What does acupuncture feel like?
Generally the insertion of the needle does not feel like anything. However what a patient will most likely feel is the movement of Qi, which might feel like achiness, heaviness or a tingling sensation. Also this Qi sensation has the ability to travel along the meridian or channel, for example when placing a needle in the hand, and patient may state that they feel the sensation in the elbow or shoulder and vice versa. After the needles are in a patient may become very relaxed. Some patients even fall asleep during a treatment.
How long do treatments take?
A treatment will take about an hour. It is important for the practitioner to ask many questions about the illness or injury, as well as other things that may be going on in the person’s life that might be contributing to the problem. Needles will be placed in the points that are appropriate for this patient, moxibustion (the herb mugwort) and fire cupping may also be used. Usually the needles will remain in for about 20 – 30 minutes. After this time the needles will be withdrawn.
How safe is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is extremely safe when practiced by a certified or licensed acupuncturist. Botjer Acupuncture only uses single use, sterile stainless steel needles. There are very little to no side effects from acupuncture, compared with western medical treatments.
How many treatments will I need?
This answer will be different for everyone depending on what is being treated. To start a few 3-5 consistent weekly treatments will be recommended. Depending how the patient responds to treatment will determine how many more treatments they will need. Acute injuries may resolve quickly, while more chronic problems may take longer.
What forms of payment is accepted?
Payment is received by cash or check form. Payment is due at the end of each treatment. Currently, Botjer Acupuncture does not accept credit cards.
Will my insurance cover acupuncture?
Each insurance company is different, and many will reimburse for acupuncture. A super bill will be provided to you after payment so you may submit to your own insurance company.