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What is Acupuncture?
What happens at an Acupuncture appointment?
Does it hurt?
How many visits until I feel better?
Is this covered by insurance?
What should I tell my Doctor?
What training is involved to become an acupuncturist?
Acupuncture is a component of the health care system of China that can be traced back at least 2,500 years. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture may, it has been theorized, correct imbalances of flow at identifiable points close to the skin.
The practice of acupuncture to treat identifiable disease conditions in American medicine was rare until the visit of President Richard M. Nixon to China in 1972. Since that time, there has been an explosion of interest in the United States and Europe in the application of the technique of acupuncture to Western medicine.
Acupuncture is a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical locations on or in the skin by a variety of techniques. There are a variety of approaches to diagnosis and treatment in American acupuncture that incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. The most thoroughly studied mechanism of stimulation of acupuncture points employs penetration of the skin by thin, solid, metallic needles, which are manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation. (From MedicineNet)
During the treatment I will evaluate your pulse and press specific places on your abdomen to evaluate overall health. Once a diagnosis is made I will use insertive or non-insertive acupuncture techniques to correct imbalances and then check your pulse and abdomen again. This method gives me instant feedback on whether or not the treatment is effective for you. If it is not addressing the imbalances effectively, corrections can be made during the treatment.
I won’t feel a thing! All joking aside Acupuncture needles are NOT the same thing you see at your Doctor’s office. Acupuncture needles are millimeters thick — about the width of a human hair. When the needles are placed you can feel sensations as the acupuncture points are activated. I will be there through the placement of the needles and am happy to talk with you about any sensations you are feeling. If needles aren’t your thing at all, I can also use non-insertive techniques.
Many people ask this question and the honest answer is, it depends. I am happy to speak with you about your health and treatment expectations personally. Please contact me.
While some states regulate insurance coverage for acupuncture, Massachusetts isn’t one of them. Acupuncture is an eligible expense for FSA and HSA accounts and I will give you an appropriate receipt at the end of every visit.
I recommend you tell your Doctor about all of the care you receive for your health and wellbeing. I enjoy speaking with Doctors and, with your permission, happy to become part of your health care team.
This is a great question! Each state has its own regulations for acupuncture training and certification. In Massachusetts, acupuncturists are licensed by the state medical board after passing national exams. My training consisted of 4 years of study including 600 hours of supervised clinical internship. In addition I completed over 500 additional hours through apprenticeships with experts in my field.