sterilized and disposed of after use. Needles have no coating on them and do not contain any substance. Licensed acupuncturists are fully trained in anatomy and acupuncture point location, maximizing your safety.

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ARE NEEDLES INSERTED INTO NERVES?

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No. It is a common misconception that acupuncture involves inserting needles into nerves. Typically, needles are inserted into safe areas within the skin and muscles avoiding nerves, veins and arteries, and vital organs.

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DOES INSURANCE COVER ACUPUNCTURE?

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Please refer to our Insurance page for more information on insurance coverage.

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WHAT WILL YOU FEEL?

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Acupuncture needles are less than 1/10th the thickness of the typical hypodermic needle. When inserted, you may experience a variety of sensations including: a heaviness, achiness, warmth or tingling near the acupuncture point. Most people find the overall experience relaxing both during and after the treatment. In fact, many people fall asleep during a treatment.

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DO THE NEEDLES HURT?

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Acupuncture needles are MUCH thinner and more flexible than you probably imagined … so fine in fact that the reason you barely feel them being inserted is that they actually slide through the pores of your skin, and the depth to which they are inserted is very close to the surface. They are much smaller than the width of the opening of a standard hypodermic needle.

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WHAT IS ELECTO-STIMULATION?

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Electrostimulation uses small electrodes attached to acupuncture needles to send an electrical impulse into the muscle. It is most often used for musculoskeletal pain and paralysis. The acupuncturist will insert 2-6 needles in an area and attach electrodes. You will feel a mild pulsing in time with the electrical impulse. It is not painful or uncomfortable. If you experience pain or discomfort, advise your acupuncturist, who will adjust the strength of the impulse to a more comfortable setting. Electrostimulation is not always used and of course you may always decline the use of it. Also, electrostim is NOT used on patients with pacemakers.

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WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

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Dress comfortably for your acupuncture treatment. Loose fitting clothing should be fine. You’ll be lying on a table for about 1/2 an hour; blankets are provided for those who get cold easily. Or, we’ll heat the table for you.

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WHERE DOES THE ACUPUNCTURIST PUT THE NEEDLES?

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Placement of the needles depends on your condition and will vary from one visit to another depending on your condition and the progress we make. Typically, we use about 6-10 needles per treatment. While there are acupuncture points all over the body, we mostly use points from the knees and elbows down, the outside of the ear and the top of the head.

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HOW LONG WILL A TREATMENT TAKE?

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A treatment itself lasts about 1/2 an hour, when needed, more time is taken to discuss the details of your situation. For an initial consultation, plan for 1 full hour for us to gather your health history, to create a treatment plan specific to your condition, and your initial treatment.

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ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS?

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After a treatment you should rest and drink extra water. Most people feel very relaxed and energized after an acupuncture treatment. It is possible you may experience a small bruise where a needle was inserted. If you experience any pain, large bruises, swelling, difficulty breathing, or dizziness after an acupuncture treatment, advise your practitioner or doctor immediately. While most of these symptoms are harmless it is always a good idea to check with your healthcare provider.