Frequently Asked Questions
DOES INSURANCE COVER ACUPUNCTURE?
Sometimes. It depends on your provider.
DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
We currently take Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Heathcare, and
DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
While not completely painless, acupuncture is totally unlike getting an
injection. Acupuncture needles are very thin, ranging from 0.16 mm to
0.35 mm in width, so you feel only a pinch as they go in – if anything at
all. After a needle is placed, you may feel a heavy sensation in the local
area. Sometimes a sensation is felt in a place distant to the point of
insertion immediately after the needle is put in.
DO YOU REUSE NEEDLES?
Certainly not! They are sterile out of the package and disposed of after
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL IT TAKE TO MAKE ME BETTER?
That depends. Sometimes an acute condition can be cured after one
treatment. Many times it takes longer. This all depends on how long
you've had the condition, your over-all state of health, and whether or
not your lifestyle contributes to your illness. Usually by the fourth
treatment, you will begin to notice some changes in your health.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I RECEIVE ACUPUNCTURE?
At least once a week in the beginning. Acupuncture works by prompting
the body to maintain its various physiological functionings in a way that's
more in tune to a healthful state.
For example, if you're being treated for chronic constipation, points that
increase peristalsis and balance fluid absorption will be needled. In the
beginning, your body will need consistent reminders to alter its digestive
process. Once these changes happen, treatments can be scaled back to
every two weeks or more for maintenance.
HOW SHOULD I DRESS FOR A TREATMENT?
It's best to wear loose-fitting clothing if you're not comfortable being in
WILL I HAVE ANY SIDE EFFECTS FROM AN ACUPUNCTURE
Side effects are rare and typically include bruising at the site of insertion
or the continued sensation of the needle after it has been pulled out.
More often than not, the "side effects" to look out for are alleviation of
your symptoms, deeper sleep and a calmer state of mind.
WILL ACUPUNCTURE INTERFERE WITH THE MEDICATION I'M
Quite the contrary. Acupuncture may help your body metabolize your
medicine more effectively, as well as alleviate any side effects.
Acupuncture is a physical medicine. You are not adding anything
chemical to your system that might block or enhance the metabolic
pathways your medication utilizes. Instead, it works by normalizing the
way your body functions.
I HAVE A FEAR OF NEEDLES (A CONDITION KNOWN AS
BELONEPHOBIA). CAN I STILL BE HELPED?
Yes. In your case, acupressure, tui na (a form of medical massage),
cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, laser acupuncture, and electrotherapy
would be used.
DO YOU PRESCRIBE HERBS?
Not yet. But we can refer you to someone who can.