Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Are the needles used only once?
The Licensed Acupuncturist uses only single-use, sterile acupuncture needles that are properly disposed of after each use.
I am afraid of needles. Does acupuncture hurt?
The acupuncture needles used during the treatment are very fine and are not designed to puncture the skin like when receiving a vaccination. Most patients that experience fear of needles have no problem receiving treatment and overcome their worries after the insertion of the first needle.
How long will my treatment last?
Your first appointment may take up to 1 hour and 30 minutes so that the practitioner may perform a complete patient intake, diagnosis, and treatment. Subsequent appointments may last only 30 minutes and extend up to 1 hour in total duration.
Is acupuncture covered by my health insurance?
Acupuncture may be covered by your insurance plan. Call your health insurance customer service center to determine your benefits coverage. We are an out of network provider for all insurance companies and we will electronically submit your insurance claim for reimbursement. Make sure to bring your insurance card with you to your first treatment so we are able to confirm your available benefits.
What are my other options for reimbursement or tax deduction?
According to the IRS, acupuncture is considered a qualified medical expense and you may use a Health Savings Account (HSA), Health Reimbursement Account (HRA), or Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), to pay for your treatment. You may also be eligible to claim the expense as a deduction on your annual tax return if you meet certain requirements. Contact your tax advisor for additional guidance and to confirm your eligibility. For more detailed information, please refer to IRS Publication 502 titled, “Medical and Dental Expenses”.
Am I able to eat prior to receiving treatment?
It is best to receive an acupuncture treatment when you are not feeling overly tired, drained or hungry. Acupuncture moves your body’s energy and can cause dizziness or fainting if you are hungry or excessively tired. We ask that you consume a small snack or small meal approximately two hours prior to receiving your treatment.
What should I wear to my appointment?
Please wear or bring loose comfortable clothing. Shorts or pants with leg openings that fit comfortably over the knee and short sleeve shirts are recommended. Please do not use any moisturizer or makeup products.
What should I do after my appointment?
Most patients respond quite favorably to acupuncture and often feel very grounded and calm after receiving a treatment. Typically the treatment’s effects will peak approximately 24 hours after the first treatment. Acupuncture builds on itself; with every additional treatment, the positive effects will last longer. To maximize its benefits, for the remainder of the day after receiving a treatment you should take it relatively easy, drink plenty of water and stay hydrated, avoid strenuous activity, avoid alcohol, eat light meals, and resist taking a shower until the next morning.