FREQUENTY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does acupuncture hurt?
Will I feel the effects after the first treatment?
Although many ailments require multiple treatments, (TCM is amazing, but not magic) some people will feel the effects after the very first treatment. Some people reportedly feel a sensation of excitement or high energy, while others feel relaxed.
How does acupuncture work?
Recently, the scientific community has recognized that human beings are comprised of complex energetic systems. This understanding has been the foundation of the practice of acupuncture for several thousand years. Chinese medical theory is based on the concept of "qi" or, as some call it, life force or vital energy. The qi circulates throughout the body through specific pathways called meridians. There are 12 principle meridians, each connecting with a major organ system. Along the meridians are acupuncture points at which the flow of qi is most accessible. Good health is achieved by these meridians having free flow of energy. When the flow of energy is disturbed for any reason (such as a kink in a water hose), there is pain or illness. Stimulation of acupuncture points influences the flow of qi and brings the body back to a state of balance.
Scientific research has shown that acupuncture triggers the production of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. It has also been shown to positively affect the endocrine, circulatory, and nervous systems, helping the body achieve physical and emotional balance and well being.
How can acupuncture help so many different things?
In a nutshell, acupuncture stimulates the body's innate ability to heal itself.
What's the difference between an acupuncturist or a chiropractor that practices acupuncture?
Licensed acupuncturists have over 2,500-3,500 hours of training, treating thousands of patients, during 3-4 years of careful study of Chinese Medicine. Chiropractors, trained similarly for their licenses, are only required 100 hours of training to practice acupuncture, making Minnesota one of the most lenient states in the country for this dual licensing. With this in mind, chiropractors cannot legally treat patients only with acupuncture, but "may utilize acupuncture to prepare for or complement a chiropractic adjustment." Even though acupuncture treatments carries little risk, a licensed acupuncturist is trained to provide a thorough analysis of your entire body to ensure you receive a complete treatment plan.
Is acupuncture safe?
When practiced by a licensed, trained acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely safe. Only sterile, one-time use, disposable needles are used.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
Acupuncture promotes the body's natural healing ability. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive health care system. It increases circulation, reduces inflammation, balances hormones, and strengthens the immune system.
How many treatments will I need?
The number and frequency of treatments will vary from patient to patient since everyone is unique in their health care needs. Some symptoms may be relieved after the first visit, while others may take multiple treatments. When a specific issue is being addressed, you may be advised to visit one to five times per week, and then gradually reduce the frequency to once or twice per month until you are feeling well. The goal is to correct the problem so that it does not return. Once feeling great, many people discontinue care. Others ask to continue with preventative sessions to maintain good health versus waiting until they are not feeling well. Amy's view is, "We get tune-ups for our cars. We are much more important to maintain."
Does health insurance cover acupuncture treatments?
Some health insurance plans will cover acupuncture. We are an out-of-network provider and will give you a superbill with everything you will need to get reimbursed for your care if you have acupuncture benefits covered in your plan.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, checks, credit cards, flex spending and HSA debit cards.