There are many questions surrounding acupuncture and Asian medicine. Check the list of questions and answers below to see if some of your questions might be on the list. Of course, your practitioner will be available to answer any other questions that may arise.
Does acupuncture hurt?
No! Acupuncture uses the smallest gauge needles available, some as fine as the width of a human hair. Sometimes, a very small prick sensation is felt when the needle first pierces the skin, but this feeling lasts less than one second. Commonly, an aching sensation is felt after the needles are in, and this is a good feeling because this is the sensation of Qi (chi).
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture uses very small needles to stimulate points called acu-points that tell the body how to use its own resources to rebalance and heal itself.
What conditions can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture has been proven to successfully treat almost all conditions. Many times, conditions that are considered “difficult to treat” with mainstream medicine can be successfully treated with acupuncture. To see a comprehensive list from the WHO, click here.
How many treatments will I need?
This answer will vary from patient to patient based on the symptoms and how chronic the condition is. Almost always, several treatments will be needed to see a significant improvement in the symptoms. Your practitioner will discuss with you during the free consultation how many treatments she thinks you will need. You should plan to commit to at least five to six treatments before leaving the treatment plan.
Can children get acupuncture?
Absolutely! Children can actually benefit much better from acupuncture than adults because their bodies have such strong internal resources already. Sometimes acupuncture isn’t even necessary, and just gentle stimulation of the acu-points can improve the child’s condition.
Do I have to take Chinese herbs or supplements?
You will not be required to take Chinese herbs or dietary supplements. Your practitioner may recommend that you take them because they can continue the effectiveness of the treatment outside of the treatment room. All Chinese herbs and dietary supplements that could be recommended are all sourced from the highest quality products and have science based research to explain their effectiveness.
Will insurance cover my acupuncture treatment?
Many insurance companies will cover acupuncture, or part of an acupuncture treatment. It is always best to call your insurance provider and ask if they cover acupuncture treatments for your specific condition. Please let your practitioner know that you’d like to use your insurance coverage and we will get the ball rolling.