These are some of the most common questions that new patients have about acupuncture. If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!
There are many reasons to try acupuncture. Many patients come to acupuncture seeking relief for symptoms when Western medical treatments have proven to have limited effects. Some patients are simply curious about the health and wellness benefits of this ancient healing modality. We learned a saying while we were studying at Maryland University of Integrative Health: “Acupuncture treats the person, not the disease.” Using this holistic approach, acupuncture is effective in addressing a variety of conditions and improving overall quality of life.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very small and thin, and treatment is generally not painful. Sometimes patients experience sensations of aching, pressure, or even chills during treatment, as the needles are connecting with and moving Qi, or life-force.
Is there a risk of infection from acupuncture? No. All needles used are sterile, single-use needles. Practitioners have been trained in Clean Needle Technique and use universal precautions.
Can children get acupuncture? Yes! Acupuncture is very effective for children and adolescents.
What will happen at my first treatment?
During your first visit, your practitioner will spend from 90-120 minutes with you. An in-depth medical history will be taken, and your practitioner will conduct a traditional Chinese medicine physical exam, including taking pulses, palpating acupuncture points, and examining the tongue. Pulses are read on each wrist and indicate to the practitioner the state of balance of 12 different organ systems. Tongue diagnosis is an important part of Chinese medicine and is used to determine the nature of the patterns present within each patient. Following this interview and exam, your practitioner will provide the first treatment. Subsequent treatments will last 60 minutes.
How many treatments will I need?
Generally, patients feel better in body-mind-spirit even after one treatment. We encourage you to take note of changes that arise after treatment. To experience the full benefits of acupuncture, a course of at least 6 treatments is recommended. Treatment plans will vary depending on the length and severity of symptoms. Many patients find that acupuncture becomes an important part of their ongoing wellness practices.
How often will I need to come for treatment?
Initially, it is often helpful to come weekly for treatment. Then, as the body begins to regain balance as a result of treatments, you will come every two to three weeks, gradually reducing frequency. Each individual will have unique needs and a treatment plan will be developed to best meet your needs.
How much does it cost?
The initial appointment (90-120 minutes) is $125. Follow-up appointments (60 minutes) are $85.
Do you take insurance?
We are in-network providers with CareFirst, Aetna, United Healthcare, and the VA Community Care Network.
If you do not have in-network coverage, many insurance companies cover acupuncture and will reimburse you for services rendered by out-of-network providers. At your request, we can provide all paperwork necessary to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Additionally, acupuncture is generally an eligible expense with an FSA (Flexible Spending Account), HSA (Health Savings Account), or HRA (Health Reimbursement Account).
Additionally, acupuncture is generally an eligible expense with an FSA (Flexible Spending Account), HSA (Health Savings Account), or HRA (Health Reimbursement Arrangement).