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.

    For those patients who cannot tolerate any needles, we offer restorative body work (Shiatsu). 

  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?

    Acupuncture can absolutely help with a wide range of conditions but it does require a commitment of a series of sessions (for most patients).  Successful treatment also depends on the nature of the illness, chronic or acute, and the patient's lifestyle (sleep habits, water intake, and nutrition, for example).  A minimum of 6 sessions is what our office recommends in most cases.   

    Our office 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, adherence to lifestyle modifications (i.e. nutrition, exercise, sleep, caffeine and water intake) as well as other therapies you are receiving.

    Many people choose to get acupuncture monthly or quarterly for wellness maintenance after their initial reason for treatment has resolved. 

  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.    Many people are not aware that acupuncture can also be used to maintain good health and balance and prevent illness.  Maintenance and/or preventive sessions are recommended once or twice per month (depending on the patient's age and previous health history).

  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.  Our office will provide you with a superbill (itemized receipt) for your visit which you can submit for insurance reimbursement.  Payment is due at the time of service for all sessions.

  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.

     

    You can also use a Health Savings Account (HSA) for acupuncture sessions.

  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 http://www.acaom.org

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