Frequently Asked Acupuncture Questions
Acupuncturist Serving Bangor, Ellsworth and Brewer Answers Common Questions
Time-tested, acupuncture is one of the oldest medicinal practices effectively used today, but many patients feel unsure about how it works, what the treatment methods are, and what to expect during a treatment.
Our acupuncturist serving Bangor, Ellsworth and Brewer has provided answers to questions commonly asked by our patients to better educate everyone. Please contact our office if you have additional questions or to schedule an appointment.
What Is Acupuncture?
Originating from ancient China, acupuncture is commonly used all over the world today for pain management and the treatment of several medical conditions. Acupuncture promotes a natural energy (qi) balance throughout the body, using fine, sterile needles to release energy blocks at specific points on the body.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) recognize Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine’s ability to treat over 62 common disorders, including but not limited to:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue
- Common Cold
- Dental Pain
- Digestive Trouble
- Emotional Problems
- Eye Problems
- Facial Palsy
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Low Back Pain
- Menstrual Irregularities
- Morning Sickness
- Reproductive Problems
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Shoulder Pain
- Sleep Disturbances
- Smoking Cessation
- Sore Throat
- Tennis Elbow
- Tooth Pain
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Urinary Tract Infections
Is Acupuncture Safe?
When administered by a licensed acupuncturist, it is safe. Used as an alternative to side effect-inducing medications, acupuncture is painless and has no side effects. We use sterile, single-use needles, eliminating any chance for infection.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
Most patients feel nothing as needles are inserted. Others feel the needles, but experience no pain. Patients feel sensations during treatment as their energy balances.
What Is Required For Licensing?
Acupuncturists must complete a three to four-year program at a certified school, pass national exams, and meet rigorous guidelines and requirements to practice.
What Can I Expect At An Appointment?
Our acupuncturist will conduct a medical examination and interview, inspect your tongue, and measure your pulse to determine where your energy, or qi, is blocked or unbalanced. If needed, you will have a treatment lasting 60 to 90 minutes.
What Does My Pulse Have To Do With Acupuncture?
Each of the twelve pulse points on your wrists are associated with meridians (energy flows) and organs. Pulse indicates twenty-seven different qualities that signify health and specific medical conditions to the acupuncturist.
Is Acupuncture Safe For Children? Pregnant Women?
Yes. If your child fears needles, we can use acupressure to stimulate pressure points without needles. It can also be used to safely and effectively treat women during pregnancy.
How Many Treatments Will I Require?
The number of sessions needed varies depending on the individual's response to treatment and specific medical conditions.
What Does It Cost?
Cost depends on the treatment required. Contact our office for a quote.
Does Insurance Cover Acupuncture?
Insurance varies greatly between policies. We recommend you contact your insurance provider for more information.
How Can I Prepare For My Appointment?
Write down questions, wear comfortable clothing, do not over-eat prior to or after treatment, abstain from alcohol or other drug use, and note any physical changes you experience during or between treatments.