Frequently Asked Questions

Questions About Acupuncture

Why should I consider acupuncture? Our patients seek us out for relief assistance of various conditions including pain, stress, digestive disorders, arthritis, and more. In times of wellness, we recommend combinations of therapies to maintain a proper balance, and achieve goals such as safe weight loss and smoking cessation. We welcome your questions, so please ask.

Questions People Often Ask About Acupuncture Therapy

Does acupuncture hurt?

For the treatments to be effective, you are actually expected to feel some sensations after the acupuncture needles have been placed, but few would call it pain. The sensation signals the stimulation of Qi – our goal for healing. I will make sure that you are comfortable, and not in any pain during the acupuncture sessions.

I am terrified of needles. Can I still get acupuncture?

Of course, you can. I treat many people who didn’t think that they could tolerate the sight of needles, let alone having several of them on their body. During the initial visit, we can discuss other options as well (reflexology, cupping, etc). But I think you will be pleasantly surprised after your first visit.

What do I do during the acupuncture treatment?

Preferably, you should feel very relaxed. You will rest for about 20-30 minutes, during which time a lot of people fall asleep.

How many acupuncture sessions will I need?

This depends on how you respond to acupuncture, and for what conditions you are getting treated. For acute conditions, fewer treatments will be required. For chronic, long-term conditions, several treatments would be more beneficial. In general, I tell patients to try at least 3-5 treatments, 1-3 times a week.

Typically, frequent treatments are done for the first couple of weeks, after which, the frequency can be reduced as wellness is restored.

Do you accept insurance?

I am not accepting insurance at this time. If your insurance covers some acupuncture treatments, you may be able to be reimbursed. I do offer prepaid treatment packages, which reduce the overall treatment costs.

Do you treat children?

Yes, I do. I prefer that they are at least 8 years old. Children respond well and quickly to acupuncture. If they are not ready for acupuncture, there are several other techniques that are effective and comfortable for children.