Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are so thin that most people barely feel them. Insertion techniques can be varied to accommodate more sensitive individuals. There are also treatment options that do not use needles at all.
What does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture effectively treats many health problems. Below is a partial list.
- Neck, shoulder and back pain
- Migraines and other headaches
- Allergies, asthma, colds and flu
- Recovery from injury or surgery
- PMS, infertility, delayed labor
- Eczema, psoriasis, shingles
- Depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress
- Stop smoking and addictions
- Weight loss
How old is acupuncture?
Acupuncture, which is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is at least 2000 years old. It is still the primary healthcare for millions of people. In addition to acupuncture, TCM includes herbal medicine, massage, diet and exercise.
How does acupuncture work?
Pain or illness occur when the body’s energy becomes blocked. Acupuncture harmonizes the flow of energy and activates the body’s natural ability to heal.
Western research has shown that acupuncture can enhance the immune system, reduce inflammation and swelling, and increase the production of endorphins (natural painkillers) and serotonin (an anti-stress hormone) and other neurotransmitters.
What is an acupuncture treatment like?
Patients lie on a comfortable treatment table. Treatment is individualized and may include acupuncture, Chinese massage, cupping, or energy balancing (Qi Gong).
Are acupuncturists licensed?
In Minnesota, the practice of acupuncture is regulated by the Board of Medical Practice. To become a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.), a practitioner must attend an accredited school and pass the national board exam given by the National Certification Committee for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Medical doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors are currently allowed to practice acupuncture in Minnesota with less training if they choose.
Does insurance cover acupuncture?
Some insurance plans cover acupuncture. You need to call your insurance company to find out whether your policy does. Only your insurance company can answer the question.
At present, Lake Superior Acupuncture does not bill insurance. You must pay for each treatment on the day it is received. However, we can provide you with the forms you need in order to be reimbursed by your insurance company.
Payments to Lake Superior Acupuncture can be made by cash, check or credit card.
Flexible benefit plans and medical savings accounts often cover acupuncture. Workers Compensation and some auto accident insurance may also pre-approve acupuncture treatments.
Want to know more?
If you have a question or would like more information about acupuncture, contact us now!