Does acupuncture hurt? Patients experience acupuncture needle sensations differently. Most patients report acupuncture is painless. Specific points and areas on the body can be sensitive for particular individuals. As a practitioner I will be in constant communication ensuring as little discomfort as possible. Afraid of needles? No problem. At Superior Being Acupuncture & Wellness we have a variety of other healing modalities to help restore health.
What can I expect? For some individuals acupuncture is relaxing, while others find it to increase their energy. The needles are inserted and retained for 30 minutes. Locations of the needles are dependent on presenting conditions and health history.
What disorders does acupuncture treat? According to the World Health Organization, there are 47 specific disorders treatable by acupuncture. Conditions include headaches, neck, back, shoulder, and knee pain, allergies, digestive issues, and emotional imbalances.
Is acupuncture safe? When practiced properly, acupuncture is safe. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires that needles be sterile, nontoxic, and labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.
What are the needles like? Acupuncture needles are as thin as a strand of human hair, sterile, individually packaged, and disposable. There are many different brands, gauges and lengths to choose from. Depending on the condition being treated the practitioner decides what style to use. After a single use the needles are disposed of according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards.
How many visits are needed for effective treatment? The number of visits depends on the presented disorder and the patient’s overall health. An acute disorder may only need one or two treatments. Chronic conditions require more. Two to ten treatments is a common acupuncture prescription. Remember, wellness is a journey.
Why should I try acupuncture? If you are looking for a natural healing method and/or have tried other methods of treatment with little relief, acupuncture may be right for you.
Does insurance cover acupuncture? Some insurance plans reimburse for acupuncture. Ask your insurance provider if they reimburse for treatment by a licensed acupuncturist.