FAQs

What conditions do you treat?

Chinese medicine can effectively treat a wide range of health concerns. The World Health Organization has identified numerous conditions for which acupuncture, in controlled clinical trials, was found an effective treatment modality. For a list of commonly treated conditions and a link to the original publication... Read On.

Is acupuncture painful?

Acupuncture is usually painless though you may feel an occasional pinching sensation upon insertion of the needles. The needles are extremely thin, unlike the hollow hypodermic needles that are used for drawing blood or administering medicine. In fact, the needles are so thin they generally don't even tear the tissue, but rather navigate between your cells, veins, arteries, and nerves without injury. Once these tiny needles are placed in specific points along the meridians of your body, you may begin to feel a slight pressure or dull aching at the point of insertion. You may also feel a sensation of movement within your body. Most patients find it a relaxing and restful experience.

How many treatments will I need?

Each person has a different health history and recovery capacity, so it's difficult to make a blanket statement about a treatment protocol - even two people suffering from the same condition will require a unique course of treatment. This much can be said: Acupuncture is a form of therapy, so it's rare that only one treatment will be able to alleviate your symptoms. Acute conditions usually require fewer sessions, typically 3-5 treatments. Chronic, stubborn ailments will take more time.

Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?

Acupuncture is safe during pregnancy and is a natural alternative therapy for many adverse symptoms of pregnancy such as morning sickness, back pain, fatigue, constipation, preeclampsia, and gestational diabetes. There are certain acupuncture points that are contraindicated during pregnancy. A licensed acupuncturist will know exactly which acupuncture points to avoid. That's why it's important to let your acupuncturist know if you are pregnant, or if you think you might be.

Do you accept insurance?

Insurance is accepted with advanced verification of coverage. Please fill out the insurance verification form if you would like to see if your plan covers acupuncture.