Monday, April 6, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions: Acupuncture

What is a typical acupuncture treatment like?

acupuncture needle on elbowAt the initial appointment, patients complete a health history questionnaire. The acupuncturist then interviews the patient, asking about his or her primary health concern, lifestyle habits, diet, emotions, menstrual cycle, stress, and sensitivity to foods, temperature, and seasons.

After the interview, the acupuncturist determines a diagnosis and begins treatment. Since Chinese medicine treats the root cause of the disorder, treatment time varies. Usually around 3-9 appointments is necessary. However, many conditions take years to develop as a result of poor eating habits, rigorous athletic training, or respiratory disorders. Chronic conditions, such as these, take longer to treat but respond very well to Chinese medicine.

Is acupuncture covered by health insurance?

Yes, there are a number of companies that provide coverage for acupuncture. Please call your insurance provider to determine if you have acupuncture coverage.

How is Chinese medicine different than Western medicine?

Same symptoms, same signs, same patient, but very different ways of organizing the information.

Within both disciplines, there is an enormous amount of time tested information that has its own logic and usefulness. Both Western and Chinese systems have their place. Some believe that the greatest strength of Western Medicine is in its trauma care and therapies for acute problems, while Chinese medicine excels in the areas of chronic problems and preventive medicine.

How long are the treatments and how often do I need to go to my acupuncturist?

The initial appointment takes between 1 hour 15 minutes and 1 hour and one half due to the qualitative questionnaire that must be filled out and discussed. Subsequent appointments take about one hour.

No two conditions or people respond exactly the same. The length of treatment depends on the condition, the severity, and the duration of the condition. For example, if you awoke this morning with a sore throat, fever, and body aches the number of treatments you would receive would be quite different than if you have been suffering from arthritis for the last ten years.

Is acupuncture safe?

It is a safe, drug-free alternative that treats the root cause of the disorder, rather than the symptoms only. It is especially beneficial for those who resist taking medications, either because they don’t like the way medication makes them feel, or they suffer from too many side effects.

Does acupuncture hurt?

No, there is very little sensation at the time of needle insertion. Each needle is about the size of 2-3 strands of hair. Acupuncture needles are 25-50 times thinner than a hypodermic needle.

While some people feel nothing at all; others experience a brief moment of discomfort as the needle penetrates the skin. This may be followed by a mild sensation of tingling, numbness, a dull ache, or heaviness. This sensation is the energy traveling through the meridian systems to the organs of the body. Chinese physicians call this the “qi” sensation. The needles are left in place for twenty to thirty minutes. Most people find the experience extremely relaxing and uplifting and even fall asleep for the duration of the treatment.

It is important to let your acupuncturist know immediately if you experience pain so that they can make you more comfortable. If you are sensitive to acupuncture or ‘needle-phobic’ your acupuncturist can use thinner needles and be gentler. Be sure to speak up and let the practitioner know how you are feeling!

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Better Health Acupuncture treatments are not limited to the list above. We treat a variety of conditions using acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. We're currently treating a variety of patients from the Denver, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Arvada, Colorado areas.


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