Is acupuncture safe?
Yes! For over 5,000 years, acupuncture has been used as a natural way to get well and stay healthy. In 1996 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture when done by a Licensed Acupuncturist using only sterile, non toxic, disposable needles.
Do the needles hurt?
Typically, acupuncture does not hurt. Unfortunately many peoples' fear of needles is what keeps them from experiencing this wonderful form of medicine.
Most of the time you will feel nothing as a needle is inserted. Occasionally, you may feel something similar to a bug bite depending on your sensitivity in a particular area. Once the needles are in, some patients experience a feeling of heaviness or gentle throbbing. This sensation is favorable and lets us know that your circulation is increasing around the needle site.
How many treatments do I need?
Each patient and condition is different. Generally, a full course of treatment is considered to be 6-10 visits. That said, this is entirely dependent upon how long the condition has been present and how quickly you respond to the treatment.
Does insurance cover acupuncture?
Most insurance companies do cover acupuncture without a referral or prescription from your doctor. However, since each insurance plan is unique we'll need to verify your benefits before confirming that your treatment will be covered. If for any reason you are not covered, we would be happy to provide you with a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
How long will my appointment take?
The initial consultation and first treatment will usually take about 1 hour. Follow up visits will last approximately 45 minutes.