Yu's Acupuncture & Wellness, LTD.
Do acupuncture needles hurt?
Most people barely feel a thing when needles are inserted. Some
people feel a slight pinch, and others ask “Is it in yet?” The reason
acupuncture needles don’t give the painful sensation you might expect is
because they’re very, very thin in comparison to the hypodermic needles used to
give injections. Hypodermic needles are necessarily hollow so that the shot can
be injected. They also have a very blunt point (actually a wedge shape) in
comparison to an acupuncture needle. Forty acupuncture needles can fit into the
tip of one standard 18 gauge hypodermic needle.
There are certain sensations associated with the therapeutic
effects of acupuncture, which are known as de qi (pronounced “day-chee”). These
may include slight cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling or electric
sensation traveling along a meridian. If any discomfort is experienced, it is
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is very safe. The average liability coverage for an
acupuncturist is about $600 per year, while primary care physicians pay an
average of $12,000 per year. That’s a 20:1 difference. While this may not
translate into exactly a 20 to 1 difference in safety, a visit to an
acupuncturist is at least as safe as a visit to your doctor, if not safer.
Acupuncture needles are extremely safe, because they are
pre-sterilized, individually packaged, and disposable. Every practitioner gets
extensive training in anatomy so as to avoid accidentally inserting a needle in
a place that can cause damage.
Do I have to believe in it for it to work? Does acupuncture always work?
Acupuncture and herbs work whether you believe in them or not.
Good results are seen in the majority of cases. When all other treatment
methods have failed, this indicates a systematic imbalance - exactly what
acupuncture and herbs excel at treating.
What Should I Expect On My First Visit?
During your first office visit, we spend a lot of time getting a
complete picture of your health and lifestyle. We examine the condition of your
tongue (is it cracked, coated, excessively pink? etc.), and check your pulse on
both wrists (the quality of your pulse gives information about possible
imbalances). We’ll also ask questions about your emotional state, and specific
symptoms you may have.
This is done because unlike Western medicine, we treat the whole
person instead of focusing on the symptoms of your condition. The first visit
can last from an hour to an hour and a half.
Your subsequent visits will be much faster - usually an hour long.
We’ll make a short review of your progress followed by an acupuncture
How often would I need to come in for treatment?
Typically acupuncture treatments are given once a week. If the
condition is acute and painful, treatments may be given 2-3 times per week
until the condition starts to come under control. The exact duration of
treatment depends on the condition, your basic level of health, and how well
you respond to acupuncture.
How does Acupuncture work?
In Chinese medical theory, acupuncture works by balancing the
body’s Qi. Qi can be described as a form of bioenergy that runs along 12 major
meridians. If Qi gets blocked, it shows up as an imbalance or illness.
Basically, if you have a health condition, some part of your body’s system is
out of whack. Chinese medical theory allows us to diagnose the imbalance… and
In Western medical theory, acupuncture appears to work by
stimulating parts of the brain. It also stimulates the body to release natural
biomolecules such as neurotransmitters, vasodilators, and hormones. The exact
mechanisms which brings this about are unknown, but the effects are measurable.
A good example of this is the use of acupuncture to induce labor.
One of the first things that Oriental medical students learn is that there are
a few points that are absolutely forbidden to use with pregnant women. These
points cause the release of oxytocin, which is the hormone that naturally
induces labor. Studies have shown that using acupuncture to induce labor reduces the active (painful) phase of labor by an average
of 3.6 hours.
Does insurance cover Acupuncture?
We are in network with Bluecross Blueshield, CIGNA & United Healthcare.
In addiion, we do accept Aetna and other insurances if you have Acupuncture in your plan (out of network).
You can usually find out by calling the number on insurance card, if you have Acupuncture in your plan.
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