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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: ARE NEEDLE TREATMENTS PAINFUL?

A: Patients who have received inoculations or other medical injections from a hypodermic needle are some- times fearful that acupuncture treatments will be as painful. But such is not the case. Medical hypodermic needles are stiff, hollow, and thick for forcing liquid into the patient's flesh, usually an uncomfortable, if not painful, procedure. Typically, acupuncture needles are fine and flexible, no bigger around than a human hair or piece of thread. Deftly inserted into an acupoint by a skilled acupuncturist, the slender needle produces little or no sensation at all. When the needle makes contact with Chi, the energy, most patients experience a slight tingling sensation. First- time patients are usually amazed at how comfortable they are during treatment.
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Q: ARE ACUPUNCTURE NEEDLES STERILE AND SAFE?

A: Yes. Our clinic uses only single-use, disposable, pre-sterilized acupuncture needles. The needles are manufactured, packaged, and shipped in sterilized containers in compliance with the very strict government laws. Needles are discarded after each treatment. This eliminates the possibility of contamination and disease transmission.
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Q: BESIDES NEEDLES, WHAT ARE OTHER TREATMENT OPTIONS?

A: While needle treatment is traditional, other effective means of bringing about the desired physiological response include acupressure (finger pressure), electronic stimulation, heat, cold, moxabustion, herbal therapy, and cupping.
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Q: HOW MANY TREATMENTS AND HOW OFTEN?

A: Acupuncture works by treating the underlying cause of disease, not merely the symptoms, in order to produce lasting results. The number of treatments varies with the seriousness of the problem and with individual patients. Chronic or long-term problems often require a somewhat longer treatment period.
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Q: IS ACUPUNCTURE COMMON AS A MEDICAL TREATMENT?

A: Acupuncture has become universally accepted. It is being utilized in more and more hospitals, wellness centers, pain management centers, doctor's offices (chiropractic, dental, medical, veterinary), and rehabilitation centers, where acupuncturists are a welcomed and valuable part of the team.
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Q: IS ACUPUNCTURE COVERED BY INSURANCE?

A: More and more health insurance companies are covering acupuncture. As policies greatly differ, we recommend that you contact your insurance provider directly to inquire whether acupuncture is covered under your specific policy.
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