Does it hurt?
I like to say treatment is “sensational!” You may feel a slight sensation when the needles are inserted, which is variously described as an ache, twinge, slight sting or tingle. It is usually fleeting. Acupuncture needles are thin, about the thickness of one or two human hairs, and solid stainless steel, so that insertion is hardly felt.
Could the needles transfer illness to me from another person?
No. Acupuncture needles used by most acupuncturists in this country are pre-sterilized, packaged, and used once, on you, then placed in a contaminated waste container and disposed of by a medical waste company. They have not touched another human being between sterilization and you.
Should I tell my doctor?
By all means tell your doctor that you are in acupuncture treatment. Today, most doctors recognize the potential benefits of acupuncture and are aware their patients are seeking complementary therapies. Acupuncture does not interfere with your regular medical care and you should definitely continue all medications and appointments until both you and your doctor agree they are no longer necessary.
How long will I be in treatment?
Acupuncture is a practice that, if continued throughout your life, can help to prevent illness and maintain the degree of wellness you have attained during the earlier, more frequent, phase. It will not be necessary to continue to come often, but periodic treatment will be of great value to your health. You may start to see changes and improvements after a very short time, or it may take longer; however, it is important to continue regular treatment until we are sure that the changes have taken hold and are being supported by your own healthy choices and behaviors.
Is acupuncture covered by insurance?
More and more insurance companies are covering acupuncture treatment. Be aware that “preferred providers” are not necessarily those who will give you the best service. Instead, insurance companies are looking for what’s cheapest for them. The money you save may not be worth the sacrifice of your personal choice. It is always a good idea to ask questions of any potential practitioner to determine if they are right for you. As a licensed health care provider, my services are often covered to some degree if acupuncture is a covered benefit under your policy. I will be happy to discuss this further with you when you call my office.
Are there any side effects of acupuncture?
There are no known side effects of acupuncture. However, you may experience a “healing reaction” which means that old symptoms may return briefly as your body throws off the remnants of them.
I’d like to start! What is my next step?
That’s terrific! Just call the number the below and leave a message for me. I will return your call at my earliest opportunity and we can set up a time for your Traditional Diagnosis. I look forward to hearing from you!