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Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair thin. Most patients report feeling a sensation of warmth, tingling or pressure during the insertion of the needle with minimal or no pain. Once the needles have been inserted, many patients describe sensations of “pulling”, “warmth” or “an ache”. Most patients experience an overall sense of deep relaxation. Everyone’s experience is unique.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes. Acupuncture has no unpleasant side effects and does not interfere with any medical treatment you may already be receiving. Occasionally patients may get a small local bruise or feel light-headed for a few moments. The practitioner is well aware of the concern over infectious diseases, and takes every measure to insure cleanliness as all health care professional do. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. The FDA requires that sterile, nontoxic needles be used and that they be labeled for single-use by qualified practitioners only.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works with the body’s bioelectric energy, “qi” (chee). Qi flows in well-defined pathways throughout the body. Some scientists believe these are the paths of least resistance in the body. Acupuncture points are places where this energy flow tends to get stuck, and is easily accessible. Pain, illness and discomfort are symptoms of blocked or disrupted energy flow. After the causes and origins of the blockage are identified, the qi is accessed through particular acupuncture points, and smooth balanced flow is carefully encouraged. As harmonious flow is restored, the entire body benefits, and symptoms tend to disappear. Several theories have been proposed as to how acupuncture may work from a western perspective. Acupuncture may regulate the nervous system, increase endorphins, and stimulate the immune system.

How many sessions will it take until I am feeling better?

The number of treatments depends on the condition and the constitution of the individual patient. Some acute cases can be resolved in one to two treatments. More chronic problems can require weekly visits. A patient’s road to health is vastly shortened through each patient’s active participation in his or her own recovery. Once patients have reached their initial health goals, many return to acupuncture for “tune-ups”, maintenance, and preventative care.

Is acupuncture compatible with Western medicine?

Acupuncture is often described as “complementary” rather than “alternative”. Both Western and Eastern medicine have respective strengths and weaknesses, which is why, in modern China, the two systems are used together today. In most cases, Eastern medicine can work to compliment the benefits of Western medicine.  Acupuncture can often reduce unpleasant side effects associated with prescription medicines and medical procedures. Licensed acupuncturists are also trained to recognize symptoms that indicate a referral to a medical doctor or a specialist.

How common is acupuncture treatment in the U.S.?

The National Institutes of Health claims:  “The report from a Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1997 stated that acupuncture is being “widely” practiced—by thousands of physicians, dentists, acupuncturists, and other practitioners—for relief or prevention of pain and for various other health conditions. According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included a comprehensive survey of CAM use by Americans, an estimated 3.1 million U.S. adults and 150,000 children had used acupuncture in the previous year. Between the 2002 and 2007 NHIS, acupuncture use among adults increased by three-tenths of 1 percent (approximately 1 million people).”

Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Some insurance companies do cover acupuncture and the list continues to grow. Spring Point will be happy to provide you with all documentation necessary to submit for insurance reimbursement.

How can I pay?

Cash or check. Please be mindful of the  24-hour notice policy for appointment cancellations.