What is acupuncture?

A medical practice that began in China over 5,000 years ago utilizing fine needles inserted into specific acupoints on the body.  These needles are sterile,  disposable and never reused.  The points chosen are based on the person’s constitution and the symptoms they are experiencing—each treatment is individualized.  Stimulating these points has been shown to bring the body back into balance by treating the root of the problem rather than masking the symptoms.  Acupuncture is a very natural, drug free form of medicine that people find very relaxing.  In China acupuncturists are paid to keep the patient well—preventive medicine being the key to health.

How does this differ from Chinese Medicine?

Acupuncture is just the most common branch of Chinese Medicine which also encompasses herbal medicine, dietary therapy, cupping, tuina (asian bodywork), moxibustion (heat therapy) and guasha (gentle scraping on the skin).  Any of these modalities may be utilized during your treatment.

Does it hurt?

The sensation felt when the needle is inserted varies per individual and treatment.  The majority of people would say it is painless, some report feeling a little pinch or a dull ache when the needle is inserted but nothing compared to getting a shot or giving blood.  The needles are very fine—about as thick as a human hair.  Most people report feeling extremely relaxed and some don’t notice the needles at all.

Is it safe?

The needles are sterile, disposable and used only once so chance of infection is very low.  The most common negative response to acupuncture is slight bruising, which doesn’t occur frequently.

What should I expect during a treatment?

The practitioner will start with a health questionnaire and a comprehensive intake.  A treatment plan will then be discussed with the patient allowing time for questions.  Herbal or dietary suggestions are often made at this time as well.  We then move into the treatment room where you will lie comfortably on a massage table and the prescribed treatment will be carried out.  Generally each treatment concludes with a bit of body work to relax and stimulate the body simultaneously.

Do you accept insurance?

While few insurance plans cover acupuncture, most Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Plans include acupuncture in their covered services. Check with your account administrator to find out the details of your coverage. If cost is keeping you from trying acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, please discuss a payment options with our office prior to scheduling, we don't want to keep anyone from utilizing this valuable medicine.