Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical system that accesses and balances the body's energy via acupuncture points, which are located along the meridians (energy channels) of the body. The acupuncture points can be used with either pressure (acupressure) or very
fine needles (acupuncture). Acupuncture can be effective for pain management
as well as numerous other problems, including asthma, allergies, smoking cessation, menstrual problems, menopause, diarrhea and constipation, bladder problems, including interstitial cystitis (IC) and bladder urgency, migraines, and fibromyalgia. This is just a small list of conditions that can be treated with acupuncture.
Acupuncture is usually painless, with minimal risks. At times there can be
bruising at a point, or a drop of blood. Needles are single use sterile
needles, so risk of infection is miniscule.
The first session is an hour and a half long, and involves in-depth discussion of your concerns for about 45 minutes followed by your first treatment. Follow-up treatments last about an
hour. The usual course of treatment involves weekly sessions for four to six weeks, then sessions every other week to every month. Some problems resolve completely, whereas others require a maintenance schedule which can be a treatment ranging from every month to three months, depending on the individual. Problems that are longstanding can require months of treatments to completely respond. For smoking cessation, there are two one-hour sessions two days in a row, and that is the complete treatment.
Payment is expected at the time of the service. Acupuncture is rarely
covered by insurance, however you can check with your individual carrier. If your carrier
does cover the procedure, then payment is still in full at the time of the
visit, and you will be given a receipt that you can submit for
NAET is a treatment for allergies using acupuncture. The treatment is designed to desensitize the body so that one does not react to natural substances, essentially resetting the immune system. It can be used with any substance, including foods, pollens, animals and environmental allergens such as fumes. Extensive information on the treatment can be found on their website (easily located by typing NAET into a search engine). NAET can be used with infants, children or adults. With infants and children, acupuncture is replaced with acupressure. It is safe for all ages and very effective.