Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions about Acupuncuture and my Treatments

How does Acupuncture Work?

When the body has areas of blockages and areas of deficient or excess areas of energy, this leads to symptoms of illness. Acupuncture identifies the blockages and moves energy, allowing for the free flow of qi (life force). The free flow of energy encourages the body to promote the inherent natural healing ability.

Very fine needles, (Acupuncture needles are much thinner than hypodermic needles. In fact, more than 25 of my acupuncture needles will fit in a standard doctor’s syringe needle) are inserted in acupuncture points on the Meridians to restore the energetic balance that is within the body. Occasionally moxa, which is ground up, Artemesia argyi or mugwort can be used to nourish and activate some of the points.

What can be Treated by Acupuncture?
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Back Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Colds & Flu
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Gynecological Disorders
  • Headaches/Migranes
  • Heart Problems
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • PMS
  • Sciatica
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress
  • Tendonitis
Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture uses sterile, single use disposable surgical stainless-steel needles.

Acupuncture is completely safe when performed by a fully trained licensed professional. Acupuncturists are licensed thru the Kentucky Medical Licensing board, after fulfilling all requirements of graduating from an accredited acupuncture school, which consists of 3 ½ to 4 years duration (at least 1800 hours and over 300 clinical hours of training.) Additionally acupuncturists have to pass a series of national board exams.

Has acupuncture been clinically tested?

Clinical research demonstrates that acupuncture:

  • Stimulates bone re-growth
  • Stimulates the production of cortisol
  • Stimulates the production of dynorphin, endorphin, and enkephalin (pain modulators)
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Regulates serotonin (spinal cord pain modulator)
  • Increases red and white blood cell count
  • Stimulates the clotting factor
How much acupuncture will I need?

The number of treatments required may vary. It depends on the nature, duration and severity of the condition. Most people will feel a positive shift in 3-7 treatments.

How do I prepare for an acupuncture treatment?

Eat, but hopefully not right before coming in (avoid coming in starving hungry, or right after a large meal). It is recommended to wear loose, comfortable clothes that can be rolled up to the elbows and the knees.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Typically acupuncture does not hurt. Acupuncture needles are about the thickness of a human hair. You can fit about 25 acupuncture needles in a regular doctor’s syringe. After insertion, you may feel nothing, or sensations such as warmth, tingling or heaviness. If there is any discomfort, just say so and we can adjust the needles accordingly. Most people find acupuncture very relaxing,and even fall asleep during treatment.

Are there forms to be filled out by my first visit?

Please download the following forms prior to your visit and bring the completed paperwork with you to your first visit. If you are unable to print, please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment to provide enough time to complete the paperwork.

Has acupuncture been clinically tested?

Clinical Research Demonstrates that Acupuncture

  • Releases endorphins and enkephalins (our natural pain killers within our body)
  • Increases circulation
  • Stimulates bone re-growth
What can be treated by acupuncture?

The World Health Organization has acknowledged Acupuncture to be valuable in the treatment of many medical conditions. There is additional recognition of acupuncture by an NIH Consensus Conference (National Institute of Health).
Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of conditions including but not limited to:

  • Allergies
  • High blood Pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Infertility
  • Arthritis
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Asthma
  • Migraines
  • Back pai
  • Rheumatism
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Sciatica
  • Constipation
  • Sleep disorders
  • Depression
  • Skin condition
  • Digestive disorders
  • Stress
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Ulcers
  • Environmental sensitivities
Will insurance cover acupuncture?

We do accept HAS (health saving accounts) and FSA (flexible spending accounts) There is some coverage in some federal plans. Research has shown that insurance companies save money when people are using acupuncture. The Veterans Administration is being to cover acupuncture for some veterans.

Can I receive acupuncture if I am pregnant?

Yes. However, there are some acupuncture points that are contraindicated during pregnancy. You need to inform your practitioner if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

How do I prepare for acupuncture?

It is best to eat a light meal before your treatment. Sometimes if a person has not eaten can feel lightheaded when receiving acupuncture.
It is best to wear loose clothing that can be easily rolled up to your elbows and knees.
Do not drink alcohol, eat a heavy meal or engage in strenuous activity before or after your treatment.