Acupuncture FAQs

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

The sensation of receiving an acupuncture treatment is rarely be described as painful. However, that is not to say it is devoid of sensation. But, generally the feeling is more of a tingling. Acupuncture needles are solid and very thin and do not injure the skin as regular injection needles do. Following treatment it is common for the patient to feel a tremendous sense of relaxation, and/or exhilaration.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

This is a very common question among those who have never experienced an acupuncture treatment. The answer relies on the skill of the practitioner. If he or she is unsure of what they are doing, it is certainly possible to inflict injury with an acupuncture needle. However, when practiced by a licensed, trained acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely safe and there is no danger whatsoever. The importance of seeking an appropriately trained practitioner cannot be overstated.

Are acupuncture needles used more than once?

No, each acupuncture needle is sterile and packaged and used only once before discarded.

Can children receive acupuncture?

Yes, children can receive acupuncture and often have excellent results with it. However, in cases where the children are uneasy about the needles, a practitioner may choose to use an acupressure treatment (massage of the acupoints), as opposed to acupuncture.

Are there any contra-indications for acupuncture?

There are very few situations where acupuncture is not advised. These are the most common:

  • If the patient has a hemophilic condition
  • If the patient is pregnant – certain acupuncture points and needle manipulations should not be used during pregnancy
  • If the patient has a severe psychotic condition or is under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Many insurance companies are now accepting acupuncture claims. You must check with your provider to see. PIP insurance is also accepted with a referral from a DO, DC or MD.