What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine that is gaining more popularity in the United States. During a treatment, very thin, solid, hair-like needles are inserted in specific areas on the body. The needles affect both the central and peripheral nervous systems, triggering the release of the body’s internal chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins, both of which have pain-relieving properties.

Does it hurt?

This is the most common question asked about acupuncture because many people associate needles with pain. Acupuncture needles are about the thickness of a dog’s whisker, so they are virtually painless when inserted. You will usually feel a very unique sensation that can vary from tingling to heaviness to warmth or nothing at all. All needles are sterile and single-use.

How often do I have to come in?

Treatments are done on a weekly basis, usually three times a week for the first two weeks, twice a week for a month or so, and once a week after that. Once the condition has been controlled and you are symptom free, the treatments are done less frequently. Problems that have been around for a long time usually take more treatments to resolve than ones that have come about recently. A treatment course will be determined after the first visit and reassessed after each session.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments depend on the length of time you’ve had the problem, the severity of your problem and your response to the initial 3 or 4 acupuncture treatments. Some acute conditions may only require a single treatment and some degenerative conditions may require as many as 40 treatments. Acute pain usually takes fewer visits to resolve than a chronic problem. Usually, 10 visits will resolve an acute neuropathic painful condition. If a problem is structural, as diagnosed by a medical doctor, then the visits could easily extend beyond 10 visits. Chronic problems, including pain, whether neuropathic or structural, can sometimes take up to 32 visits over a 4 month period.

Can I receive Acupuncture if I am pregnant?

Yes. Since there are certain areas on the body that are contraindicated during pregnancy, it is important to inform us if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant.

Will my insurance cover my treatments?

We accept FSA and HSA cards. An invoice of services commonly referred to as a superbill can be provided upon request to submit to your insurance directly for reimbursement.

More questions?

Please contact us. We’re here to help you.


Do you have questions about our clinic or the care we offer?

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Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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