Acupuncture is receiving wide acceptance as a respected, valid, and effective form of health care. Below are answers to a few questions that I am frequently asked.
What is acupuncture and how does it work?
Acupuncture has been around for over 5,000 years! As acupuncture needles are inserted at specific acupoints on the body, the body’s Qi is activated. When Qi flows freely throughout the body, one enjoys good health. When Qi is blocked, one can experience poor health in their physical, mental or emotional well-being. Injury, trauma, stress, poor diet, lack of exercise and overexertion can each cause an imbalance of Qi. Often the body naturally heals itself and brings the body back to balance, however, sometimes the imbalance has been too long and/or too excessive, and allows illness, pain or disease to set in. This is how acupuncture can help. Acupuncture can help restore the free flow of Qi and bring the person back to balance with an overall state of well-being. It can also be used as preventative medicine. Strengthening the immune system and overall health of a person.
Do the needles hurt?
The sensation patients feel varies. Some people may feel a little pinch as the needles are inserted and some may feel nothing at all. The needles are very thin, just a little larger than a dog or cat’s whisker. Sometimes you may feel a vague numbness, heaviness, tingling or dull ache. Sometimes people experience a sensation of energy spreading and moving around the needle or their body. This is called the “Qi sensation”. All these sensations are good and a sign that the treatment is working.
How safe is acupuncture? Are the needles sterile?
Acupuncture is extremely safe. Treatments can leave you feeling energized or deeply relaxed with a deep sense of well-being. All needles used are sterile, used once, and then discarded, so there is little danger of infection.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments varies from person to person. Chronic conditions usually take longer to treat than acute ones. Treatment frequency depends on your current state of health, the severity and duration of your problem. Treatment recommendations could be one or two times a week. Monthly or bi-weekly treatments are usually recommended for health maintenance or seasonal boosts.
How should I prepare for my first visit?
Come with any questions you have. Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points. Points around the knee and below and from around the elbow and below are very common.
Eat, but don’t eat a large meal just before or after your visit. Avoid overexertion from working out, using drugs or alcohol at least 4-6 hours prior to treatment. Do not come to acupuncture intoxicated. If you are intoxicated, the treatment will not work.
Do you take insurance?
Some insurance plans do cover Acupuncture, particularly, Blue Cross Blue Shield (PPO Plan only), Harvard Pilgrim and Aetna. Please contact your health insurance provider to see if Acupuncture is covered under your plan.
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