Frequently Asked Questions
What does acupuncture treat?
Because acupuncture affects the nervous, circulatory, endocrine, and immune systems, it is a whole system of medicine and can treat a wide variety of issues. Most commonly, acupuncture helps with neck and low back pain, sciatica, knee pain, osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis, migraine and headache. It is also helpful for menopause related hot flashes and night sweats, irregular menses, infertility, anxiety and depression, and fatigue.
Does acupuncture hurt?
The needles used for acupuncture are about as thin as a strand of hair. This allows acupuncture to be much more comfortable than most people expect. Typically, the sensation feels similar to a mosquito bite, and is very subtle and comfortable. Many patients are so relaxed they fall asleep!
Does my insurance cover acupuncture?
Insurances are beginning to cover acupuncture more and more. Many larger plans such as UPMC and the Federal Blue Cross plan (FEP) cover acupuncture. If your insurance does not cover acupuncture, you may be able to use your Health Savings Account or Flex Plan. I recommend calling your insurance company to see if you have coverage.
How many times will I have to come?
This can be one of the hardest questions to answer. Acupuncture is a very safe and effective treatment for many conditions. But because it is so gentle and works with the body to initiate healing, it may take several treatments to see profound lasting effects. It is usually recommended to plan on 4-6 initial visits once or twice a week to build up a cumulative effect. Then once improvement is seen, appointments can be spread out less often. Once symptoms are improved and holding, some patients continue with monthly maintenance visits, while others return when/if needed.