FAQs about Acupuncture

Doctor, can acupuncture help my condition?
The best answer will come from an experienced practitioner. The practitioner, based on your medical history, condition, and what other treatments you have been or are receiving, can best help you decide whether acupuncture is suitable by itself or as adjunctive therapy.
We generally tell patients that if their treatment, according to a Western diagnosis with options, isn’t resolving their problems, is quite expensive, or has significant side effects/hassles associated with it, then clearly acupuncture is worth a try.

What can acupuncture do for me and how does it work?
Although acupuncture is well known for effectively treating pain, acupuncture also works well for issues relating to weight, stress, infertility, hormone balance, etc. Traditional acupuncture is based on the flow of Qi (energy) and how well it circulates throughout the body along pathways called meridians. These meridians are connected to specific organs, systems, and structures within the body. If this Qi circulation is interrupted its full potential will be limited, resulting in pain or illness. Acupuncture treatment stimulates certain points to balance the circulation of Qi to improve the whole well being, clearing any energy imbalances within yourself.

Do the needles hurt?
Acupuncture needles are extremely fine, and most people feel only minimal sensation or pressure as the needles are inserted.
Normally, each session takes 50 to 60 minutes. It depends on the sensitivity of each individual and the kind of diseases and conditions.

How long does each session take?
In general speaking, the quality of acupuncture treatment relies on the experience and skill of an acupuncturist. They are combination of diagnosis of symptom, accuracy of acupoints, timing, the depth and angle of insertion, techniques of manipulation, etc.

What should I expect during a treatment?
Acupuncture helps in releasing endorphins into the system, creating a very peaceful, relaxed, and calm feeling.

How many treatments will I need?
While treatment will vary from person to person, for complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several weeks may be recommended. For acute problems, fewer visits are usually required.

Is acupuncture safe?
Yes. There is no risk of infection, as all needles are sterilized, used only once and then disposed of in a medical Sharps container.

Will acupuncture interfere with my medication?
The short answer is no. In most time, You may find your medication working more efficiently since Acupuncture has a tendency to remove blockages and balance the energetic pathways.

Can acupuncture be used on children?
Yes, there are many methods that could be used to effectively treat children’s symptoms, with or without the use of needles.

Is acupuncture a treatment option after a car accident or work injury?
In most cases, the answer is Yes. If you have injuries caused by car accident or work injuries, your auto insurance or work compensation insurance will cover acupuncture treatment most likely. However, you better contact your auto insurance or work insurance company to confirm the acupuncture treatment coverage.

Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?
No. Acupuncture is used successfully on cats, dogs, horses and other animals. These animal patients do not understand or believein the process that helps them get better. A positive attitude toward wellness may reinforce the effects of the treatment received. "I don't know if I really believe in this" will not block the treatment results.

Is acupuncture covered by Insurance?
Some insurance companies currently cover acupuncture costs, other companies do not yet recognize the value of acupuncture. Each health policy must be reviewed to determine acupuncture benefits. More and more insurance companies are recognizing the value of providing coverage for medical acupuncture services. You can help by insisting that your insurance company offer you reimbursement for medically indicated acupuncture treatments before you accept their policy.

Does my insurance cover acupuncture?
You can find out if your insurance provides acupuncture benefits by calling the patient information or benefits line. This number can be found on your insurance card.
If you have trouble contacting your insurance company, you can always bring your insurance card on your first visit and the receptionist will be more than happy to assist you with the rest!

What are Affinity Programs for acupuncture?
If you don't have benefits, you may have what's called an "affinity program". This is an arrangement that the insurance company has with certain acupuncturists to offer their members treatments at a discounted price (usually 15% to 25% discount off regular price).