Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect during my treatment?

Most patients feel a deep sense of calm and relaxation during treatment that extends long after the session has ended.  Depending on the condition treated, most patients can remain fully clothed during treatment.  However, in those rare cases where the patient may have to remove an article of clothing, a drape will be provided and every effort made to ensure the patient feels comfortable and secure.

How many treatments will I need?

Because each individual is different, an assessment will be given during and after the first treatment as to what the practitioner recommends.  For Acupuncture, the general recommendation is between 5-6 visits to see how the patient responds to treatment.  After this initial phase of treatment, the patient will be reevaluated and advised on how to proceed from there.  As a patient, you are never obligated or pressured into returning for any service that we offer; they’re simply recommendations and the choice is always yours.

Is Acupuncture Uncomfortable?

Overall, Japanese Meridian Therapy is a relatively painless form of acupuncture due to its use of ultra-thin needles and shallow needling.  On the rare occasions that a patient reports a pricking or stinging sensation, the needle is withdrawn and reinserted without pain.  All inserted needles are disposed of after each treatment you receive.

How long does it take and how often do I receive treatment?

Generally speaking, the first acupuncture session typically takes between 1.5-2 hours and includes a detailed initial intake, discussion of lifestyle and supplements (if needed) in addition to the acupuncture/moxibustion treatment. Each additional treatment will last 45-60 minutes and currently includes additional therapies such as cupping, moxibustion and tui na (Chinese Massage Therapy) with no additional charge.

Does Insurance Cover Acupuncture?

Currently N.C. insurance agencies do not offer full coverage for acupuncture or its related services.  However, there are some out of state plans that do offer options for insurance coverage and it is up to the patient to contact them prior to treatment.  If coverage is offered, patients can speak with our staff about how to proceed from there.  If you would like to see insurance coverage for acupuncture in N.C., please contact your state representative as well as your own insurance company and let them know how you feel.