What Most People Want To Know
MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific points referred to as acupuncture points.
The most common method used to stimulate acupuncture points is by inserting fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects.
Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine, immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and a sense of well-being.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are extremely successful in the treatment of a multitude of conditions includin:
- Eye ,Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders
- Circulatory DisordersGastrointestinal
- DisordersGynecological / Genitourinary
- DisordersImmune Disorders
- Stress / Addiction
- Emotional and Psychological Disorders
- Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders
- Resporatory Disorders
- Weight Control
- Facial Rejuvenation
Generally, acupuncture does not hurt. Some people feel the needles as they go in, and some people feel nothing. Acupuncture needles are solid needles, not hollow like hypodermic needles, and they are much thinner, about the diameter of a thick human hair. Because they are so thin, most people do not sense the needle insert as painful even when they can feel it.
Acupuncture works! But your experience with acupuncture will depend largely on the acupuncture provider that you choose.
You want to find an acupuncturist that best suits your needs. If you like and trust your practitioner, your encounter with acupuncture will be more positive.
Here are some questions that you should ask when you choosing an acupuncturist:
- Where was he or she trained to practice Oriental Medicine?
- How long was the training?
- How long has he or she been in practice as an acupuncturist?
- What experience does he or she have in treating your specific aliment?
- Is he or she licensed?
Usually not. Acupuncture is a very safe method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve function.
Done properly, acupuncture rarely causes serious side effects.
Some people feel a brief stinging sensation, like a pinprick, during the insertion of the needles.
Others experience a dull ache around the needle after it goes in.
Based on your individual conditions, the practitioner will discuss with you the optimal treatment plan.
The frequency of treatment sessions is determined by how your body responds to the acupuncture, your condition, and your practitioner’s experience.
Acute and moderate conditions will usually require one to four sessions.
Severe and chronic conditions will need at least four or eight sessions to start seeing significant improvement.
The good news is more and more insurance companies are covering acupuncture services. However the coverage of acupuncture varies from different insurance or different policies in a same company.
We are in-network provider of united Healthcare, Blue cross/Blue shield, and few medicare companies so we will submit claims for you if you have acupuncture coverage.
We can help to check your coverage if you are with other health insurance providers.
Another option is using the money you may be setting aside in an FSA or HSA account. By submitting the appropriate receipt from your treatment, most FSA and HSA accounts will reimburse your fees based on your account balance. Please check your FSA/HSA program for specific details and we will be happy to provide you with documentation as required.