What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture, simply stated, is an effective, non-invasive medical system used to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay well. Early Chinese physicians discovered there is an energy they called “Qi” that flows through a network of channels (called “meridians”) just below the surface of the skin. This network communicates from the exterior body to the internal organs and structures at over 1,000 acu-points on the body.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
At first glance, Acupuncture appears strange; an acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This activates the body’s Qi (vital energy) and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity, physical health and emotional health. It can also improve overall function and well being. Acupuncture is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems with no negative side effects.
How Many Treatments Are Needed?
An Acupuncture treatment consists of 10 sessions at 2-3 times per week. Most conditions will significantly improve or resolve in 1 to 3 treatments.The number of treatments vary with different conditions and people. Chronic problems usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Some patients notice immediate improvement after the first session; others may not notice any effect until the seventh or eighth visit. Research has shown that a percentage of patients may take up to three months to achieve results.
How Will I Feel?
A small number of patients will experience a worsening of symptoms, as the body’s energies are returning to normal. This is usual and no need for alarm. Patients are urged not to enter an Acupuncture program with the thought of “taking a few” to see what will happen. Even though it is possible to achieve success; a planned program of visits would have a better chance for success. Patients are encouraged to be patient with the healing process.
For acute problems where there has been little or no organ system or tissue damage, results are often permanent. For chronic conditions, symptoms may recur from time to time. Generally a few additional sessions are sufficient to obtain relief. It’s suggested that patients with severe or chronic conditions return for a booster treatment two to three times a year.
Does Insurance Cover Acupuncture?
Most Insurance plans at this time do not cover acupuncture treatment or if they do it is for a very specific reason like nausea secondary to cancer treatment. So if your insurance tells you they cover acupuncture make sure to ask for what conditions.
With that said; each of us has the freedom to place a different value on our health. Ultimately, good health is about personal responsibility. While an insurance company or other third party may be helpful, be careful. Don't allow a profit-motivated company to make decisions about what you do with your health. Find out how we make acupuncture care affordable for just about anyone.