Does acupuncture hurt?

Patients experience acupuncture needle sensations differently.  Most patients report acupuncture is painless, when done by a trained professional. There may be discomfort at insertion which lasts only a brief moment. Specific points and areas on the body can be sensitive for particular individuals.

Afraid of needles? No problem. At Superior Being Acupuncture & Wellness we have a variety of other healing modalities to help restore health.

What can I expect at my initial visit?

Your initial visit will last 75-90 minutes. The practitioner will take a detailed health history, discuss your main complaint and goals for treatment. We will answer any questions or concerns you have regarding acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Often times the practitioner will use a traditional form of diagnosis and take the patient’s pulse and tongue reading.

A treatment plan will be presented and treatment will begin. Needles are retained for 30 minutes in which the patient can relax on the treatment table. After the removal of needles, discussion of follow-up treatments and home care instructions will be given as well as answering any lingering questions.

Is acupuncture safe?

When practiced properly, acupuncture is safe. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires that needles be sterile, nontoxic, and labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.

How many visits are needed for effective treatment?

The number of visits depends on the presented disorder and the patient’s overall health. An acute disorder may only need one or two treatments.  Chronic conditions require more.  4-6 treatments is a common acupuncture prescription.  

Why should I try acupuncture?

If you are looking for a natural healing method and/or have tried other methods of treatment with little relief, acupuncture may be right for you.

What type of training does an acupuncturist have?

3-4 years of education with 3,000 or more hours of didactic and clinical training, resulting in a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. All acupuncturists must pass comprehensive board exams and meet guidelines to maintain state licensure.

How to benefit the most from your sessions?

  • Follow any recommendations provided to you by the practitioner.
  • Keep track of any changes you experience such as pain level, sleep pattern and energy level between visits.
  • Keep your appointments.  Each acupuncture treatment builds on the previous treatments.
  • Show up on time.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Refrain from eating large meals before your treatment, but don’t come with an empty stomach either.
  • Drink a lot of water after your treatment.
  • Refrain from drinking alcohol or participating in rigorous activity directly after your treatment. Listen to your body.
  • Discuss any questions or concerns that arise with your practitioner.

Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Some insurance plans reimburse for acupuncture.  Ask your insurance provider if they reimburse for treatment by a licensed acupuncturist.