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Frequently asked questions

If the FAQ does not cover a topic you have a concern on, feel free to send a message.

Do you accept insurance?
Yes, we are in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Aetna.
Fill out the form and we will check your coverage. All other insurance with out of network benefits is accepted. Please keep in mind, all policies are different and some may limit both your number of visits and type of conditions covered. Until your coverage has been established and your annual deductible has been met, all payments are due at the time of your visit.
What is Acupuncture and how does it work?
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine dating back over 2500 years, where thin needles are inserted into the body, which stimulates local circulation and helps release endogenous opioids (your natural pain mediators). It is essentially a form of communication. The stimulation of specific points boost the bodies own resources and enhance the healing process.

When we injure ourselves – whether physically or emotionally, traces of that injury persist. These traces can be in the form of knotted muscles, anxiety, insomnia, stiff joints, or any other forms of chronic injury. By using acupuncture and other techniques, we are able to improve circulation, range of motion and free up these blockages. The ultimate goal is to get the body as balanced as it can be.

Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is extremely safe. A licensed Acupuncturist uses sterilized needles which are properly disposed, in accordance with health regulations.
What kind of conditions does acupuncture treat?
  • Knee pain
  • Low back pain
  • Hypertension
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain & Strains
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Depression
  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary
  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • Headache
  • Morning sickness
  • Postoperative pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Some people have a different reaction to needling, but in general, no. When a needle is inserted, a slight pinching will be felt. If needles are inserted in the back or other muscular areas you usually don’t feel the needles, but when the needles are placed in more sensitive areas a dull achy feeling can be felt. However once the session is underway, many patients feel very relaxed and even fall asleep.
Are There Other Forms Of Treatment Besides Needle Insertion?
Yes. Your practitioner may use their hands to put pressure on particular acupuncture points. They may also use a variety of mechanical devices to stimulate affected areas, such as cupping, as well as moxibustion — warming the desired area by burning herbs.
How Long Does a Treatment Last?
Treatments are between 45 minutes and an hour. Your initial treatment will begin with a thorough intake of your current condition and medical history.
How Many Sessions Do I Need?
 In general, acute conditions require less treatment than chronic conditions. At the time of the initial examination, your we will evaluate your condition and assess the approximate number of treatments needed. Because each patient’s health problems and response to treatment are unique, the number and frequency of treatments vary. Although some patients respond favorably after only one or two treatments, others may require two or more treatments per week for four to six weeks for maximum results.
How Should I Prepare For My Session?
Try to avoid being on a completely empty stomach, maybe have a light meal or snack earlier in the day. Wear or bring loose clothing to allow access to acupuncture points.
Men: Loose fitting gym shorts.
Women: Loose fitting gym shorts, and a tank top or sports bra.
Does acupuncture have side effects
It’s not common, but possible some people may experience a dull ache or slight bruising around the area of needling, which can last for a few days. This can be alleviated with topical ointments such are Arnica gel or Po Sum On oil. Those with chronic conditions may feel worse for a short period before getting better. Why do some people experience this nonlinear healing pattern?  Our organs and tissues can become accustomed to being in a dysfunctional state, trying to change them to where they once were or need to be can cause discomfort. Think of it like going to the gym after a long layoff of not exercising — you come home sore, but after resting and going consistently, you get stronger and are able to do more. The common effects are feeling more relaxed, improved digestion and less muscle tension.
What Training Is Required to Practice Acupuncture?
A licensed Acupuncturist must complete rigorous education requirements, which differ from state to state. However it generally takes 3-4 years of extensive study, as well as, a 1 year internship.