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Mount Olive Acupuncture FAQ

How does Acupuncture Work?


There are several theories regarding the Acupuncture mechanism.  Acupuncture helps the body to do what it was meant to do- heal itself.  Some of the most common theories include: 


- Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, which relieve pain


- Acupuncture stimulates the release of neurotransmitters (substances that that transmit nerve impulses to the brain


-Acupuncture has a profound effect on the Autonomic Nervous System


- Acupuncture stimulates circulation


- Acupuncture enhances the bodies immune response


- Acupuncture influences the electrical currents of the body


Does Acupuncture Hurt?


Extremely fine needles are used in the treatment of Acupuncture, making the experience almost painless.  Most patients don't even feel the needles being inserted.  The Acupuncture needles used are as fine as a hair on your head.  All of my patients find their Acupuncture treatments to be very relaxing.  In fact, most people fall asleep during their treatment.


What is a typical Acupuncture treatment like?


Upon arrival the patient is asked to fill out a detailed health history questionnare.  Then, the acupuncturist will review the health history with the patient and go over the patient's  primary health concern and ifestyle.  The acupuncturist will take the the patient's pulses and look at his/her tongue (In Chinese medicine the tongue and pulses are representative of the the various organ/meridian systems and help in the diagnostic process).  


After the interview, the practitioner will come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan for the patient.  


Then, the needles will be inserted into various acupuncture points.  The patient may feel a heaviness or tingling sensation around the needle insertion site.  The needles are typically retained for 20-30 minutes.  


How many Acupuncture treatments are needed?


The number of Acupuncture treatments needed is based on the severity and chronicity of the condition.  However, most patients experience relief after the very first treatment.  Typically, 5-10 treatments are needed to resolve the condition.  


What kind of needles are used?


Tiny filiform needles are used for Acupuncture treatment.  All of the needles are disposable, presterilized and prepackaged.  After each treatment, the needles are thrown away and new needles are used every time. 


Are there any side effects of Acupuncture treatment?


Most people do not experience any side effects from Acupuncture.  Occasionally, minor bruising can occur at the needle site.  


Is Acupuncture Covered By Insurance?


We accept most major medical insurance plans including BCBS, United Healthcare and Aetna.  Please call us to verify your specific plan.  


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