ACUPUNCTURE

Every day we treat patients who are suffering from debilitating pain, battling physiological challenges such as insomnia, digestive disorders, and infertility, or seeking to relieve anxiety and stress from their busy lives. For many, acupuncture is a way to proactively maintain health and equilibrium. 

A BRIEF HISTORY

Acupuncture originated in China over 2500 years ago and is one of the oldest proven healing practices. Today, one out of three people on the planet turn to acupuncture as their primary mode of healing. Acupuncture is a safe and effective therapy recognized by the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

 

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is the insertion of very thin needles into one or more of the 350 acupuncture points that lie along meridians coursing through the body. They are inserted at various depths and the choice of points depends on the individual person, the treatment, and the style of acupuncture. 

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"We must replace stress as the cultural badge of honor with recognition that life well-lived is the most important yardstick of success."

—Robert M. Duggan

FAQs

What can I expect in the first visit?


Initial visits last approximately 1.5 hours. You will be asked a series of medical and lifestyle questions including information on your sleep, diet, stress, medications, etc. Next, a practitioner will conduct a physical exam to determine everything from range of motion to pain thresholds. Lastly, a practitioner will conduct diagnostics by feeling the pulses on both arms and look at your tongue. Think of your first visit as a journey. The ensuing visits will be a discovery and a recovery process.




Is my insurance plan accepted?


Most health insurance policies in the United States accept and cover acupuncture treatments. Some of our practitioners are in network with BlueCross BlueShield, EHP, Cigna and Aetna. Please verify that your insurance covers acupuncture before your first visit.




What can I expect during a treatment?


During your first consultation, your practitioner will collect a complete history and detailed evaluation of your condition. He or she will ask questions relating to many different aspects of your life, not only the condition for which you are seeking treatment. Then she will then take your pulse, examine your tongue, and sometimes palpate your abdomen or check for tender areas along the meridians. The initial visit usually lasts 90 minutes including the treatment. Subsequent visits usually last about 1 hour.




How safe is acupuncture?


Very! Needles generally cause no bleeding and very little pain, and the needles used are always sterile and disposed of after each point.




Does acupuncture hurt?


Acupuncture needles are about the thickness of a hair, so they are much different than other needles you may be used to. Most often you will feel a unique sensation that can vary from tingling, to heaviness, to warmth, or nothing at all. Each person’s experience is different.




Where do needles go?


This depends on the condition being treated. Although the points are located throughout the entire body, usually the needles are placed on the extremities from your elbows down to your hands, and from your knees down to your feet. Other common areas include the abdomen, back, and ears.




Are the needles sterile or are they reused?


Needles are individually wrapped and sterilized by the manufacturer. They are opened only when they are ready to be used, and afterwards, each needle is disposed of in a medical waste container.




How often do I have come?


Treatments are usually once a week for the first five to six weeks and then we re-evaluate. Once the condition has been controlled and you are symptom-free, the treatments are done less frequently. Chronic issues usually take more treatments to resolve than ones that have come about recently. Your treatment course will be determined after the first visit and reassessed after each session.




Can I receive acupuncture if I am pregnant?


Yes! Acupuncture is a great way to both increase one’s fertility as well as help with any side effects you are experiencing during pregnancy. Because there are some points that are contraindicated during pregnancy, it is important to inform your practitioner if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant.




How does cupping work?


Cupping pulls toxins and cell waste from the joints and tissues and brings them to a more superficial level in the body. Here they can be better circulated and flushed from the system resulting in less pain, fatigue, and overall better health.





ACUPUNCTURE IS EFFECTIVE IN TREATING:

• Pain (back, shoulder, knee, tennis
  elbow, carpal tunnel, etc)

• Stress

• Insomnia

• Migraines/Headaches

• Anxiety and/or Depression

• Digestive disorders/IBS

• Seasonal allergies (including hay
  fever)

• PMS or irregular menstruation

• Fertility

• Fibromyalgia and arthritis
 

• Adverse reactions to radiotherapy
  and/or chemotherapy

• Hypertension, essential (high blood
  pressure)

• Hypotension, primary (low blood
  pressure)

• Labor Pain, Breech Fetus, or Induction
  of Labor

• Morning sickness

• Nausea and vomiting

• Rheumatoid arthritis

• Sciatica