Acupuncture Frequently Asked Questions
What Are The Top Acupuncture Benefits?
What are acupuncture benefits and how can it help you? Used in China as a holistic system of medicine for over 3,000 years, acupuncture benefits nearly any human condition in some form or fashion. Acupuncture excels at getting things to move in the body, this improves circulation, inflammation and energy flow allowing your body to heal more efficiently.
How often do you need to get acupuncture?
Again, this depends on the condition being treated. But as a general guideline, we often start out at once per week until your symptoms stabilize. If you symptoms are severe, such as a pain level of 7 out of 10 or higher, we may suggest you come twice a week until the pain level decreases. Once your symptoms stabilize and you feel well from one treatment to the next, we decrease the frequency. If you are seeking support for low-level chronic issues, we often recommend every two weeks or once per month.
How many needles are used in acupuncture?
We try to use as few needles as possible to create the desired effect. If you seek treatment for only one complaint, you may have 6-10 needles. If you have multiple complaints that are long-standing, you may have upwards of 20 needles. But it is important to realize that acupuncture needles are smaller than any needle you have every been poked with, so the sensation will be nothing like receiving a shot or getting a piercing. It is much more pleasant.
What conditions can be treated by acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an effective treatment for many conditions. In our experience, acupuncture is helpful 80% of the time. Please see our Conditions Treated page to get a list of some of our favorite or most commonly seen conditions. Also, check out the World Health Organization’s Official Position on acupuncture to see an extensive list of conditions that acupuncture can treat.
How much do acupuncture treatments cost?
The initial treatment is $100. Follow up treatments are $80. Treatment packages are offered at a discounted rate.
How long is a session of acupuncture?
The initial treatment is 90 minutes long. It involves about 45 minutes of discussion about your health history and current complaints. The last 45 minutes are diagnostic procedures, such as tongue and pulse diagnosis, followed by acupuncture.
Do you take insurance?
We are happy to provide you with a super-bill that you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement. Unfortunately, most insurance carriers in Kentucky do not cover acupuncture. Please check with your insurance before your first appointment to see if you are covered. If you are seeking treatment for a motor vehicle accident and have filed a claim, we can easily bill your insurance for your acupuncture treatment. However, we do not bill any personal health insurance plans in our office.
What style of acupuncture do you use?
Our acupuncturists were trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine. We have also received training in Tung (Korean) style, Tan style, Five Element, Japanese, Channel Theory, and Auricular acupuncture. Each practitioner utilizes their knowledge in a slightly different way, creating their own style in the treatment room. Sometimes it takes a couple treatments of trying different methods to determine which is right for your body.
What sets you apart from other practitioners?
We do our best to ensure your comfort so that you can have a safe and relaxing experience. We do some form of manual therapy, such as massage, during every session, to enhance your comfort and the effect of the acupuncture. We listen intently to your needs and meet them as best we can. Each of our practitioners has unique credentials and additional training that brings useful insight to individual treatments. Please see our Practitioners page to learn more.
Is acupuncture painful?
The hair-thin needles are virtually painless and our insertion technique is refined. We make sure to use your breath as a guide and will frequently check in with you to make sure your experience is peaceful and easy.
How many sessions of acupuncture do you need?
It varies depending on the length of time you have had your symptoms and their severity. A chronic condition may require more treatments, whereas an acute condition may require just a few. We will discuss what you may expect during your first treatment. In general, we ask that you commit to six treatments before we reevaluate.
What are the side effects of acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the most commonly practiced modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine which is one of the oldest, continuous medical practices in the world. Acupuncture is safe and effective at getting things to flow and move throughout the body such as circulation, inflammation and energy. After receiving treatment, you may experience a few side effects of acupuncture. These side effects are minor but knowing what to expect may ease some anxiety before your first treatment.