How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Your body is governed by 14 different meridians that control specific functions. These meridians run through the body like a highway system. Blockages of Qi (energy) or deficiencies or excesses of Qi cause illness and disease. Acupuncture regulates the flow of Qi and helps your body restore, heal and rebuild itself naturally. Take a look at our Services page for information about other modalities we use as well!

Does it hurt?

The sensation you feel during a treatment is not painful but more like a feeling of light pressure. The needles used are as fine as a strand of hair and once the needles are placed, many patients feel relaxed and often fall asleep. If any discomfort is experienced our practitioners will adjust the point to relieve the sensation.

The FDA requires that sterile, nontoxic needles be used by qualified practitioners only. All needles are appropriately disposed of after use.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments needed varies and depends on your specific health concerns. Acupuncture is a cumulative process, which requires time and scheduled attention. Most patients are initially seen one to three times a week depending on their prognosis and treatment progression. Following initial treatments many patients benefit from monthly maintenance to prevent reoccurrence issues and maintain overall well-being.

Is it okay to get acupuncture if I’m receiving other treatments or taking other medications?

Yes! Acupuncture is a wonderful co-therapy/complement for treating many conditions. Be sure to give an accurate health history so that your practitioner knows what medications you are taking and what other types of treatments you are receiving.

Will my insurance policy cover treatments?

EastWest Acupuncture is not in network with any insurance companies. We do not submit bills directly to insurance companies, but we are happy to provide you with a receipt of your payment to submit on your own for reimbursement.

Can I use my Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for acupuncture?

Yes, acupuncture is a qualified medical expense for these types of accounts.

Does TCM accept auto insurance personal injury or worker’s comp claims?

Yes, EastWest accepts and bills for personal injury covered by an auto insurance policy, and we will provide billing info for worker’s compensation claims. You will need to provide your insurance information as well as your claim number.