How does acupuncture work

Chinese theory states that rivers of energy called qi (chi) run throughout the body. When energy becomes blocked in one area, it may create symptoms of excess such as pain, headaches or digestive problems. There may also be a deficient or depleted condition causing symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, mood changes or hormonal imbalances, Treatment removes blockages and balances the energy which helps resolve symptoms and typically results in an overall feeling of well being.

What does acupuncture treat?

It can treat most conditions, but is best known for its effectiveness for pain, including headaches, arthritis, strains, sprains and other musculoskeletal and neurological problems. Other conditions commonly treated include digestive complaints (reflux, constipation, gas and bloating), fatigue, PMS, insomnia, sinusitis, depression, and weight loss.

What is a treatment like?

People get very relaxed during an acupuncture treatment It is because the needles help the energy to flow smoothly and the “pebbles in the path” usually dissipate.

What are the needles like?

Acupuncture needles are very thin. They are single use, solid (vs. syringe needles that are hollow), stainless steel, sterile and disposable. They slide in very easily and do not cause damage to the skin or muscles.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Since the acupuncture needles are so small, you may feel a pinch when the needles go in. Once the needles are in, you may not feel anything or you may notice a sensation of mild aching, warmth or heaviness near the site, which is the beneficial sensation of qi or energy moving.


How often do I need to come?

Acupuncture works best if you initially receive a treatment once or twice weekly. As you feel better, time between treatments may be increased. I recommend that you allow 6-8 treatments to recover, depending on the condition.

Acute conditions such as injuries may need less time, while chronic conditions, may take longer.

Will my insurance cover acupuncture?

Many insurance companies cover a part of the cost of acupuncture with a licensed acupuncturist. It is best to contact your insurance company.

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