Questions About Acupuncture

What can acupuncture treat?

Some conditions that are commonly treated with acupuncture include:

Allergies - Depression - Menstrual Disorders - Neck & Back Pain - Headaches - Sciatica - Insomnia - Stress - Abdominal Pain - PMS Symptoms - Digestive Disorders - IBS - Arthritis - High Blood Pressure

and many more.

What is Community Acupuncture like?

Treatments are offered in a community group setting (up to 4 people in the same room) and strive to maintain a quiet and healing environment. Instead of laying on a massage table, clients are reclined in comfortable chairs. You are asked to wear comfortable clothing that can be rolled up to the knees/elbows without cutting off any circulation as the acupuncture needles will be placed in the arms, legs, head and/or ears. Consultation is primarily done outside of the community room as to not disturb other people.

I don't understand the sliding scale. How much should I pay?

For community acupuncture (group setting), our sliding scale is $20-$40. This means that you get to decide the amount you pay between $20 and $40. You pay what you can afford.

Will my privacy be protected in a community acupuncture setting?

Many of the personal questions can be answered on the written material and space can be provided for brief personal consultations.

What should I wear to my community acupuncture treatment? (offered in a group setting)

Clients are asked to wear comfortable clothing that can be rolled up to the knees/elbows as the acupuncture needles will be placed in the arms, legs, head or ears.

Does acupuncture hurt?

The level of sensitivity that each person experiences from acupuncture will vary from person to person. There are many factors that can influence individual sensitivity such as muscular tension, stress, diet, nervousness, fatigue etc. However, for most people acupuncture is often painless.

I am very sensitive, can my acupuncture treatment be adapted to my low pain threshold?

Yes, we can choose areas of the body that are less sensitive and also use even thinner needles than the already very thin needles that we use.

How will I know when my treatment is working?

In general, people may feel an improved sense of energy, a better sleep, an improved mood and better digestion. Specifically, after each treatment you may notice a reduction in symptoms or an improvement of body function.

How many treatments should I have and how often?

The number of treatments will vary from case to case. In general, new issues tend to require less treatment sessions usually 1 to 3 visits will be sufficient. Problem that have developed over time may require more visits to fully resolve the problem. You can ask for an estimation at the time of your acupuncture visit for the amount of acupuncture treatments that may be required to resolve your problem. The frequency of acupuncture treatments may be based on a case-by-case basis. However, in general most visits are usually 1 to 2 times a week.

Should I see my doctor or other therapists while I am also getting acupuncture treatments?

Yes, you should continue to seek the advice of other medical professionals. Each professional has a different perspective on the nature of illness and we try to work together to solve the problems as a community.

What are acupuncture points?

There are more than 350 acupuncture points on the human body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, acupuncture points are locations along lines of energy (meridians) where blood and energy collect. When an acupuncture needle is inserted into a point, blood and energy disperse along the meridian which can relieve pain and also move to other areas of the body that need help.

Is acupuncture covered by medical insurance?

Clients who are covered by premium assistance can receive 10 treatments per year. The premium assistance plan will subsidize $23 dollars of each treatment.
Extended medical plans will also cover acupuncture treatments but you should consult with your provider for further details.
Stamped receipts will be provided for you to submit to your medical plan.

Do you reuse your needles?

Never, needles are one time use and immediately disposed of in to medical waste containers.