FAQs

Does acupuncture hurt?

Most patients have stated that there is little or no pain. Very fine, single-use sterile needles are used.

How many treatments will I need?

Usually, a series of treatments is necessary to resolve a condition. Each case and condition is treated individually and every person responds to treatment differently. Treatment course depends on a number of different factors that can be discussed during your initial consultation and treatment.

What do I wear?

It is recommended that you wear loose, comfortable clothing for your treatment. A gown may be provided, if needed.

What happens during a treatment?

The initial consultation usually takes up to 90 minutes. During that time, there is a thorough discussion about your health history, current health status, and goals, along with an acupuncture treatment. An acupuncture treatment consists of needle insertion and then a resting period of approximately 25 minutes. The needles are removed and the treatment is over.

Follow-up treatments are usually no longer than 60 minutes and consist of a shorter conversation and an acupuncture treatment. Other healing modalities such as tuina, guasha, or cupping may be utilized during this time, as needed.

Is it safe?

Yes. Complications are low if you are being treated by a competent, licensed acupuncturist. Licensed acupuncturists have received thousands of hours of training to learn proper, effective needle technique. In the United States, licensed acupuncturists are required to be certified in “Clean Needle Technique,” which is a national safety standard for medical professionals.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects are minimal but may include slight bruising, bleeding, and possibly dizziness. Soreness and fatigue may also occur.

How long does it last?

Everyone responds differently to acupuncture and the lasting effects of treatment will vary person to person.

Are the needles sterile?

Yes. The needles are single-use, disposable and sterile.

Do you take insurance?

No. At this time we do not accept insurance, workers compensation, or bill for auto or personal injury claims.

Acupuncture is considered “preventative” and reimbursable under most Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). It is also covered under many Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and may be an eligible tax deduction. Please check with your health plan or speak with a tax advisor for more information.

What can acupuncture treat?

Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and others) to nausea, migraine headaches, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility.

In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) released a report called “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials.” In that report, they listed conditions that they think acupuncture can effectively help treat.

Below is a list of some of the conditions listed in the report. Acupuncture can also be effective for many other conditions not included in this list. Please call for a free telephone consultation if you have any questions about these or other conditions and how acupuncture may help.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Insomnia
  • Headache and migraine
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Facial palsy
  • Paresis following stroke
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Intercostal neuralgia
  • Disc problems
  • Irritable bowel and colitis
  • Constipation and diarrhea
  • Acute and chronic colitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • PMS
  • Infertility
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Menopause
  • Irregular menstruation