Acupuncture FAQ’s


1. Does Acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture is usually painless. Acupuncture needles are very thin and fine, about the size of a hair. Acupuncture needles are designed to glide into the skin with little discomfort (unlike syringes used in doctors’ offices which puncture the skin to inject or withdraw fluids). Because Acupuncture needles are so thin, they cause little if any discomfort. Upon insertion, you may feel a heaviness, pressure or tingling. Most people find Acupuncture treatments to be relaxing.

2. Is Acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. Acupuncture needles are sterilized and are used only one time. Acupuncture needles are never re-used. The U.S. Government’s National Institute of Health (NIH) has found Acupuncture to be safe & effective, saying that Acupuncture may be a safer alternative to Western Medicine because the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other procedures

3. What conditions does Acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can safely & effectively treat many conditions including:

  • Pain, head to toe, including headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel, shoulder pain, sciatica, joint pain, arthritis
  • Respiratory conditions including allergies, asthma, sinusitis, rhinitis, colds, flu
  • Gynecologic conditions including infertility, menstrual issues, menopause symptoms, PMS
  • Emotional conditions including stress, depression, anxiety, sadness, worry, irritability
  • Digestive conditions including poor digestion, nausea, vomiting, IBS, constipation, diarrhea
  • Insomnia, poor sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Acupuncture can also be used to maintain good health including boosting the immune system

4. What is a typical Acupuncture treatment like?

Your first visit will include both a comprehensive assessment and a treatment. The assessment will include information about your body’s various functions and Tongue and Pulse diagnosis. This total picture of your condition will be used to determine your TCM ‘pattern’. A unique treatment plan will be developed specifically for you which may include Acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, ear Acupuncture and electrical Acupuncture which are all included in the price of a treatment. If your treatment plan includes Herbal Medicine or supplements, there is an additional charge. The first visit usually lasts about 60-90 minutes. Subsequent treatments will last about 30-60 minutes.

5. How much does Acupuncture cost? Does insurance reimburse for it?

Individual Prices: Initial Vist  Follow-Up Visit 

  •    Individual Style Session  $ 125.00  $ 75.00  
  •    Deluxe Acupuncture + Massage  $95.00 

Some insurance policies do reimburse for Acupuncture treatments and others do not. We encourage you to check with your insurance plan. We do not accept payment from the insurance company but we will be happy to provide you with a receipt that you can submit to your plan for reimbursement.

6. What should I do before an Acupuncture treatment?

Eat a meal or snack within an hour or 2 before your appointment. Dress in loose fitting clothes that allow easy access to your forearms and lower legs. If possible, print and complete the Patient Form before your first visit. The form includes a thorough inventory of your symptoms. Completing it before hand may be easier for you and may allow you to provide better information.

7. How many treatments will I need?

This varies with the individual and the condition. Generally, acute or short term conditions require fewer treatments than chronic or long term conditions. We will recommend a course of treatments that will provide the quickest response.