Does acupuncture hurt?

For most people, acupuncture causes minimal to no pain. The needles used during acupuncture are very fine and are nothing like hypodermic needles used to give injections at a medical doctor's office. A patient may feel a slight prick similar to a mosquito bite when the needle is first inserted. At times, a tingling, dull ache, or warm sensation may be experienced at the point where the needle is inserted. This is a desired effect and should not be uncomfortable. Often, during an acupuncture treatment, a patient feels so relaxed that he or she will fall asleep.

How many treatments will I need and how often will I need them?

The number of treatments needed varies from person to person. Some people experience significant improvement after one or two treatments, while others may take weeks or months to achieve lasting results. Chronic conditions generally take longer to resolve than acute ones, and the longer a patient has had a condition, the longer it usually takes to resolve. Other factors that influence the number of treatments needed include the severity of the problem and the patient's lifestyle, overall health, and constitution.

Your acupuncturist should be able to give you an idea of how many treatments will be needed after he or she becomes familiar with your unique situation and needs. He or she may suggest one or two treatments per week during the initial phases of treatment, and then less frequent treatments as the condition improves.

Is acupuncture safe?

One of the great advantages of acupuncture is the absence of side effects. Needles generally cause no bleeding or pain. All needles are disposable, sterile, one-time use, FDA approved, medical devices. Licensed acupuncturists have undergone years of training in safe implementation. Acupuncturists are trained in exact location, angle, as well as depth of insertion of the acupuncture needle to avoid any injuries. Please see "Safety" section under "About Us" for further information.

What is the difference between getting acupuncture from a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) or from a medical doctor with an acupuncture certification?

In Texas licensed acupuncturists are required to complete a minimum of 3 academic years of study specifically for acupuncture, which includes over 2000 hours of classroom time and hands-on clinic time treating patients. In addition, in order to become licensed, candidates must pass a rigorous national board examination given by the National Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). In contrast, in most states, medical doctors (and sometimes chiropractors) can practice acupuncture with little or no training (300 hours or less). Licensed acupuncturists use acupuncture and its underlying theories as their main method of health care, enabling them to fully focus and expand their expertise in that area. This allows them to take advantage of the broad range of its applications as well as go more in depth in treating individual cases. Meanwhile, others practicing acupuncture without the L.Ac. title may only use it for very limited applications or as an adjunctive technique. It is important to note that some medical doctors and chiropractors do go through a 3 year acupuncture training program despite being able to complete a program with less hours. These practitioners will have the initials L.Ac (licensed acupuncturist) in addition to their other titles after their names and have completed the same traditional acupuncture course work that other acupuncturists have. 

Some health care providers will state they do a special form of acupuncture called trigger point dry needling that they state acupuncturists do not learn. At Tri-State College of Acupuncture, this form of needling is taught to acupuncturists in addition to our traditional acupuncture education and is implemented when needed by acupuncturist.

Will my insurance cover acupuncture treatments?

Insurance coverage for acupuncture treatment varies from policy to policy. At Body Evolution Acupuncture and Wellness, we do accept out-of-network insurance as payment for acupuncture treatments if a patient has a policy with out-of-network acupuncture benefits. You may wish to contact your insurance company to find out what your policy's coverage is for acupuncture. Some questions to ask might include:

  • Will my policy cover acupuncture?
  • If so, how many visits are covered per calendar year?
  • Do I need a referral?
  • What is the co-pay, if any?
  • Do I have a deductible?
  • Does the acupuncturist have to be in-network in order for me to receive acupuncture benefits?
  • Does acupuncture coverage only apply for certain conditions? If so, what conditions?

When you call Body Evolution Acupuncture to set up an appointment and you believe you have out-of-network acupuncture benefits, we will also call your provider to confirm acupuncture benefits.

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