Acupuncture FAQ

  1. Does Acupuncture Hurt?

    Acupuncture needles are solid, hair thin, and pliable. The sensations associated with acupuncture are often described as a brief heavy or dull ache, or tingling sensation after the needle has been inserted. Although sensations vary from point to point, they are usually accompanied by a feeling of deep relaxation during the session.

  2. Is Acupuncture Safe?

    Yes, Acupuncture is safe. Acupuncture needles are sterile, single-use, and disposable. A licensed Acupuncturist has nearly 3,000 hours of training, so you can feel that you are in good hands. There is no medicine or substance on the end of an acupuncture needle. The needles function is to encourage your body's own healing response.

  3. Can Acupuncture Help My Condition?

    While many people understand Acupuncture to be a mind body therapy and use it to stay healthy, even more seek it out because they are unsatisfied with other therapeutic interventions. A patient's western diagnosis is helpful information in designing a course of treatment, and your acupuncturist should ask into what course of treatment you have pursued up to this point. Your acupuncturist may work in conjunction with you doctors, physical therapist, or mental health therapist. Many conditions can be treated using a holistic approach, but the length of treatment and its outcome will vary depending on your medical history, the nature of your condition, and other therapies you are receiving.

  4. What Kinds of Conditions can Acupuncture Address?

    Acupuncture treats chronic conditions, digestive issues, acute pain, reproductive health, pediatrics and more!

  5. How Many Acupuncture Sessions Will I Need?

    We recommend an initial visit followed by a series of 5, 10, or 20 visits as needed.
    Treatments are cumulative. Most pain conditions respond best when treatments are given two times per week over a course of a month. Once there is measured improvement, treatments may be spaced out to weekly, or every other week.

  6. Is Acupuncture Covered by Insurance?

    Check with your healthcare provider to find out if your plan includes Acupuncture. If Acupuncture is covered by your provider, it will most likely be for the treatment of pain.

  7. Can I Use My Flexible Spending Account (FSA)?

    Yes. If your employer offers a flex spending account (FSA) you can also take advantage of that option to pay for your treatments on a pre-tax basis.

  8. What are the Requirements to Become a Licensed Acupuncturist?

    Acupuncture licensing is regulated by the State Board of Medicine in Pennsylvania. Eligibility requirements include successful completion of a bachelor's degree and an accredited three-year masters program that entails nearly 2,000 hours of diagnostic and theoretical study and 660 hours of clinical training.

    A license is granted after completion of a series of three National Board exams administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). For a list of accredited schools of Chinese Medicine, visit the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) at

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