What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice that entails stimulating certain points on the body, most often with a needle penetrating the skin, to alleviate pain or to help treat various health conditions.

Why does acupuncture work?

The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Acupuncture therapy can release blocked qi in the body and stimulate function, evoking the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems.

What does acupuncture treat

 Acupuncture has been cited by the World Health Organization to treat 43 conditions including:

Autoimmune Disease
Pain/Musculoskeletal Pain
Colds & Flu
Carpal Tunnel
Gynecological disorders

National Institute of Health Conference (NIH) found Acupuncture effective for adult post-operative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting; a reasonable option for post-operative myofascial and low back pain; should be a part of a comprehensive program for asthma.  Additionally it has substantially lower incidence of adverse effects than many drugs or accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions.  The data in support of acupuncture are as strong as for many accepted Western medical therapies.

Clinical Research (NIH) demonstrates that Acupuncture

Stimulates bone regrowth
Regulates blood pressure
Increases red and white blood cell count

Does does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are solid needles, not hollow like hypodermic needles, and they are much, much thinner – about the diameter of a thick human hair. Patients often have sensations during the treatment, which is the qi (or energy) moving or the opening of a channel that has been blocked.

How long is the treatment?

An initial visit lasts 90 minutes. The subsequent visit is about 45 minutes.  PLEASE CONFIRM>>>

Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

Some insurance companies will reimburse for acupuncture treatments. Consult your insurance provider to determine the terms of coverage of your policy. If your policy includes acupuncture benefits, we will provide you with an insurance coded receipt that you may submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Is an acupuncturist a doctor?

In the broad sense of the word, yes, an acupuncturist is a doctor. Acupuncturists diagnose and treat disease, as does a western medical doctor or chiropractor. However, the term ‘doctor’ also includes those who have been formally educated at the doctorate level.

Can I address more than one health issue at a time with acupuncture?

Absolutely. Acupuncture often acts like a “re-set button” for the entire body. Often patients who come in for one issue – say for back pain – will notice an improvement in something apparently unrelated, such as a chronic lung problem. This can happen even when the patient doesn’t tell the acupuncturist about the apparently unrelated problem.  Acupuncture also seems to have the side effects of reducing stress and promoting better sleep and more energy.

Do you treat pregnant people?

Yes, acupuncture is effective for many pregnancy-related conditions. Also, there’s a rumor that people who get acupuncture throughout their pregnancy tend to have calm babies.

Do you treat children?

Yes. Acupuncture is often very effective for newborns, children and teens, and many of them love it. We do ask that the child in question is willing to try acupuncture; we don’t want to treat unwilling patients of any age.