Frequently Asked Questions
Does acupuncture hurt?
No. Acupuncture needles are a lot smaller than the hypodermic needles your MD uses. Because they neither draw fluid out, nor push fluid in (like a hypodermic needle), acupuncture needles are not hollow, and therefore are incredibly fine - generally no more (and, in same cases, less) than the diameter of a human hair. In fact, as many as 18 acupuncture needles can fit in the lumen (hole) of a standard hypodermic needle.
Often, patients do not even feel acupuncture needles at all, and if they do, the sensation is minimal. Sensations felt usually fade very quickly. It is not uncommon to feel the sensation of Qi, which is generally described as an achy, or heavy sensation. This just means the treatment is working!
What can I expect during a treatment?
During your first acupuncture treatment, you will be thoroughly questioned about your health history and current state of health. After a comprehensive intake, the practitioner will take your vitals, including an examination of your tongue, and your pulse. During the treatment, you will relax in a comfortable position while ultra-thin acupuncture needles are gently applied. Typically, the needles are left in between 15 and 30 minutes, and the patient relaxes. It is not uncommon for people to fall asleep during this process. The practitioner will check on you periodically to assure you are confortable, and relaxed. When the treatment is complete, the practitioner will remove the needles, and discuss your treatment goals. You should feel very relaxed and revitalized after your treatment.
Will my insurance cover it?
Many types of insurance do cover acupuncture, some with limitations on number of visits. It is a good idea to call your insurance company to find out if they offer coverage for acupuncture. If your insurance does not cover, we offer reasonable cash rates.