The Acupuncture Center

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of several therapies used in Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, sterile, disposable needles inserted at specific points on the body to subtly influence how the body is functioning. These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of two thousand years. Western science is not yet able to explain in its own terms the mechanism behind acupuncture, but has noted its effects on many of the body’s systems including the neurological, endocrine, respiratory, and digestive systems.

WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?

One of the most commonly asked questions about acupuncture is, “What does it treat?” Perhaps a better question is actually, “What doesn’t it treat?” Because Traditional Chinese Medicine is designed to balance the whole body (rather than just subduing a symptom or working in isolation), there are very few illnesses or health disorders beyond the scope of acupuncture.

IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE FOR CHILDREN?

Yes, acupuncture is safe for children in the hands of a trained practitioner. The government estimates about 150,000 children in the US underwent acupuncture in 2007.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

The number of treatments needed depends on the unique facts of each person’s case, including duration, severity and nature. You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition or a series of treatments for chronic problems.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS TO THE TREATMENT?

No. As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place. Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. It is quite common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These pass within a short time, and never require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome.

WHAT ARE THE NEEDLES LIKE? DO THEY HURT?

Acupuncture needles are very thin (a strand of hair), flexible and solid and are made from stainless steel.  People experience acupuncture differently. Most patients feel only minimal sensation as the needles are inserted; some feel a dull pressure, tingling sensation, warmth and some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt.

HOW ARE THE NEEDLES CLEANED?

Dr. Gong uses only sterilized, disposable stainless steel needles.

IS ACUPUNCTURE COVERED BY HEALTH INSURANCE?

Yes, many insurance companies currently provide coverage for acupuncture. Please call your health insurance provider to determine if they have acupuncture benefits. It is common that even with health insurance coverage, a patient pays for the services up front, and is reimbursed by their insurance company later.

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