Frequently Asked Questions
How many sessions will I need?
It depends. How many sessions you will need depends on a lot of variables such as how long you've had the issue, how severe it is, and what you're doing at home to make it better or worse. We start everyone on a standard series of 12 treatments for a specific issue. We know you have completed your series of treatments when you have had symptom relief for 2 weeks or have reached your specific goal. I've had clients resolve their issue in as few as one treatment or more chronic issues take longer than the standard 12 treatments.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Mostly, no. There may be a small pinch when the needle is inserted, but generally the sensation does not last more than a few seconds. Acupuncture needles are much thinner than large hypodermic needles used in hospitals and clinics. Most people feel very relaxed and some even fall asleep once the needles are in. (I usually think of my acupuncture sessions as nap time.)
What if I’m afraid of needles?
No problem! Oriental medicine has much more to offer than just acupuncture. There are many other methods of stimulating acupuncture points beside using needles, such as tuning forks, acupressure, massage, cupping, essential oils, etc.
Does it work?
Yes! Acupuncture has been used by people on the other side of the world for thousands of years literally treating billions of people. Acupuncture has stood the test of time with empirical evidence from many patients who have used it and found it to be helpful, and has shown positive results in numerous clinical trials.
How does acupuncture work?
From an Eastern standpoint, acupuncture helps bring balance to the body by moving the energy within the meridian channels. From a Western standpoint, acupuncture affects your neurohormonal pathways in the body helping them self regulate and return to a improved homeostasis. The acupuncturist inserts a needle, which stimulates the nerve and local connective tissue, and then sends a message to the brain. Acupuncture has been found to help the brain release numerous opioid and nonopioid neuropeptides and neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and GABA to ease pain and relax the body.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not accept insurance at this time, but I am happy to give you a receipt for reimbursement by your insurance company. With most insurance companies, acupuncture and massage are qualified medical expenses that you can pay for with your HSA or FSA. However, contact your insurance company for exact details.