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Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture is one of the least invasive forms of medicine. The most common risk is a bruise at the site of needling, accompanied by a sore spot that usually subsides in a day. As with any medical procedure there are other risks, however the risk of serious or permanent damage is very small.

What does Acupuncture feel like?

Beyond the initial insertion of the needle, there should be no pain. Patients often describe a feeling of warmth, fullness, tingling, a throb, and sometimes a zing. These sensations are generally short lived, and subside within seconds of feeling them. Sometimes a patient won't feel anything at all! Once the needles are in place, patients often find the experience deeply relaxing, and may fall asleep.


Are the needles clean?

Yes. Acupuncturists are required to use sterile, single use needles that are collected and disposed of.

Where do you insert the needles?

Placement of the needles depends on the individual and what is being treated. Because each treatment is created specifically for each patient and the illness they are presenting with, each treatment will vary greatly.

Can I receive acupuncture if I am pregnant?

Yes! Many pregnant women come regularly for symptoms associated with pregnancy, including nausea, anxiety, insomnia, reflux, etc.

How should I prepare for my acupuncture treatment?

You should have a snack or small meal an hour or two before you arrive for your appointment. Wearing loose-fitting, comfortable clothes, or a pair to change into for your treatment is also advisable. Lastly, try to arrive early so you have time to unwind and catch your breath - there's nothing worse than rushing to make your appointment on time, as this tenses the body up and makes for a less relaxing treatment.


Do you accept insurance?

I am not able to take insurance, however I do accept payment via HSA and FSA cards

How long does a treatment take?

For a first time appointment, it make take up to 45 minutes to gather the complete health history. Then I will create a treatment plan and insert needles, which will be in place for 20 to 45 minutes. First time appointments for private sessions should schedule for about 2 hours, though followup appointments are generally an hour. Community Acupuncture sessions are generally 90 minutes for new patients, and 45-60 for followup visits.

If you have a question that is not answered here, please feel free to call our office or email us at

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