FAQ

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.

Our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/Acupuncture-Nirvana-346731375457115/

Acupuncture and chronic pain relief:
https://www.verywell.com/acupuncture-for-chronic-pain-relief-88708

Acupuncture and infertility:
https://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1716-acupuncture-outperforms-drugs-for-infertility-promotes-pregnancy

Acupuncture and insomnia:
https://blog.bulletproof.com/how-to-cure-insomnia-with-acupuncture/

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.

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