How Does Acupuncture Work?
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy course the body along specific pathways called meridians. These meridians are like rivers that flow through the body to irrigate and nourish tissues and organs. An obstruction in the movement of these channels is like a dam that floods one area, while starving another. Acupuncture works by guiding the flow of energy, leading it to areas where it is insufficient and draining it from areas where it is blocked and overabundant.
Researchers in the biomedical field have not yet reached a consensus on the mechanism of acupuncture. However, leading research by Dr. Helene Langevin of the University of Vermont suggests the meridian system may be comprised of sheaths of connective tissue, and that acupuncture may work by stimulating cellular communication along connective tissue pathways.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes, acupuncture is extremely safe. Licensed acupuncturists today use sterilized, disposable needles, so there is virtually no chance of infection or contagion. Acupuncture is also a drug-free therapy, so serious side effects are rare.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
I am focused on providing comfortable and effective acupuncture treatments. I aim to make your acupuncture as painless as possible, while achieving optimum results. My patients report sensations ranging from mild tingling or warmth at the point of needle insertion to more dramatic feelings of movement or muscle twitching. These sensations are a desirable result that signify activation of the acupuncture point. Overall, a majority of patients find acupuncture to be comfortable and very relaxing.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture's ability to treat over 40 conditions, including:
Headache and Migraine
Facial Pain (TMJ, TGN)
Irregular and Painful Periods
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
High Blood Pressure
General Health Maintenance
How Much Treatment Will I Need?
I generally recommend patients start with a course of three consecutive weekly treatments, because that's what it takes for most people to see major improvement. However, some feel much better after just two sessions, while for others it takes four or five. Your course of treatment will depend on your particular condition and how you respond - three is just a good average of what to expect. After that, I recommend patients return for a follow-up one month later to support long-term relief.
How Should I Prepare for My Visit?
Expect your session to last up to 90 minutes for
the first visit, and up to 60 minutes for follow-ups. Try to eat a light meal sometime before your appointment – enough so you don’t feel hungry during treatment. Loose comfortable clothing is
recommended. If possible, avoid exercising or engaging in strenuous activity right after your appointment. The more you’re able to relax and absorb the treatment, the better you’ll feel.
Do You Accept Insurance?
While I do not accept insurance directly, I can provide you with an industry-standard “superbill” which you may submit for reimbursement from your health insurance company. Since policies vary, it is always best to check with your insurance provider in advance to determine your eligibility and level of coverage. Acupuncture is also a covered medical expense under most Flex Spending/Health Savings accounts.
Per treatment - $85
Package of 4 - $290 (a 15% discount)*
*Treatment packages must be paid in full at the time
of the initial visit, and must be used within 2 months of purchase.