Acupuncture FAQ

What will Morgan my acupuncturist do?

During the initial exam a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health, and lifestyle. Information is then organized to create a complete, accurate, and comprehensive diagnosis. After the interview process, you may receive an acupuncture treatment. Visits with Morgan may last from thirty to ninety minutes.

Why does Morgan want to feel my pulse?

There are twelve pulse positions on each wrist that Morgan will palpate. Each position corresponds to a specific meridian and organ. Morgan will be looking for twenty-seven individual qualities that reflect overall health. If there are any problems, they may appear in the pulse.

How many treatments will I need?

Treatment frequency and number of treatments needed depend on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem and the quality and quantity of your Qi (vital energy). Some people experience immediate relief; others may take months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes. Morgan may suggest one or two treatments per week, or monthly visits for health maintenance and seasonal "tune ups".

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no negative side effects, just feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once and then discarded.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Initially many people are afraid to try acupuncture because of the use of needles. Rest assured, acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and many people have tried it with great success and enjoyment. The thin, filiform (solid) needles rarely cause discomfort because they are so thin and flexible. In fact, acupuncture needles are so fine that ten acupuncture needles can easily fit into the bore of one hypodermic syringe! Most patients report feelings of peacefulness and relaxation during treatment. Some even fall asleep! Some people may feel energized after a treatment while others may wish to rest. The depth of the insertion depends upon the amount of flesh in any given body area. Most insertions are very shallow, just beneath the skin.

What can I expect acupuncture to feel like?

The needles are approximately the size of a cat's whisker. The sensation caused by an acupuncture needles varies. You may experience a vague numbness, heaviness, tingling or dull ache where the acupuncture needle has been inserted. Sometimes people experience a little pain as the needles are inserted, or a sensation of energy spreading and moving around the needle. This is called the "Qi sensation." All these reactions are good and a sign that the treatment is working. The depth of insertion varies from person to person. After treatment, you may feel energized or may experience a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.

How does Chinese Medicine compliment Western Medicine?

Acupuncture is highly regarded around the world as an effective complimentary medicine with Western medical treatments. Share with your provider that you are receiving acupuncture treatments. Talking to your doctor about acupuncture includes them in this important facet of your complete healthcare plan and goals. Remember to always consult with your doctor when considering a change in your medications.

Do you accept insurance?

Acupuncture is increasingly covered by insurance, HRAs, and FSAs. Morgan does not process the insurance claims for you but can provide you with a receipt after each session that contains all the information that is customarily requested by insurance companies in order for the insurance company to reimburse you directly (ICD9, CPT codes). It is completely dependent on your individual plan and you may want to call your provider beforehand to determine the conditions and extent of your coverage for acupuncture treatment.