Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


How old is Chinese Medicine?

Chinese medicine dates back over 2,500 years.

How does Chinese medicine work?

Chinese medicine uses tiny needles to access and activate Qi (pronounced “chee” – most closely translated into Western thought as “vital energy”) which helps nurture the body back to health by helping resolve energy imbalances.

What are the needles like?

Acupuncture needles are solid, not hollow like needles used by doctors. They are small, hair-thin and can literally be bent with your pinky finger. Only sterile, disposable needles are used so there is no risk of infection. A needle is used only once, then disposed of.

Does the FDA regulate acupuncture needles?

In 1996, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) removed the experimental status tag on acupuncture needles. The FDA reclassified acupuncture needles, regulating them as it does medical devices such as surgical scalpels and hypodermic syringes. Acupuncture needles must now be manufactured according to single-use standards of sterility.

Does it hurt?

People experience the needling sensation differently. There are different styles of needling. I needle in Japanese style, which requires a gentle insertion of the needle under the skin, causing the Qi to rise to the needle. Acupuncture needles are rarely described as painful and can be quickly adjusted if the patient feels any discomfort. If any unpleasant sensation is experienced during insertion, it is often compared to a mosquito bite and disappears very quickly. Once the needles are inserted, they may be manipulated to obtain a mild Qi sensation. This is how an acupuncturist engages the energy and biochemical responses of your body in order to balance it. Often people describe their sensations as warming, heavy, numb or tingling. I take great care to make my patients very comfortable so that they can relax while the needles are in place. The more you can relax during an acupuncture treatment, the better the results. Many people even fall asleep during treatment. Following a treatment it is common to feel a tremendous sense of relaxation and calm.

Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?

No. Acupuncture works whether or not you think it will. Acupuncture is even used successfully on animals and children. They do not understand or believe in the process, yet they get better. Of course a positive attitude helps with any type of therapy, but it is not necessary to believe in acupuncture (or consciously feel it working) for it to be effective. Since positive expectations and belief in a particular therapy help to increase therapeutic results, I encourage you to raise any concerns or doubts you may have about acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. I’d like to help you better understand acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine so you have the most positive healing experience possible. I encourage you to contact me at any time and I will promptly respond to your questions or concerns.

Does acupuncture always help?

No, but it usually does. If you do not feel any benefit after three to five treatments, then acupuncture may not be the right course of treatment for you.

What should I wear for the treatment?

Wear loose-fitting clothing that can be easily rolled up above your elbows and knees.

How quickly can I expect to feel better?

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Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Some insurance does include acupuncture treatment. Check with your insurance plan. I do not file insurance claims, but I will give you a receipt which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

How often should I be treated?

Typically, I treat patients once a week. If the condition is acute and painful, it may require two to three treatments per week for the first couple of weeks. After that, patients usually come periodically for maintenance.