Frequently Asked Questions

What is Acupuncture?

 

Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay healthy. An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This activates the body's Qi and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health. it can also improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

During the initial exam a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist also may check your pulse and tongue and may conduct a physical exam. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of where Qi has become blocked or imbalanced. After the interview process, you may receive an acupuncture treatment. Visits with your acupuncturist may last from thirty to ninety minutes.

What will my acupuncturist do?

 

Why does my acupuncturist want to feel my pulse?

There are nine pulse positions on each wrist that your acupuncturist will palpate. Each position corresponds to a specific meridian and organ. Your acupuncturist will be looking for twenty-seven individual qualities that reflect overall health, If there are any problems, they may appear in the pulse.

 

Why does my acupuncturist want to look at my tongue?

The tongue is a map of the body. It reflects the general health of the organs and meridians. Your acupuncturist will look at the color, shape, cracks your tongue.

 

How much does it cost?

Rates vary and depend upon what procedures are performed. It is best to consult with your acupuncturist about costs.

 

Will my insurance cover acupuncture?

Insurance coverage varies from state to state. Contact your insurance provider to learn what kind of care is covered. Here are a few questions to ask:

- Will my plan cover acupuncture?

- How many visits per calendar year?

- Do I need a referral?

- Do I have a co-pay?

- Do I have a deductible? If yes, has it been met?

 

How should I prepare?

- Write down and bring any questions you have. We are here to help you.

- Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points.

- Do not eat large meals just before or after your visit.

- Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs or alcohol for up to six hours after the visit.

- Avoid stressful situations. Make time to relax, and be sure to get plenty of rest.

- Between visits, make note of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of pam, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of symptoms.

 

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no negative side effects, just feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once and then discarded.

 

Is acupuncture safe for children?

Yes. In some instances children actually respond more quickly than adults. If your child has an aversion to needles, your acupuncturist may massage the acupuncture points. This is called acupressure or tui na.

 

Why did my acupuncturist recommend herbs?

Herbs can be a powerful adjunct to acupuncture care. They are used to strengthen, build and support the body or to clear it of excess problems like a cold, fever or acute pain. Your practitioner may suggest starting with herbs and then adding acupuncture to your treatment in the future. This is suggested to build up your internal strength so you can receive the full benefits acupuncture has to offer.

 
 

What can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is recognized by leading national and international health organizations to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below are some of the health concerns that acupuncture can help with:

 

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy

  • Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)

  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)

  • Bell's palsy

  • Cancer pain

  • Chronic gastritis

  • Morning sickness

  • Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin dependent

  • Dysmenorrhoea

  • Earache

  • Epistaxis

  • Facial pain

  • Facial spasm

  • Female infertility

  • Fibromyalgia and fasciitis

  • Headache

  • Hepatitis B virus carrier status

  • Herpes zoster

  • Hypertension  

  • Induction of labor

  • Insomnia 

  • Knee pain

  • Leukopenia

  • Low back pain

  • Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic

  • Malposition of fetus

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Neck pain

  • Obesity

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Pain in dentistry

  • Peptic ulcer

  • Periarthritus of shoulder

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome

  • Postoperative Pain

  • Premenstrual syndrome

  • Prostatitis

  • Raynaud syndrome

  • Renal colic

  • Retention of urine, traumatic

  • Rheumatoid arthritus

  • Schizophrenia

  • Sciatica

  • Sore throat (includjng tonsillitis)

  • Spine pain, acute

  • Sprain

  • Stiff neck

  • Stroke

  • TMJ dysfunction

  • Tennis elbow

  • Tobacco dependence

  • Ulcerative colitis, chronic

  • Whooping cough (pertussis)