Frequently Asked Questions
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a medical therapy developed over 2000 years ago in Asia. Acupuncture stimulates specific points beneath the skin by the insertion of acupuncture needles. This process restores the balance of the body’s energy, also knows as “Qi” (pronounced chee).
Is it covered by insurance?
Yes. Many insurance companies are now offering acupuncture benefits, although coverage varies by provider and plan. Check with you insurance provider to see what coverage your plan offers for acupuncture. I am certified to take Blue Cross, HPHC, Aetna, Tufts, United and Allways.
What should I expect for my first treatment?
Prior to arriving for your first acupuncture appointment, you will complete a comprehensive intake form. The intake form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Eastern medicine takes everything into account.
After reviewing your intake form, we will discuss your condition, and I will examine your pulse and tongue, which are two of the basic diagnostic methods of Eastern medicine. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Will it hurt?
Acupuncture needles are extremely thin, like a strand of hair. You may feel little or no discomfort as the needles are inserted as the process is typically painless. You may feel different sensations including achiness, tingling, warmth, or pressure. These energetic sensations differs from pain. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing.