Acupuncture FAQs

Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) relating to Acupuncture…

What is traditional acupuncture?

Traditional acupuncture has been practiced for more than 3000 years. Its benefits are well-documented in western medical journals and popular press.

Acupuncture is a low cost, non-invasive form of medical care that uses hair-thin needles inserted at specific points in your body — a pathway called the body’s meridian — to keep energy, called chi or qi, moving through the body in order restore to harmony or repair disease.

What are the benefits of acupuncture?

The World Health Organization states that acupuncture provides relief from over 40 conditions, including:

  • pain associated with bone or muscles, such as back and knee pain
  • stomach conditions such as chronic indigestion and constipation
  • menstrual or menopausal complaints
  • insomnia
  • asthma and allergies
  • depression and anxiety

Do I have to be ill to benefit from acupuncture?

Absolutely not. Many patients come for regular treatments to achieve increased energy, calm, and enjoyment in life.  Acupuncture can be a powerful preventative measure to keep you healthy all year.

Does acupuncture hurt?

The sensations that you may experience during acupuncture range from nothing at all to a brief ache or heaviness in the area being treated. While some places may be more sensitive than others, by and large, patients describe the sensations as fleeting and the treatment experience as deeply relaxing.

Are the needles safe?

Yes. Sterile disposable needles are used. They are used once and then disposed of immediately.

What should I expect during the first visit?

The first appointment typically lasts 1 1/2 hours. During your initial visit we will speak at length about your health concerns and address any questions you may have about acupuncture and the healing process. We will also discuss your health and personal histories in detail, followed by a physical examination. The primary objective of the first appointment is to assess the underlying conditions that have led to your current concerns.

Following the initial consultation, optimally you will be seen in weekly one-hour sessions for 6 to 12 visits. During this time, significant signs of progress will likely appear. As you begin to progress, treatments may be less frequent.

How do I get the most out of each treatment?

To get the most of your treatments, please turn off all pagers and cell phones during your visit. Please refrain from wearing makeup or scented lotions or perfumes for the first few treatments. It is also advisable to avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages the day of your appointment and for at least 24 hours afterwards. Also avoid intense physical activity before or after your scheduled treatment.

Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

Yes, more and more health insurance companies are providing coverage for acupuncture treatment.  Blue Heron Wellness does accept insurance for those clients whose specific plan covers acupuncture. Call your insurer to find out if you plan covers acupuncture provided by a licensed acupuncturist (as opposed to a physician).  While there, you should also ask about any copays or co-insurance or deductibles you may have.