Acupuncture FAQs

Acupuncture FAQs


What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient healing art that has been practiced continuously in Asia for over 2,000 years.  Acupuncture promotes natural healing based on the theory that the body, given optimal conditions, can heal itself.  Using very small, sterile, disposable needles, acupuncture enhances the proper flow of the body’s energy pathways to restore balance to the body, mind and spirit.  Blocks in the flow of the body’s energy (called qi, pronounced “chee”) are believed to lead to physical and emotional symptoms.  It’s a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of symptoms.

What symptoms/conditions can be treated with acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been proven to effectively treat a wide variety of symptoms, conditions and illnesses.  More and more clinical research is proving that acupuncture is a very successful health modality.  Some of the conditions that acupuncture can effectively treat are:


    • Addiction
    • Anxiety
    • Arthritis
    • Asthma
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Colitis/Crohn’s disease
    • Colds
    • Depression
    • Digestive issues
    • Facial palsy
    • Fertility
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Headaches/migraines
    • Irritable bowel syndrome
    • Joint pain
    • Low back pain
    • Menstrual issues/menopause symptoms
    • Pain
    • PMS
    • Rhinitis/allergies
    • Sciatica
    • Sleep issues
    • Stress


How does acupuncture work?

This is a great mystery for Western medicine.  Some believe that acupuncture works on the endocrine system.  Others believe that it increases dopamine.  Whatever the reason, it works!

How many times do I have to come before my symptoms improve?

Each person and their symptoms are unique.  Different symptoms, conditions and illnesses will respond differently based on a multitude of factors, including how long the condition has been bothersome and the severity.  Most people start to notice changes within 6 to 8 treatments.  Often, other minor irritating symptoms will also show improvement as the body’s energy increases and flows more smoothly.   For optimal results, I recommend weekly treatments for the first 6-8 weeks, depending on your symptoms.  After the initial weekly treatments, subsequent treatments will be gradually spread out to bi-weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, and possibly, seasonally.  The goal is for you to become the expert on your body and your symptoms so that you will know when you need a treatment.

Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

Some insurance companies are now covering acupuncture treatments, mostly for pain-related conditions.  Call your insurance company to verify whether acupuncture is covered or not.  I can provide you with the necessary documentation to submit for reimbursement, should your insurance company cover treatments.


Does it hurt?

The needles used in acupuncture are solid.  Since they do not have to transmit fluids like a hypodermic needle (used at your doctor’s office for routine vaccinations or to draw blood), they can be very small.  Most people feel a small pinch when the needle is inserted into the skin.  After that, sensations vary from an “electric” zing, a heaviness, a sensation of movement, or a spreading warmth.  Any discomfort is usually very short-lived.

What can I expect during a treatment?

Your first treatment will include a complete medical and social history, an oriental physical exam, and a needle treatment.  This generally will take an hour and a half to two hours.  For subsequent treatments, you and I will have a brief conversation to discuss how your symptoms are progressing, followed by a needle treatment.  Treatments generally last around an hour.

Make an appointment today to experience the benefits you (and your family) could get from acupuncture!