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Acupuncture FAQs

Why should I try acupuncture?

1. It empowers you to take responsibility and control of your body and health
2. It successfully treats many health issues without the use of drugs or surgery
3. It’s safe, effective and has virtually no side effects
4. It treats the whole person and not just the disease
5. It uses the body’s natural healing processes to effect relief
6. It promotes health and well-being
7. It prevents illness

What Conditions can be treated? (click here)

Is acupuncture safe?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. The FDA requires that sterile, nontoxic needles be used and that they be labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only. Relatively few complications from the use of acupuncture have been reported to the FDA in light of the millions of people treated each year and the number of acupuncture needles used. Practitioners should use a new set of disposable needles taken from a sealed package for each patient and should swab treatment sites with alcohol or another disinfectant before inserting needles.

From the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine:

For What Kind Of Conditions Should I Seek Acupuncture Treatment?

An acupuncturist may be consulted for specific symptoms and conditions such as pain, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, migraine, menstrual disorders, intestinal disorders, addiction and a plethora of other conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the above conditions and many more as being responsive to acupuncture treatment.

There has been extensive practice and research that has evidenced that acupuncture is effective in helping patients with many of the conditions listed by WHO as well as many others. It does more than simply relieve the symptoms. The aim of acupuncture is to treat the whole patient and restore balance between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual. Many people also have acupuncture as a preventative treatment, which is the most important benefit of this medicine.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Usually, a series of treatments are necessary to resolve a condition. Each case and condition is treated individually.

Does Acupuncture Treatment Hurt?

Most patients have stated that there is little or no pain as very fine, sterile, disposable needles are used.

Can You Tell Me More About Chinese Herbal Treatment?

Chinese herbal medicine, also known as Chinese herbology, is one of the primary modalities within the scope of Oriental medicine. Chinese herbology includes treatment with substances such as plants, roots, minerals and more. Like acupuncture, Chinese herbology has evolved as an integral part of Chinese medicine and is used to re-harmonize imbalances in the body.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines herbal medicines to include herbs, herbal materials, herbal preparations and finished herbal products that contain as active ingredients parts of plants, or other plant materials, or combinations. Chinese formulas are comprised of herbs designed for each individual patient. This special formulation is crucial because these formulas must be delicately composed for the purpose of achieving balance in each disharmonious state of being. Even small deviations in dosage or herb composition can change the entire focus of the formula and therefore, the results. (see our Chinese Herbal Medicine page)

Can Children Be Treated With Acupuncture?

Children of all ages are treated and respond well to acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment. In addition, young children or those apprehensive of the use of acupuncture needles may be treated without needles using Asian bodywork. In addition, herbal formulas are usually prescribed to enhance the acupuncture treatments and to provide further care between treatments as well.

Should I Consult With My Physician Regarding Getting Acupuncture And Oriental Medicine Treatment?

It is advisable to always inform your physician about any treatment that you are seeking and it is also very important to have a list of medications and supplements that you are taking available during your first consultation with your acupuncturist. Some physicians will also refer acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners to patients.

Will Acupuncture And Oriental Medicine Treatment Be Covered Through My Insurance?

Some insurance companies cover acupuncture treatment and they stipulate that the practitioner be NCCAOM certified. In addition, a majority of flexible accounting spending plans will cover acupuncture and Oriental medicine treatment. It is recommended to call your insurance carrier to verify coverage and discuss options.