What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. Practitioners of acupuncture and
Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive treatment method to help millions of people become well and stay well.
Acupuncture promotes natural healing. It can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve
overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
What is Qi?
At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi (pronounced "chee"), or vital energy, flows throughout the body. Qi animated the body
and protects it from illness, pain and disease. A person's health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.
What does an acupuncturist do?
During the initial exam a full health history is taken. Questions are asked regarding health, symptoms and lifestyle. An appropriate physical exam is
conducted, including pulse and tongue diagnosis.
Gathering this information enables the practitioner to effectively diagnose and detect any specific imbalances of Qi that may have contributed to a
person's health problems. The practitioner can then create a well-structured treatment plan.
Once the imbalances of Qi are detected, an acupuncturists will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints along meridian pathways. This safe
and painless insertion of the needles can unblock the obstruction and balance Qi where it has become unbalanced. Once this is done, Qi can
freely circulate throughout the body, providing adequate nourishment to cells, organs, glands, tissues and muscles. This can eliminate pain and
restore balance and harmony, as well as the body's ability to heal itself - ultimately leading to optimal health and well-being.
Is acupuncture safe?
The simple answer to this questions is yes! It has been used for well over 2500 years to help billions of people to get well and stay healthy. All without
drugs and surgery. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996.
The FDA requires that acupuncturists follow strict safety guidelines and use only sterile, nontoxic needles that are labeled for single use only.
Do acupuncture needles hurt?
Naturally, people associate needle pain with their past experience with hypodermic needles. You can fit close to 10 acupuncture needles inside
the tip of one hypodermic needle. Acupuncture needles are tiny, thin and flexible, about the size of a cat's whisker. Once the needles are inserted,
some patients may experience a mild tingling or a sensation of fullness, along with an increased sense of relaxation. These are all quite normal
and suggest that the treatment is working.
How many treatments will I need?
Each patient is different. The initial phase of the treatment plan is usually between 4-10 visits. The length of treatment depends on how long the
condition has been present and how quickly the patient responds to treatment. Generally if a condition is more acute, patients respond faster than
if something has been chronic.
How much does it cost?
Rates vary and depend upon what procedures are performed.
Will my insurance cover acupuncture?
Insurance coverage varies from state to state and policy to policy. Contact your insurance provider to learn what kind of care is covered, or our
office and we can call your insurance carrier on your behalf. Here are a few questions to ask: