Questions & Answers about Acupuncture
Q. Does acupuncture hurt?
A. The body experiences different types of sensation which people in the Western world refer to as pain. There can be pain from the needle stick,which feels like a bee sting. This last only a few seconds. When the needle enters the points on a meridian there can be a sensation of electrical stimulation or numbness. This usually leads to a tingling, then a release into an experience of relaxation. Many patients fall asleep during a treatment. These sensations are generally foreign to Western culture.
Q. Are the needles clean?
A. We use only sterile, individually packaged, disposible needles. Needles are then thrown away.
Q. How many treatments will I need?
A. As a general rule, the longer and more severe the problem the more treatments are required. Most people obtain a certain amount of relief after the first treatment. An acute condition (headache,cold,etc.) may require only one treatment. Chronic conditions require anywhere from 5 to 15 treatments. For severe conditions (degeneration of bone or tissue) may need many treatments over an extended period.
Q. Is there anything I need to do before receiving an acupunture treatment?
Q. How much is a treatment?
A. $100 first visit, after that $80 per treatment. Chinese herbs (if required) are extra charge.
Q. Do you treat more than one ailment?
A. I tell patients to make a list of ailments and bring to the first session. This way I can do my best to treat you in a holistic manner. This is done at no extra charge.
Q. Is Acupuncture covered by insurance?
A. Unfortunately Acupuncture is not covered in Alabama. BUT a few companies cover a certain percentage of some services. Please check with your insurance company.