Acupuncture is a modality that has been used in China for over two thousand years that uses fine, disposable needles that are strategically placed in different areas of the body to help tonify any underlying deficiency, extinguish excess, and restore balance in the body’s “channels” or energy pathways.
Needles are placed in “points” around the body during a session. These needles can stimulate the body’s nervous system, which in turn stimulates your body’s muscles, endocrine system, and brain to release chemicals that help trigger the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Acupuncture helps the body down regulate its own stress response.
Acupuncture is performed with fine, single-use hair-like needles. Each person feels different sensations while the needles are retained, but pain should not be one of those sensations. A person may feel a slight pinch when the needle is inserted, and a heavy sensation or tingling sensation while the needles are retained.
Some issues (such as acute pain) can see improvement immediately after treatment, while other more chronic problems may take a series of treatments to guide the body back to its optimal state.
No. Acupuncture works whether or not you think it will. Acupuncture is even used successfully on animals and children. They do not understand or believe in the process yet they show improvement. Of course a positive attitude helps with any type of healing therapy but it is not necessary to “believe” in acupuncture (or to feel it working) for it to have a positive effect.
One of the great advantages of acupuncture is the absence of side effects. Needles generally cause no bleeding or pain and all the needles I use are single-use disposable needles. There is minimal risk of organ penetration. Acupuncturists are trained in exact location, angle as well as depth of insertion of the acupuncture needle to avoid any injuries.
Chinese herbal formulas tend to be much gentler on the patient’s organ systems than Western medicines. They work to not only help relieve symptoms, but to help the body return to a state of balance. During the treatment phase, as the body moves toward equilibrium the herbal formula is often modified to meet the changing needs of the body. Once equilibrium has been reached the herbal medicine is discontinued. However, though the treatment phase is complete, many people opt to take small doses of herbs in order to maintain their health going forward.
It depends on the medications you are taking. This will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Although Metapoint Acupuncture and Wellness specializes in pain (acute or chronic), there are a great deal of conditions that acupuncture can help with. According to the World Health Organization, Acupuncture can treat the following:
Respiratory Tract issues
Acute and chronic gastritis
Chronic duodenal ulcer
Acute and chronic colitis
Disorder of the Eye
Neurologic and Orthopedic Disorders
Disorders of the Mouth Cavity
Pain after tooth extraction
Paralysis caused by poliomyelitis
Acute and chronic pharyngitis
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
Sciatica, lumbar pain
We do not currently submit claims for acupuncture. However, we can give you a superbill so that you may hopefully be reimbursed for payment.
It is best if you call your insurance company before your first visit to see if acupuncture is reimbursed on your policy (and for what issues/therapies/conditions).
Please remember that regardless of any statements by your insurance company, YOU are ultimately responsible for any and all fees for services rendered at this office.
Many insurance policies now cover acupuncture and will pay out of network as well.