Frequently Asked Questions
Does acupuncture hurt?
The sensations the patients feel vary from no sensation to a mild ache or tingling pressure as needles are inserted. Most often patients report that the sensation is brief and even find the experience relaxing and even fall asleep during the treatment.
Acupuncture needles are 25-50 times thinner than a hypodermic needle. (Hypodermic needles are used to inject substances into body like flu shot or IV needle). They are solid and hair-thin.
Are needles safe?
Acupuncture needles are sterile, disposable and are used one-time. They are discarded after each use.
How often do I need to come?
The frequency of treatments depends on how body is able to integrate and move towards health. It is generally recommended that clients receive acupuncture weekly for the first few treatments then be re-evaluated. After initial phase, treatment may be spaced out every two weeks then every month or so. After that, many people choose to come in seasonally. It is important to keep in mind that the healing is a process and one or two treatments is usually not sustaining although it can be extremely powerful. Feel free to contact the practitioner for any concerns and your treatment schedule will be planned so that it fits your needs.
Do you have to be “sick” or in pain to get acupuncture?
No, as it is also a great form of preventative medicine. People who come in curious often leave with a greater sense of purpose in life, are more joyful, feel better, and have more connected relationships with the ones they love. New levels of awareness can be achieved in order to take the next step in wellness.
Will my insurance cover?
We are a preferred provider for Aetna, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, and Cigna. We will gladly assist you with insurance verification for acupuncture services. Depending on the type of policy, you may have out-of-network benefit if you are covered by a different insurance carrier. You may also contact your insurance provider to find out what kind of care is covered. Full payment is due at each treatment and receipt will be provided for reimbursement purpose. Here are some questions to ask your insurance provider:
- Will my plan cover acupuncture? Do I have In or Out of Network benefits or limits?
- If the answer is yes, is it for anesthesia-only acupuncture benefit? (this means they will not reimburse for your treatment)
- How many visits per calendar year?
- Do I need a referral?
- Do I have a deductible? If yes, has it been met?
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