Here are some common questions about acupuncture.
How many treatments will I need?
Usually, a course of treatments are necessary to achieve results. Each case is treated individually. An initial consultation is required to determine your treatment plan. For acute conditions a course includes 3 treatments. For chronic conditions we recommend a course of 5 treatments to start. Our goal is to help you resolve your condition in as few treatments as possible.
What are the goals of a treatment plan?
Do acupuncture needles hurt?
Are there any side effects to acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a natural medicine and the side effects are actually positive. You may notice a better ability to handle stress, improved sleep, improved digestion, and you may notice an improved outlook on life. While rare, risks involve bruising at the site of insertion, organ puncture, and nerve damage. For this reason, it is important to seek out a well-trained, professional, licensed and board certified acupuncturist.
How many needles do you use in a session?
Are the needles sterile?
Yes. We practice -and are nationally certified- in Clean Needle Technique. As per state regulations needles are disposed of after each use.
Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?
No. Veterinary acupuncture works on animals successfully all the time, who as far as a we know, don’t hold a belief system around medicine. Of course, the placebo effect can positively influence the outcome. So, if you feel positive about your course of treatment, that will aide in your recovery process, just as fear may slow your process down. Please speak with us about any concerns you may have about acupuncture and East Asian Medicine.
Is acupuncture safe?
Do you practice Chinese herbs?
I use external liniments, herbs, and plasters to help speed healing times for injuries. If you require extensive internal herbs, I refer to my colleagues who specialize in this area. I focus on Orthopedic and Gentle Japanese Acupuncture– an integrative combination of bodywork and acupuncture– as that is my area of expertise.
Should I consult with my physician regarding getting acupuncture treatments?
It is advisable to inform your physician about any treatment that you are seeking and it is also important to have a list of medications and supplements that you are taking available during your first consultation. We regularly refer with physicians and work as part of integrative care teams.
Will my acupuncture treatment be covered through my insurance?
Some insurance companies cover acupuncture treatments and they stipulate that the practitioner be NCCAOM certified. I am a NCCAOM National Diplomate. In addition, a majority of flexible spending plans will cover acupuncture. It is recommended to call your insurance carrier to verify coverage. If you have reimbursement coverage we will provide you with a superbill so you may obtain reimbursement from your insurance carrier.