frequently asked questions

  • What is Qi ( Pronounced: chi )?

    Qi is the Chinese term for life energy or vital force that flows through all living things.

    Traditional Chinese medicine theorizes that there are more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body, and that these points connect with 12 main and eight secondary pathways called meridians. These meridians transport Qi throughout the body. When Qi flows smoothly and harmoniously throughout the meridians, we can enjoy good physical, mental and emotional health.

  • Why is Chi blocked?

    qi-shodoQi is meant to flow freely throughout the meridian network carrying its balanced vital force to all the body’s part even mind and spirit. But physical or emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, poor diet, repetitive strain, excessive activities, seasonal changes, infectious or contagious diseases and a weak constitution can lead to imbalances that disrupt the normal flow of Qi. Under normal circumstances when a disruption occurs, you will easily bounce back, returning balanced, good health. But any sustained blockage, or other disruption of a balanced flow or distribution of Chi may bring on pain, illness, or a weakened immune system.

  • How does acupuncture work?

    Many physical and emotional conditions involve obstruction of bioelectrical energy in the body. Restoring the body to a more balanced state can dramatically improve many of these conditions. Treatment insertion of very fine, sterile needles into specific points on the body to improve the circulation of Qi and restore the balance of Yin and Yang.

  • Modern science’s studies on mechanism of acupuncture?
    • Conduction of electromagnetic signals: Western scientists have found evidence that acupuncture points are strategic conductors of electromagnetic signals. Stimulating points along these pathways through acupuncture enables electromagnetic signals to be relayed at a greater rate than under normal conditions. These signals may start the flow of pain-killing biochemicals, such as endorphins, and of immune system cells to specific sites in the body that are injured or vulnerable to disease.
    • Activation of opioid systems: Research has found that several types of opioids may be released into the central nervous system during acupuncture treatment, thereby reducing pain.
    • Changes in brain chemistry, sensation and involuntary body functions: Studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones. Acupuncture also has been documented to affect the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes whereby a person’s blood pressure, blood flow and body temperature are regulated.
  • Does acupuncture hurt?

    Typically, acupuncture needles are fine and flexible, no bigger than a human hair or piece of thread. Deftly inserted into an acupoint by a skilled practitioner, the slender needle produces little or no sensation at all. Most patients are usually amazed at how comfortable and relaxing they are during treatment.

  • Is acupuncture safe?

    Absolutely, yes. We only use brand new, sterile, individually wrapped disposable needles with every patient. We also clean any area to be needled with disposable alcohol pads before any needling takes place. Also there is no medicine on the needle.

  • How deep are the needles inserted?

    All acupuncture points have a suggested needle insertion depth but we also take into account the size, age and constitution of the patient. A general range would be from 0.1 ” to 1.5″ in depth.

  • How long do treatments take?

    This depends on the patient’s condition and treatment plan. Normally each treament takes an average of 30 minutes to an hour.

  • How many treatments will I need?

    This depends on several factors such as the severity, duration and nature of your condition. For acute conditions as few as one or two sessions may be enough. Chronic conditions require more time, but signs of improvement are generally experienced soon after treatment begins.

  • What should I expect during my first treatment?

    Initial treatments are approximately one hour to 1.5 hours and consist of a detailed health intake and constitution, which addresses the entire person, an acupuncture session and any recommended herbal medicine. We will cover all aspects of your physical, mental and emotional state of health. We utilize a tongue evaluation and pulse diagnosis to determine the body’s state of health according to Traditional Oriental medical patterning. Based on this comprehensive information, a treatment plan is established. For acupuncture treatments, we recommend that you wear loose and comfortable clothing. Most patients experience deep relaxation or sleep during the treatments.

  • What should I do after an acupuncture session?

    It is most beneficial to be relaxed and rested after treatments. Please avoid alcohol, intense physical activities, stressful situations and caffeine for a few hours after treatments.

  • Are acupuncture treatments covered by insurance?

    we do accept health insurance, but coverage for acupuncture is varies between companies and plan. Please call your provider to verify if your plan covers acupuncture. We are happy to assist you with verifying and billing process.

    Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Saving Account (HSA)

    Acupuncture is considered qualified medical expense under (FSA) and (HSA).

    Automobile Insurance
    Many automobile insurance polices will cover the cost of acupuncture treatments that are deemed medically necessary as a result of a motor vehicle accident. A referral from your primary care physician stating the number of required treatments is usually all that is required. It is also important to verify your policy deductible and limit amount you’re your Personal Injury Projection (PIP) coverage.

    Workers Compensation
    Most Workers Compensation policies provide for acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture treatments are often an integral of the rehabilitation process from an injury received in the workplace. A referral from the treating physician stating the number of required treatments is usually all that is required. Please call this office if you have any questions or require assistance in contacting your treating physician’s office.