Frequently Asked Questions
Acupuncture offers a holistic and effective approach to healing by connecting the mind, body and emotions. It is drug free pain relief with little or no side effects and it helps prevent disease as well as treats the cause and the symptoms of a disease once you have it.
How does it work?
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy or Qi(“chee”) flow through the body and its surface via networks of energy channels or meridians. These meridians are like rivers flowing through the body nourishing your tissues, organs, cells, and skin. An obstruction of these channels can back up the flow of Qi and lead to imbalances in your body and may lead to illness, disease, and/or pain. Emotional disturbances, stress, diet and lifestyle choices, trauma and injury, medications, and others can all block the flow of Qi in your body and lead to imbalances. Chinese medicine can help re-balance it.
From a western medical perspective there is no one theory that has been established. It is proposed that acupuncture regulates the nervous system and stimulates parts of the brain. It also stimulates the body to release natural bio-molecules such as neurotransmitters, vasodilators and hormones. Although the exact mechanism is not understood, the effects are measurable.
For more information regarding recent bio-medical research on acupuncture, please clink on the following link from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
You may feel a slight prick once the needle is inserted or you may feel nothing at all. Once the needle is inserted, you may feel additional sensations such as warmth, tingling, dull achy, pressure or heaviness. This signifies the arrival of Qi at the needle and that your central nervous system has also connected to the acupuncture point.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is extremely safe when practiced by a skilled, licensed professional who has acquired the appropriate training. Acupuncture needles are sterilized and used only one time so there is no risk of disease contamination.
How Often Should I Get Acupuncture?
Acupuncture works best when done frequently and consistently. I typically recommended 1 to 2 visits a week for 4-6 weeks and then we will reassess your situation and determine if more visits are needed. Acute conditions may respond fairly quickly and may only require 1 or 2 visits, while chronic conditions may take longer to treat and may require up to 20 visits. After your first visit, I will be able to recommend the most appropriate course of treatment for you and then will re-evaluate your case every 4 weeks.
Does Insurance Cover Acupuncture?
Many insurance policies cover acupuncture. You can usually find out if your policy covers acupuncture by calling the number on your insurance card. We also work with a variety of insurance providers. Please call our office at (503) 789-7661 so we may verify your specific benefits.