Does acupuncture hurt?
Some claim that acupuncture is painless, but we prefer to say that it depends. While needles can usually be applied in a way that is pain-free, this is not always the best or fastest route towards reaching your health goals. If mild pain, pricking or other similar sensations are an issue, let your practitioner know so they can take this into account when developing your treatment plan and applying your needles.
What if I’m afraid of needles?
Acupuncture needles are super thin, and a treatment feels nothing like a hypodermic injection from your doctor. We work with new patients every day and some are not so keen on needles. Just let us know how you feel and we’ll make sure you are comfortable. Once they give it a try, most people find acupuncture extremely relaxing.
Do you accept insurance for acupuncture treatments?
No, we don’t accept insurance. However, we will provide a superbill that you may submit to your insurance for reimbursement.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is very safe when performed by a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.). If anyone knows how safe acupuncture is, it’s the insurance companies. The minimal cost of our malpractice insurance speaks volumes about the safety of this medicine. All acupuncture needles are single use, disposable needles.
Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?
YES! Acupuncture is completely safe during pregnancy, and is proven to be extremely beneficial and effective. In the first trimester it helps to maintain a pregnancy, nourish the body and alleviates early symptoms such as fatigue, nausea and heartburn
Are there any side effects?
One of the great advantages of acupuncture is that it is very safe. Other than an occasional bruise, there are no side effects.
How long is a session?
It truly depends on the patient’s condition and complexity of the case. Average needle retention is 20-25 minutes.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of procedures you will need will vary based on your specific condition, the amount of time you’ve had it, etc.
Where do the needles go?
Needles are placed at specific acupuncture points on the body. Depending on the specific condition the needles commonly are placed at or below the elbows, and at or below the knees. Other common areas are on the back, abdomen and ears.