Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does acupuncture hurt?  The most common response from a patient after receiving their first needle is, "Did you insert the needle yet?". Most people will barely notice an acupuncture needle, and often become relaxed during a treatment. Some possible sensations upon insertion are a brief bee sting or a mild ache, tingling, or warmth at the insertion area.

  • How big is the needle?  An acupuncture needle is smaller than a sewing needle, and has a rounded point, whereas an injection needle is hollow and has a sharp point. This difference in size and shape of the acupuncture needle allows it to push tissue and vessels out of the way for minimal discomfort.

  • Is acupuncture safe?  Each new package of needles is sterilized and only used once.

  • Are there side effects?  Acupuncture is very safe and can be used along side other medical treatments safely. According to the National Institutes of Health, “the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures.”

  • Where do I start?  Sign up for your intake phone interview by pressing the SCHEDULE button at the top of this page.

  • At your exam and first treatment, we will discuss what your health concerns and goals are. A treatment plan will be created after a detailed health history and discussion of how acupuncture can help you. Your treatment may consist of any combination of: acupuncture, moxabustion and electro-stimulation.

  • Is Acupuncture covered by insurance? Yes- We are in network for Pacific Source and Providence insurance plans. For all other plans we are out of network and patients pay the cash amount. You can receive an itemized receipt upon request.

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