Here are some of the most common questions

new patients have about acupuncture…

Does getting acupuncture hurt?

This is usually the first question that comes up when new patients are asking about acupuncture. People associate needles with pain and just assume it’s going to hurt. Unlike hypodermic needles used for injections and drawing blood, acupuncture needles are super fine. Most people report unique sensations they describe as “tingly”, “heavy”, or “warm”, but generally not a sensation of pain or discomfort. The overall experience is one of relaxation and being refreshed. Many patients even fall asleep. 

How many treatments will I need to see an impact?

It depends upon the individual patient and the ailment being treated. Some people experience significant results after just one or two treatments. Others require multiple treatments. Generally speaking, chronic conditions take longer to remedy than acute conditions. 

The severity of the problem, how long the condition has been present, and the patient’s lifestyle and overall health can all impact the amount and duration of therapy.

We’ll be able to recommend a specific regimen for you once we get familiar with your unique situation. 

How should I prepare for my treatment?

It’s best to have a light meal prior to your treatment and not to come on an empty stomach. Also, wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. You’ll want to have easy access to your abdomen, as well as your legs below the knees, and your arms below the elbows.

What should I avoid prior to a treatment?

Avoid eating a heavy meal, drinking alcohol, strenuous activity, or excessive smoking. Prepare to be comfortable and relaxed.

Are acupuncture treatments covered by insurance?

It varies greatly depending on the insurance carrier and the specific treatment involved. You can ask us for more details or contact your insurance company to find out specifically.

Is acupuncture safe?

When delivered by a licensed, experienced professional (such as Dr. Chow), acupuncture is entirely safe. It’s appropriate for people of all ages, even the very young and very old. It’s safe for pregnant and nursing women as well as people in treatment for other medical conditions. The needles themselves are sterilized and single use. They are discarded after every treatment and never re-used.