What is acupuncture? How does it work?

In the technical sense, acupuncture is a simple technique: the superficial insertion of sterile, disposable, single-use needles into the body for the purpose of improving circulation of body fluids, blood, and what the ancient Chinese called Qi, energy. By needling specific sites in the body, we are regulating this circulation and in turn the functioning of the internal organs. Acupuncture originated in China several thousand years ago and has been studied, practiced, and developed ever since. It is an incredibly safe and effective holistic form of healthcare.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes, we accept most major health insurances. Find out here to see if your policy covers acupuncture.

What else do you do besides acupuncture?

In addition to acupuncture, we provide wellness coaching, Chinese dietary therapy, and Asian bodywork (cupping, gua sha, tui na) — all on an as-needed basis, incorporated into your acupuncture session.

Can Acupuncture Treat ___ ?

Acupuncture works by promoting the body’s innate ability to heal itself, which is why it is an effective treatment for such a wide variety of conditions, such as (but not limited to) pain, anxiety, arthritis, allergies, migraines, menstrual disorders, and digestive disorders.

The World Health Organization declared a list of a wide variety of conditions that have proven through clinical trials to be effectively treated by acupuncture. This list, though long, is not comprehensive.

Because acupuncture treats the whole person (body, mind, spirit), someone who comes in for back pain may notice improvement in many other aspects of their life, such as digestion, anxiety, and overall sense of wellbeing. You need not have a specific ailment to benefit from acupuncture treatment. It is a maintenance and preventative medicine as well, and improves overall health and wellbeing.

How much acupuncture do I need to get better?

This depends on how severe your symptoms are, and for how long you’ve had them. In general, for chronic conditions, you can expect a longer course of treatment. For acute conditions, several sessions close together is ideal. Often you will start feeling better after one or several sessions, but it may take a longer time to completely resolve the underlying issue & bring you back into harmony within yourself. At your first consultation we will determine and discuss what your path to wellness may look like.