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Frequently Asked Questions


What can I expect during my first visit?

The initial visit is 90 minutes and follow up visits are normally less.  The acupuncturist will ask you many questions to assess your general health and identify the disharmony in your body.  Some of the questions may not seem related to your complaint but they are important to get an overview of how your body is functioning.   During your visit, the acupuncturist will take your pulse, look at your tongue and palpate various points to determine the best treatment for you.  Then you will receive an acupuncture treatment. Cupping, tui na or electric stimulation may be added to the treatment based on your treatment plan.


Does acupuncture hurt?


Most of the time only a slight sensation is felt as the needle is inserted.  Acupuncture needles are very fine. Approximately 10 acupuncture needles make up the size of one hypodermic needle.  Depending on the location, you may not even feel the insertion. At times, you may feel a heavy or electric sensation which should dissipate after a few moments.  Communicate your sensations with your acupuncturist so he/she can adjust the needles accordingly. 


How should I prepare for my appointment?


Wear loose clothing that can comfortably be rolled up above the knees and elbows.  

Eat a small meal or snack within an hour prior to your appointment. 


How many treatments will I need?

Each person is different and it depends on your condition.  Most issues will require an initial series of 4-10 treatments, once or twice a week.  The length of treatment depends on how long the condition has been an issue. Generally acute conditions respond in fewer treatments than chronic, long-term conditions.  


How will I feel after my treatment?

Usually patients feel calm and relaxed.  Depending on the treatment, you may feel tired. In some cases, you may feel a slight flare up of the condition as part of the healing process.  Gentle movement after the treatment will help keep Qi flowing. 


Do you accept insurance?


No, superbills can be provided for patient to submit to insurance.


Is acupuncture safe?

Yes acupuncture is safe, if provided by a licensed acupuncturist (LAc). It is a natural, drug free modality which brings about feelings of relaxation and increased well being. The risks associated with acupuncture have been shown to be extremely low when performed by LAcs. While side effects are rare, they can include minor soreness, minimal bleeding and bruising at the insertion sites.  All needles are commercially sterilized and single use.

Feel free to give us a call with any further questions.

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