Frequently Asked Questions


How long is a typical appointment?

50 – 55 minutes for both new and returning patient visits
25 – 30 minutes for a simple stress buster treatment

What should I expect during my visit?

During your visit, I will perform a thorough intake consisting of assessment of chief complaints, review of health history, and pulse diagnosis.  This will be followed by the development and implementation of a customized treatment plan.

Is acupuncture covered by Insurance?

If you have insurance, bring your card on the first visit in order to find out if your policy covers any of the treatment modalities offered.

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture needles are rarely described as painful, and can be quickly adjusted if the patient experiences discomfort.

Do I have to believe in it for it to work?

No. Acupuncture works whether or not you think it will. Acupuncture is even used successfully on animals, thus dispelling the notion that is simply a placebo effect.

What if I don’t like needles?

We are experienced in multiple modalities of treatment. Acupuncture is just one of them. If you prefer not to get acupuncture, I will choose a different but still effective technique that doesn’t require needles.

How quickly can I expect to feel better?

In general, patients should start to feel the benefits from Acupuncture in 2-3 treatments. Some longstanding chronic conditions may take more treatments.

How often should I be treated?

Typically, patients are treated once a week. If the condition is acute and painful, more frequent treatments may be necessary for the first few weeks.

How does it work?

In short, it enhances and regulates your body’s own restorative abilities. For an in depth view on  how Acupuncture works, please read this article that presents both traditional and modern views.

Are herbal prescriptions safe?

Chinese herbal formulas are specially formulated combinations of traditional herbs that are intended to compliment acupuncture treatments for most conditions. The herbs are sourced from certified facilities that follow strict quality control and check for pesticides, heavy metals, and bacteria.