Do acupuncture needles hurt?

It is possible that you may feel a tingling or aching sensation. For the majority of the time, however, you won’t even be able to feel the needles. They are much, much smaller than the types of needles used to give shots or draw blood, and they are inserted quickly, so that your nerves often can’t register that they are there. Many patients find treatments so relaxing that they fall asleep.

How many treatments will I need?

Acupuncture treatments are cumulative, so while it is possible for one treatment to help, you should expect to come once a week for 8-10 weeks in order to get the results you’re looking for.

How long does a treatment take?

Treatments usually take 60-90 minutes, depending on the person and what is being treated.

Do you take insurance?

Yes, we do! Our participating providers are: Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, MVP, United Healthcare, CDPHP, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. If you have one of these providers, however, this does not guarantee that your plan will cover acupuncture. When you come to your first appointment, bring your insurance card, and we will contact your insurance company to find out if your plan offers any benefits for acupuncture.

Do healthcare professionals recommend acupuncture?

This will obviously depend on the healthcare professional, but many do recommend acupuncture – and many studies have shown that acupuncture may more effective than regular medication for some health issues. Click the links below or look at our Facebook page if you would like more information.

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Will acupuncture work for me? What can it help with?

Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system, releasing chemicals such as endorphins into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These natural painkillers stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities, promoting physical and emotional well-being. So, even if for some reason we can’t heal a specific issue, your acupuncture sessions will almost certainly cause other problems to improve. Take a look at our “What Can Acupuncture Help?” tab to find put where acupuncture excels.

Is acupuncture only for pain relief?

Definitely not. Acupuncture can help with all sorts of things, including insomnia, infertility, focus, anxiety, and more. Again, look at our “What Can Acupuncture Help?” tab; if you can’t find the information you’re looking for, give as a call or shoot us an email through the “Contact” tab.

Will acupuncture have side effects?

Actually, acupuncture has very few side effects. However, treatments do affect everyone differently, so it is generally recommended that you take it easy after a treatment. We also recommend eating a light meal before your appointment, in order to reduce the likelihood of your becoming light headed or faint. Sometimes needles in certain acupuncture points can cause a residual ache or even some slight bruising lasting a couple of days after the treatment.  This can be soothed with topical ointments or a warm Epsom salt bath.  If you are in really poor health or have a chronic health problem, sometimes you will feel worse before you get better.  But this is rare, and when it does happen, it’s part of the healing process and goes away after a few treatments.  If you are worried about it, schedule a Saturday appointment so that you can rest on Sunday.
  Most people just experience the most common, positive side effects:  better sleep, more energy, less stress, mental clarity, and better digestion.

Do acupuncture needles have medicine on them?

No, they do not.

8 thoughts on “FAQ”

    1. Hi Joe, our initial first treatment that includes a comprehensive health history intake and a treatment is $95. Follow ups are $50 for 45-60 minutes of treatment or $95 for 90-120 minutes. You and your practitioner will work together to decide what you need to get better realistically.


  1. I’m victim to server and chronic migraines , my first at the age of 4. I’m 61. They’re getting worse. I’ve gone through most/all therapies. A friend recommended you to me.

    My insurance does not cover Acupuncture.

    Please give me an estimate of fees so I can budget treatments.

    Appreciate your time.

    Maggie Hull


    1. Hi Maggie,
      I’m so sorry to hear you are in pain. If you want us to walk you through everything we are at 518-409-6993. Here is the info you requested. With migraines, the does of the treatment should be 8-10 treatments done once a week.

      First treatment: $95 (includes a comprehensive health intake and a first treatment. At that time your practitioner tells you if you need the “Simple” or “The Works” to improve. We also tell you how many treatments we think you will need to get better.

      Subsequent treatments:

      “The Simple” treatment lasts 45-60 minutes, deals with 1-2 simple health issues, is done on either the front or the back side of the body as needed, and costs $50.
      The “Works” treatment lasts for 90 minutes, involves treating the front of the body, the back of the body, cupping, heat packs and/or infrared heat lamp. We may suggest herbs, supplements, or dietary changes. Treatments focus on dealing with multiple health problems and attempting to get to the root of your health issues. The cost is $95 (this does not include the cost of herbs).


  2. Just an FYI: read the PS in your ‘ about’ section. Oh , what you wrote about Matt Congdon , being fierce, etc. However short , it is BEAUTIFUL, what you wrote. ( nice how to me it certainly reveals the kind of person you are; practitioner too. ) I only learned of Matt via reading all Dave Blow’s columns on him.
    more beautiful writing . thank you. : )


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