Frequently asked questions

Is Acupuncture Safe?


Yes! When performed by a qualified licensed practitioner, acupuncture is one of the safest treatment options available. Acupuncture is a natural therapy with virtually no negative side effects. Acupuncture needle regulations are extremely strict and do not contain any pharmaceutical agents. Acupuncture needles are pre-sterilized, flexible, stainless steel, disposable, and similar in appearance to a human hair or piece of thread.




What does acupuncture feel like and does acupuncture hurt?


Many who experience acupuncture especially notice and feel reassured seeing how fine and thin each needle is. Due to each needles thin nature and the proficiency of our practitioner’s, many patients express how virtually painless each experience can be. Many don’t even feel the needle on insertion and often find the session very relaxing.




How long does a treatment session take?


While individual treatment times can vary depending on the specific treatment done as well as the severity of the condition treated, an average treatment will last roughly 75-90 minutes. Please allow for an extended treatment time for your first visit as there will be some paperwork to fill out and some first visit procedures to go through.




How many times do I need to come in for treatment?


The number of treatments needed will truly depend on the condition treated. Because each case will differ in its presentation and severity, the amount of treatments will be decided upon the design of a personalized treatment plan. Many often find acupuncture treatments carry a cumulative effect and notice greater and greater benefits as they move through their treatment plans.




Are the needles safe?


Absolutely. Pre-sterilized acupuncture needles are manufactured, packaged, and shipped in sterilized containers. Disposable stainless steel needles do not contain any pharmaceutical agents.




Can I receive acupuncture if I am receiving another form of treatment or taking medications?


Absolutely. Acupuncture is a powerful system that can work either as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with other treatments in a fully integrative approach.




How should I prepare for my first treatment?


To ensure the most pleasant and relaxing experience, please: • Try to arrive 15-20 minutes early to complete new patient paperwork • Wear loose fitting clothing for first treatment • Eat something roughly an hour prior to treatment to avoid going through an entire treatment on an empty stomach




Can I still have acupuncture treatment if I am pregnant?


Prenatal acupuncture has been used for centuries to promote a healthy pregnancy for both the expectant mother as well as the baby. Prenatal treatments are very safe and often used to strengthen the mother’s body and keep her system in balance through her entire pregnancy.




Should I keep my appointment if I’m sick?


Absolutely. Acupuncture can be a wonderful treatment for the symptoms many experience when going through the common cold or the flu. Treatments can often times also relieve the severity of an illness.




Can I still get acupuncture if I am healthy?


Yes. Acupuncture is a medicine that places an emphasis on a healthy lifestyle and prevention. Many will look to acupuncture to optimize and maintain their systems physically, mentally, and emotionally.




I have had acupuncture before and it didn’t work for me. Why should I try it again?


Due to acupuncture’s cumulative effect, some desired responses that patients look for may not be immediately evident in treatment. Some treatments may require more than a few visits before the desired result is achieved. Furthermore, each practitioner and practice style will be completely unique and therefore, can offer completely different results.




Do you accept insurance?


Most insurance companies have recognized the value of acupuncture and have begun offering coverage for acupuncture services. While we participate with most of the plans that offer coverage, individual benefits will depend on each plan. Please do not hesitate to contact our office should you have any questions regarding your insurance plan.





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