Does Acupuncture Hurt?

While most people express fear or anxiety of needles before their first treatment, they are surprised by the experience of  acupuncture treatment.  There should be very little or no discomfort with needle insertion, however there can be strong, transient sensations that typify correct needle sensation.  These include euphoria, warmth, dull ache, tingling, heaviness, distention, or numbness.  For your safety, only sterile, disposable 1-time-use needles are used.

What conditions can Chinese Medicine Treat?

Many People ask whether Chinese medicine is cable of treating a certain disease.  My answer to this common question is “it depends”.  I will always be honest with a client as to whether I feel I will be able to help them based on my experience and knowledge.  Many factors are involved in disease, and the resolution of disease requires skill and clinical experience.  Those looking for “quick fixes” will quickly become discouraged with alternative forms of medicine.  Natural medicine takes time, and diligence.  A general rule is to allow 1 month of treatment for every year you have had the condition.  There is a list of diseases the NIH has identified cable of being resolved with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs.  For a complete list go to the NIH website.

Is Acupuncture covered by insurance?

While we do not accept insurance, some health insurance companies do cover acupuncture treatment. You should contact your health insurance company to verify whether acupuncture is covered in your personal healthcare plan.  We will be glad to issue you invoices or superbills as a verifiable record of treatments.  You can then submit these to your insurance company for reimbursement.

How is Chinese medicine compatible with Western medicine?

Both Western and Oriental Medicine have their respective strengths and weaknesses, that is why in modern China, the two systems are used together. When appropriately combined, the patient is well served. Oriental medicine can work to compliment the benefits of western medicine.

In addition, Chinese medicine can often reduce unpleasant side effects associated with prescription medicines. Licensed acupuncturists are also trained to recognize symptoms that indicate a need for a medical doctor or a specialist. A patient’s road to health is vastly shortened to the extent that she or he participates in their recovery.

We give our patients as much knowledge as we can about their condition in terms of Chinese medical philosophy. Individual herbal remedies are often prescribed as an important part of the treatment. We discuss the contribution of diet and other lifestyle choices to the patient’s condition, and support efforts towards gradual changes that will improve the patient’s health. The patient may get additional “homework”, such as home moxibustion, acupressure, stretches, or simple Qi gong exercises.

What do I need to do for an acupuncture treatment?

  1. Wear loose clothing with minimal jewelry.
  2. Avoid treatment when exhausted, hungry, extremely full, or after you have consumed alcohol.
  3. Wear minimal make up (we need to see your complexion) and don’t scrape scrub or brush your tongue, we need to see it in its natural state.

After your treatment avoid sudden temperature changes ie: sitting in a hot tub or heavy exercise. You may feel energetic or you may feel so relaxed that you want to rest. Honor your body and be sure to schedule your appointments to allow some down time if you need it.

During treatment avoid changing your position or moving suddenly. If you are uncomfortable, tell your practitioner.

Some people experience dizziness, nausea, cold sweat, shortness of breath. This often occurs if you are nervous. Inform your practitioner immediately so he or she can readjust or withdraw the needles.

Be sure to let your practitioner know if you feel an increasing amount of pain or burning sensation during the treatment. If you find your treatment unbearable at any point, be sure to speak up so your practitioner can make the proper adjustments or stop the treatment.