This is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world.
Acupuncture simply kick-starts your body to do what it already knows how to do, which is to circulate blood and energy to an affected area to renew function. Acupuncture reminds your body and all it’s lovely parts how to do their jobs effectively.
Acupuncture is even more effective when combined with herbs and proper nutrition. This is not a requirement, however I am a proponent of the combining the methods.
What should I expect?
During your session, you’ll be in a comfortable position on the table. Actual insertion takes 5-7 minutes; relaxation time is for about 30 minutes. This allows your body to begin to integrate the changes, and allows you to rest and unwind.
Does it hurt?
I’m known for having a light touch. Occasionally, 1 or 2 points will sing to you. This is quite normal. If a point is particularly sensitive, my insertion style can be altered.
How long does acupuncture take to work?
Some people notice a difference immediately – others notice changes after a series of visits.
It depends on what other modalities we use; what is causing the symptoms; length of time you’ve had the symptoms; current habits… and the list goes on.
The beauty of acupuncture is that it encourages us to see each person as an individual – thus, we cannot predict how long each individual will take to respond.
My personal rule of thumb, if you don’t see improvement after 5 visits, we’ll shift gears.
Do I need to do anything in particular before or after a visit?
Not really. Response to sessions is very personal. Some people feel energized afterwards; others like to mellow out the rest of the day. Whatever feels like the best fit for you is fine!
Does insurance cover acupuncture?
Some policies do! Contact your insurance provider to find out what your benefits are. If you have coverage, I won’t bill your insurance (except VA Choice). You will pay me at the time of service, and I’ll give you a bill you can send to your insurance company for reimbursement.
You can also use HSA benefits to pay for acupuncture sessions.
What does it treat?
Research has shown acupuncture treats many disorders, including:
all types of pain
auto-immune related symptoms
indigestion, constipation, IBS
menopause & PMS symptoms
nausea, food sensitivities
This list is not exhaustive!
Ready to get started?