How does acupuncture work?
Ancient medicinal text suggests that acupuncture promotes the free-flow of Qi, or energy, which creates a balancing and harmonizing effect within the body-mind complex. Modern scientific research has shown acupuncture to have specific biological effects such as: Releasing endorphins, which are pain-blocking biochemicals, influencing the cellular matrix of connective tissue, stimulating regions of the brain that correlate to the treated acupoints, and activating the parasympathetic nervous system to move the body into a balanced state known as homeostasis.
Although, none of the leading theories adequately explain why acupuncture works as effectively as it does for such a wide range of conditions. Hopefully, further research will shed more light on the biological mechanism behind acupuncture’s success.
Does it hurt?
No, the needles do not hurt. In fact, most people barely feel anything when needles are inserted. Some people feel a slight pinch, and others ask “Is it in yet?” Acupuncture needles are much thinner than standard hypodermic needles used by phlebotomists. Most needles aren’t much thicker than a couple of human hairs! And many clients hardly feel the needle insertions at all. It is essentially a painless experience, and it is not stressful, even for people who dislike needles.
What should I expect on my first visit?
At your first visit, the practitioner will conduct a thorough medical intake evaluation, asking questions specific to your main complaint as well as many questions relevant to your overall health. Based on this initial intake, a diagnosis and treatment strategy will be formulated to specifically address your individual needs. On your first visit, you can expect to receive a 30 minute acupuncture treatment during your hour visit. This appointment may take 60-90 minutes.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required is determined by the nature of the complaint, the underlying health of the patient and how the patient responds to treatment. It is best to approach acupuncture like a form of therapy. For more acute conditions we recommend a series of 6 treatments and for chronic conditions we recommend a series of 10-12. Usually you will notice a difference after the first few treatments.
Do You Accept Health Insurance?
Yes and no.
We are not currently accepting insurance directly, however, we can create a superbill for you to submit to your insurance for re-imbursement if you do have acupuncture coverage.