How many acupuncture sessions will I need?

A typical series of sessions consists of 6 to 12 visits, once or twice a week. Acute conditions, such as sprains, generally require less time, whereas more chronic or severe ailments may require several (or several dozen) sessions.

Does acupuncture hurt?

There is an initial pinch when the very small needle is inserted although it is very mild in comparison to larger needles used in hospitals and western medical doctor offices. Some patients say that some points produce that pinch while other locations they barely feel anything at all.

Are the needles used again? Are they sterile?

The needles are contained in sterilized wrapping and only used once. Most practitioners use a guide tube so that their hands never come into contact with the portion of the needle that enters your skin. After the treatment all needles are safely disposed of in a biohazard container.

What do I wear for a treatment?

Depending on the area of body being treated will determine how you prepare. Often you’ll undress to your undergarments, are covered with a sheet and only the treatment areas are exposed. Sometimes when treating the extremities, shorts and a tank top will be all thats needed.

It is best to have had something to eat and plenty of water before a treatment. After a session it is recommended that you avoid vigorous exercise and just stick to moderate movements like walking or gentle yoga. It is also best to avoid alcohol as this can take away the benefits of your treatment as they are still setting in overnight.

What should I do before and after a treatment?

Will my insurance cover acupuncture?

Michigan is one of only 4 states left in the country that has not passed regulations for their acupuncturists to take insurance. There is a bill in process that has been approved in the state senate and is currently waiting approval from the state house. When that happens Michigan residents should be able to use their insurance to cover costs.

Do I have to “believe in acupuncture” for it to work?

Absolutely not. This is a medical technique that has been used for thousands of years to modulate the body’s systems. It is not a religion or spiritual practice. You do not have to believe in energy work of any kind. It’s a medical practice, plain and simple. Nowadays you can find acupuncture offered in the most respected hospitals all across the world.