Acupuncture FAQs


1. DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
No. Acupuncture does not feel sharp or stinging like the sensation most people associate with an injection or having blood drawn. Acupuncture needles are extremely fine and flexible and are inserted with small guide tubes so any sensation is slight. Sensations you can expect during treatment are usually a dull ache or a feeling of pressure, localized warmth, tingling or occasionally there may be an involuntary muscle twitch. All of these are desired effects that indicate your body is responding to treatment.

2. WHAT IS CUPPING?
This is a topical massage technique using small glass or plastic jars to create a suction effect over strategic meridians or acupuncture point clusters on the body. Cups are usually placed on the back, hips or legs for stubborn muscle tension or to increase blood circulation in an area. Traditionally, cupping is used for upper respiratory disorders to relieve lung congestion.

3. WHAT IS MOXIBUSTION?
Moxibustion is used to warm specific acupuncture points or point clusters usually for joint pain, poor blood circulation or for any area that requires stimulation instead of acupuncture needles. Moxa is a dried and cured mugwort plant, that when burned, produces a particular type of penetrating heat that the body readily responds to. Moxa can be manipulated into many forms to warm targeted areas.

4. WHAT IS ELECTRO-ACUPUNCTURE?
This is a non-painful technique which can be very effective in relieving resistant muscle spasm or promoting tissue healing, depending on the different settings of frequency and amplitude. Electro-Acupuncture uses a very small electrical current produced by a specific electro-acupuncture machine which is delivered to selected needle sites. The current used is thousands of times less than 1 amp.

5. WHAT IS CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE?
This is a critical part of Traditional Chinese Medicine which employs the combination of hundreds of natural medicinal substances, all of which have very specific properties and effects on the body. Herbs are always used in carefully selected combinations in order to maximize effect and to cover a multitude of individual symptoms. Depending on your specific needs, a custom formula can be created to address your particular syndrome picture. Formulations can be taken in a capsule, a granular powder typically mixed into a tea-like drink or glycerin tincture (alcohol-free).

6. CAN I TAKE CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE WITH MY CURRENT MEDICATION?
It is important to consult your physician before beginning any new supplement or herbal remedy. It is equally important to be sure to inform your acupuncture practitioner of any medications you are currently taking to avoid interaction. In most instances, herbal medicine can be used in conjunction with your current medication as long as it has been reviewed by your healthcare professional.

7.DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
Yes, we accept almost all insurance policies as long as you have coverage. We are happy to research your benefits for you and determine how to best apply them to our services, however policies vary greatly so it is always a good idea to check with your provider to find the most accurate and updated information.

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to morn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.

Gautama Siddhartha