What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of healing known to mankind.   It originated in China nearly five thousand years ago.  Acupuncture is an essential part of traditional Oriental Medicine. Oriental Medicine a comprehensive system of health care, also incorporates the practice of Chinese Herbology, bodywork, dietary therapy and exercise. These therapies work with the body’s own “Qi”  to stimulate the ability to heal.

How Does It Work?

Acupuncture is a method of stimulating points on the body through the insertion of hair thin needles.  Specific points along particular meridians (or pathways) are used to activate the body’s energy to facilitate healing from the root cause as well as alleviate symptoms.  Acupuncture works by stimulating the release of opiate-like substances called endorphins which are capable of modifying the physical response to stress.  Circulation is increased into selected areas of the body producing an anti-inflammatory reaction to stop the source of pain. 

What Can I Expect?

The initial appointment can take up to two hours and includes a thorough medical and personal history, description of complaints, a review of the functioning systems of the body, and a physical examination.  Tongue and pulse diagnosis is used to determine the state of “Qi” or energy in each of the organ systems.  Subsequent treatments generally last about one hour. Dietary and other lifestyle recommendations are often discussed.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes, Acupuncture treatment is safe in the hands of a trained professional.  Only single use, pre-sterilized disposable needles are used. Different needles are used on each patient.  Acupuncturists are required to take courses in clean needle technique to help assure safety.

Is Acupuncture Painful?

No! Acupuncture needles are about the thickness of one hair, so insertion is often hardly felt at all.  There may be an occasional sharpness or dull ache, but these sensations are short-lived.  The insertion of Acupuncture needles is not the same as receiving an injection or drawing blood for a blood test.

What About Herbs? 

Chinese herbal medicine is a part of Oriental Medicine.

Does Insurance Cover Acupuncture Treatment? 

Today, more insurance carriers cover Acupuncture treatment. It depends on your insurance coverage. We suggest that you contact your insurance provider directly to find out if Acupuncture is covered. Even if treatment is not covered by your insurance, you will benefit from Acupuncture treatment. Unless prior arrangements are made, all visits are payable on the day of treatment.