Does Acupuncture Hurt?
The short answer is no! Acupuncture needles are flexible and almost as thin as a human hair. They are nothing like hypodermic needles used to give injections. For the vast majority of patients, acupuncture is a pleasant and pain-free experience.
Some areas of the body are more sensitive than others, so it is possible that you may experience some mild, momentary discomfort similar to a mosquito bite or a mild ache.
My goal is to make your experience deeply relaxing and healing. I will ask for your feedback throughout the procedure to ensure that you feel comfortable.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is an ancient method of healing that works on an energetic principle of the body. Life-force energy, called Qi (chee), flows through a series of interconnected channels throughout the body. Disharmony of this flow of Qi causes illness and pain. Acupuncture helps to redirect and correct the flow of energy through these channels for healing.
In modern terms, Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the central nervous system which helps to correct and help heal imbalances naturally. It helps to release endorphins, increase circulation and relax muscles.
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Are the results just due to placebo effect?
Any type of medical or supportive intervention can be enhanced by the patient’s expectation, but thousands of studies have shown that Acupuncture has a real and measurable effect on the brain and central nervous system. Acupuncture also works on animals, who don’t have any expectations of healing, so there are definitely healing effects beyond placebo.
What can Acupuncture treat?
The World Health Organization recognizes more than 30 conditions that Acupuncture has been shown to treat successfully in controlled studies. Some of the most common issues I treat are chronic pain, headaches, infertility, insomnia, menstrual issues, fatigue, menopause, rosacea, morning sickness, eczema, depression, anxiety, digestive issues, Bell’s Palsy, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, TMJ, Shingles, induce labor, sinusitis, common colds/flu and cough. But you don’t have to be sick or in pain to enjoy the benefits of Acupuncture! I have several clients who simply enjoy the increased relaxation and well-being that Acupuncture provides them. Regular treatments are a great way to boost immunity, improve well-being and decrease pain.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is safe for adults and children if performed by a licensed practitioner. It has a very low risk of injury, infection or side effects, and can help improve outcomes of other treatments. Licensed Acupuncturists receive extensive training including biomedicine and supervised clinical shifts prior to graduation and sitting for state board exams. So your licensed Acupuncturist understands the anatomy of your body and the precise needling requirements specific to each area.
I have received four years of training and earned a Master’s degree in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture before I became a practitioner. I am licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio and take your safety and well-being very seriously.
How much does Acupuncture cost?
My charge is $95 for a new patient visit and $80 for follow up visits.
Does insurance cover Acupuncture?
I do not accept any health insurance but some insurance companies do cover Acupuncture for certain conditions. You may be able to submit your own claim to your insurance company. You will need to contact them for instruction. Some FSA funds can be used for your visits if your employer offers this. But again, you will need to contact your insurance for specific information.
How long is an Acupuncture session?
It varies, but most sessions are about 45 minutes long. The length of time you will rest with needles is generally 25 minutes after they’re inserted. Your first session will generally take a little longer due to paperwork and evaluation.
How long does Acupuncture take to work?
Acupuncture works with your own body’s healing ability and this can vary a lot from patient to patient. Some patients feel better after only one treatment, while others may need prolonged treatments to achieve success. Some factors that affect this are: length of time you've had the issue, severity of the issue, overall health and age. Emotional factors can also hinder or help your healing process.
After your evaluation and first treatment, I will be able to give you a recommended time-frame based on your symptoms and overall health. My general recommendation is two sessions per week for three weeks, then reducing frequency after that.
What is cupping and how does it work?
Cupping is a therapy that uses glass cups to create suction on an area of the body to speed healing and reduce pain. Similar to massage, cupping increases blood circulation in a concentrated area. Cupping is sometimes used by itself, but I typically use cupping along with acupuncture in my treatments. Not every condition requires cupping and it's not right for every patient. I primarily use cupping on the back for patients with chronic back pain.
Do I have to undress for Acupuncture?
Only sometimes. Many of the most commonly used acupuncture points are located on the limbs, so undressing is usually not necessary. I do recommend wearing loose fitting and comfortable clothing that can be pushed aside easily. If I need you to remove any clothing I will provide you with a sheet or blanket to cover yourself and this will only be with your consent after we've had a discussion. I will always respect your comfort and modesty.
Am I supposed to leave a tip for Acupuncture?
No, Acupuncture is not a tipped profession. You do not need to tip me.