Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture does not hurt. western scientists have discovered that acupuncture has a calming and pain reducing effect by causing the release of endorphins and opiod-like chemicals in the brain. The needles are so thin that several acupuncture needles can fit inside the opening of a standard hypodermic needle.

2. How does acupuncture work?

The insertion of needles into specific points on the body and the use of specific techniques allow the practitioner to adjust the bioelectric current of the body. These changes stimulate a number of biochemical processes which helps the body to restore balance. The specific effects are designed by the practitioner in the form of a “point prescription” which is tailored to individual patient needs.

3. How many treatments will I need?

This depends upon the extent to which the body is out of balance as well as factors including age, lifestyle, stress level, and diet. Acupuncture can resolve chronic pain from years old injuries, however, this will take more treatments than a recently sprained ankle. Additionally, all people are unique. Each person heals at a different rate. After the first few treatments is easy for the practitioner and patient to have some idea of how long the process will take.

4. Do you take insurance?

Many insurance companies are starting to cover all or a portion of acupuncture treatments. Check with your provider, we will provide you with the necessary paperwork to file for reimbursement. At the present time, we are a fee-for-service clinic.

5. What kind of training does an acupuncturist have?

Acupuncture should only be performed by licensed acupuncturists. Fully licensed acupuncturists who are NCCAOM certified have taken a minimum of 2,625 hours of coursework and clinical training. Ask your acupuncturist if they are NCCAOM certified. MD’s and chiropractors can become licensed after far fewer training hours because of their prior medical experience.

6. What can I expect from my first visit?

The first visit typically requires two hours. A comprehensive interview of the patient is followed by an acupuncture treatment. Needles are inserted and retained for approximately 20 minutes. At your second treatment you will receive a proposed treatment plan, prioritizing treatment methods to achieve resolution of any current problems and prevention of any tendencies for future concerns.

7. How many treatments will I need?

This is dependent upon the severity and duration of the illness as well as the age and health of the patient. After your first few treatments it will become clear how your body responds to acupuncture and what length and course of treatment will be needed.

8. What services do you provide?

In addition to acupuncture we provide:

  • electracupuncture
  • gua sha
  • cupping
  • tui na massage
  • ear seeds
  • herbal remedies
  • natural supplements
  • dietary advice and lifestyle recommendations
  • educational materials