Acupuncture 101: The Basics

Even if you’ve never had acupuncture before, you’ve probably heard reports of its impressive health benefits. Acupuncture can help improve countless health conditions, such as low-back pain, depression, infertility, digestive disorders and more.

Sounds great, right? But I bet you have some questions, too, if you’re new to natural healing. What is it? Does it hurt? Does insurance cover it?  Lucky for you, we’ve got the answers! Read on for the dish on Acupuncture 101:

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture encourages the body to heal naturally. Acupuncturists insert sterile, stainless-steel needles into specific points located near or on the surface of the skin. This can alter biochemical and physiological conditions to treat health problems.

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The points where the needles go are areas with electrical sensitivity. They’ve been mapped out over thousands of years and have been proven effective in the treatment of specific health problems.

How Deep Does the Needle Go?

Acupuncture points are located near or on the surface of the skin, usually 1/4 to 1 inch deep.

Does it Hurt?

Acupuncture needles are significantly thinner than hypodermic needles. They are so thin, in fact, that several acupuncture needles can go into the middle of a hypodermic needle. Many patients tell us they barely feel a thing! Here’s a photo to put this into perspective:

How Long Do Treatments Last?

The needles are usually left in place for twenty to forty minutes. Most people find the experience extremely relaxing and uplifting and even fall asleep for the duration of the treatment. A nap that heals… What could be better than that?!

Is It Safe?

Yes, acupuncture is extremely safe and sterile. Because it’s drug-free, you don’t have to worry about taking several doses of a medication or suffering side effects.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Acupuncture is a gradual healing process, and healing time varies from patient to patient. You can schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Marina to get an idea of how your unique treatment plan will look.

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Will My Insurance Cover Acupuncture?

Many insurance companies now offer policies that cover acupuncture and related services. Just give us a bit of information about your insurance, and we’ll be happy to check.  Also, acupuncture is generally tax deductible as a medical expense.

Acupuncture is an effective, natural way to treat many health conditions. It emphasizes a holistic approach that treats the whole person instead of isolating and separating a disease or health problem from the person. Contact us today to find out more about attaining a healthy mind and body balance with acupuncture!

What other questions do you have about acupuncture? Or, if you’ve tried it, what was your experience?

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