• DO ACUPUNCTURE NEEDLES HURT?

      This is the first question most people ask me. Although needles are used in acupuncture, they are quite flexible and are the width of 2-3 strands of hair. They are not hollow and do not have a cutting edge like hypodermic needles. To give you a better idea, 30 acupuncture needles can fit into the hole of a hypodermic needle. Treatments are relatively pain-free for the majority of patients.

    • ARE THE NEEDLES STERILE?

      Yes. Licensed acupuncturists are required to be certified in Clean Needle Techniques and only use sterilized, individually packaged, disposable needles.

    • CAN I GET A DISEASE LIKE HEPATITIS FROM ACUPUNCTURE?

      No. Every licensed, board certified acupuncturist is trained to prevent the transmission of diseases. Like in a hospital, acupuncturists use only disposable needles, which are used only once on patients and then discarded.

    • WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE TREATMENT?

      We recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing to receive acupuncture treatment. Try to arrive 5 or 10 minutes before your appointment to give yourself a chance to relax. Try to avoid the following:

      • Eating a big meal within one hour of your appointment
      • Fasting for more than six hours before your appointment
      • Alcohol, tobacco, food or drinks that color your tongue (such as coffee) immediately prior to treatment or just following a treatment
      • Vigorous exercise within the hour before treatment
    • HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?

      Length, number and frequency of sessions vary. For most conditions, a series of several sessions is necessary to achieve the maximum benefit. After an initial consultation, the acupuncturist should provide you with a treatment plan that includes the techniques to be used, as well as the frequency and duration of treatment.

    • DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?

      My practice does accept insurance for acupuncture patients. I can also verify your insurance benefits before you arrive so you can know if you're covered before arriving. Simply complete the online form. I will contact you as soon as the benefits are established.