Frequently Asked Questions   

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture refers to the insertion of fine needles into particular points on the body selected according to the theories and principles of Chinese medicine. Its purpose is to restore balance to the functioning of the body and its internal organs.  Acupuncture with its adjunctive modalities are relatively painless and virtually free from side effects. Acupuncture can effectively treat both acute and chronic conditions, and can provide both remedial and preventative care.

What can acupuncture treat?

  • Allergies, asthma, and sinus problems
  • Skin problems
  • Insomnia, fatigue, and depression
  • Infertility, PMS, cramps
  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Digestive and intestinal disorders
  • Chronic pain and arthritis
  • Side effects of chemotherapy and radiation
  • Weakened immunity
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Pain from injuries
  • Decreases recovery time from strokes and Bell’s Palsy
  • Induces labor
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Helps almost any problem to some degree

Does acupuncture hurt?

Most people feel very little or no pain at all. Sometimes there is a pin-prick feeling for the first few seconds after needle insertion, but then it goes away. We use the finest needles and employ gentle needle technique. If any discomfort is experienced, it is usually mild and temporary.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is widely acknowledged as one of the safest forms of medicine. Acupuncture needles are pre-sterilized, individually packaged, and disposable. Acupuncturists undergo extensive training and are regulated by the Texas Medical Board.
One of the greatest advantages of acupuncture is that is has virtually no side effects. Occasionally a small temporary bruise may appear at the site of an acupuncture needle. When compared to the laundry list of cautions and side effects for the average pharmaceutical drug, acupuncture is very low risk!

Can I address more than one issue?

Absolutely. Often, patients who come in for one issue - say for back pain - will notice an improvement in something apparently unrelated, such as a chronic lung problem. This can happen even when the patient doesn't tell the acupuncturist about the apparently unrelated problem. Acupuncture also seems to have the "side effects" of reducing stress and promoting better sleep and more energy.

How often do I need to come in for treatment?

That depends on your medical condition. One of the benefits of the sliding scale is that it allows patients to come in frequently, often 2-3 times per week. Many conditions respond more quickly to frequent acupuncture treatments, while other patients only need to come in once a week. Once your condition is stabilized, you won't need to come in as frequently. When you come in for your first treatment, we'll formulate a specific treatment plan for you.

Will the amount I pay affect the quality or length of my treatment?

No, you get the same individualized treatment no matter what amount you choose to pay from the range of $15-$35.

Why did we choose to be a community clinic?

For acupuncture to be most effective, patients need to receive it frequently and regularly, far more frequently and regularly than most insurance plans will pay for. As acupuncture has moved toward the mainstream, it has been forced into a paradigm of one-on-one treatments and high prices, which has decreased not only patient access but treatment efficacy. Community acupuncture clinics offer a sustainable alternative both for practitioners and patients.

Have more questions about acupuncture or what's it like to get treated? Consider downloading a free copy of the award-winning book Why Did You Put That Needle There? By Andy Wegman