IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE?
Yes. In the hands of a licensed practitioner acupuncture is a very safe, pain-free, effective, treatment for many acute and chronic conditions. Acupuncture is a medical treatment that has been around for thousands of years.
IS ACUPUNCTURE PAINFUL?
No. Acupuncture treatments are not painful. Acupuncture is performed with hair-thin needles that do not cause the pain felt from a hypodermic needle. Patients often fall asleep and are in deep relaxation on the table.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
One of the great advantages of acupuncture is that it is very safe. Other than an occasional bruise, there are no side effects.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM ACUPUNCTURE?
During the first treatment the practitioner will take a complete health history and establish a complete evaluation of the condition you are seeking treatment for. The practitioner will feel your pulse, look at your tongue and may palpate specific meridians to look for tender areas. The initial treatment may last 30 to 60 minutes. Subsequent treatments usually last for 15 to 30.
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
Sixteenth century Chinese doctors believed that illness was due to an imbalance of energy in the body. In acupuncture, disposable, stainless steel needles are used to stimulate the body’s 14 major meridians, or energy-carrying channels, to resist or overcome illnesses by correcting these imbalances. The jury is still out. From a western medical perspective, we do not know exactly how or why acupuncture works. We have theories but they are just that, theories.
WHERE DO YOU INSERT THE NEEDLES?
Needles are placed at specific acupuncture points on the body. Depending on the specific condition the needles commonly are placed at or below the elbows, and at or below the knees. Other common areas are on the back, abdomen and ears.
CAN I HAVE ACUPUNCTURE WHEN I AM PREGNANT?
Acupuncture is safe during pregnancy and can help relieve many pregnancy and postpartum conditions. Because there are some acupuncture points that are contraindicated during pregnancy it is important to inform the practitioner if you are pregnant.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT?
The best way to prepare is to eat a snack or a light meal before treatment so the you body has sufficient energy to work with. If possible it is best to wear loose clothing so that your arms and legs are accessible for treatment. After treatment we recommend you drink a glass of water to help stabilize your energy.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE?
One benefit to acupuncture is that it is a drug-free way to optimize health. With drugs, people often develop a tolerance, or the need for an increased dosage to achieve the same required effect. However, this does not happen with acupuncture. In addition, acupuncture allows the doctor to immediately examine a person’s response to the treatment and adjust it if necessary.
DOES INSURANCE COVER ACUPUNCTURE?
Yes and No. Some insurance carriers will pay for acupuncture treatments. Because each insurance provider has different restrictions, it is best to consult with your insurance carrier to determine whether or not they cover acupuncture treatments.
DO WESTERN MEDICAL EXPERTS APPROVE OF ACUPUNCTURE?
Yes. There are approximately 6,500 licensed acupuncturists in the U.S. In addition, the World Health Organization currently recognizes more than 40 medical problems which can be helped by acupuncture treatment. The FDA regulates acupuncture needles as medical devices.