Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture is usually painless. The hair-thin needles are flexible, sterile, and only used once. After treatment, patients might experience sleepiness or a dull, heavy sensation where the needles were inserted. This is a desired effect and does not generally feel painful.

How should I prepare for my appointment?

Please be hydrated and nutritionally satisfied. It is also helpful to dress in comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.

Do you accept health insurance?

Yes. Not all health insurance plans in Arizona cover acupuncture, but some do. We can bill as an out-of-network provider if your PPO insurance has acupuncture benefits. You can call your insurance company to check your benefits, or we are happy to do an insurance verification during your first visit.

Do you want medical records (X-Ray, MRI, lab results) from other offices?

While it is not imperative, you are always encouraged to bring your existing medical records and other pertinent health-related information, particularly on the first visit.

How does acupuncture work?

The mechanisms of action are vast and still being researched. In short, recent research studies show that acupuncture points stimulate the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) to release a variety of neurotransmitters, endorphins and other biochemicals. These biochemicals can either reduce pain, or trigger release of other chemicals, such as hormones, that influence the body’s self-regulating systems. These biochemical changes improve circulation, reduce inflammation, stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities, and promote physical and emotional well-being.

How many acupuncture treatments will be necessary?

This depends on the nature of your condition and how your body responds to acupuncture. Generally, chronic conditions take longer to treat than acute problems. With treatments at our clinic, most patients notice improvement within three visits. For optimum, long-lasting results, a series of treatments is usually necessary.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a form of natural healing originating in Japan. During a Reiki treatment, the energy system of the patient is balanced and strengthened similar to the philosophies of acupuncture, without the use of needles.

What is herbal medicine?

Herbal medicine (plant, animal, and/or mineral products) is a natural and powerful therapeutic tool that helps to facilitate the healing process. Herbal medicine not only eases pain, but also addresses the root causes of illness, bringing balance to our bodies. There are minimal side effects from herbal formulas, and they can also be useful as a preventative medicine. Herbal formulas are customized to each patient according to their needs. We stock a comprehensive pharmacy of the highest quality herbs, which have been thoroughly tested for purity and potency.

What is Kinetic Acupuncture?

Kinetic Acupuncture treats the human body as a dynamic, moving entity. Movement and exercise during treatment promote circulation, structural balance, pain relief, and most importantly, recovery of function in injured areas.

Kinetic Acupuncture was developed in Korea, combining rehabilitative and biomechanical concepts from orthopedics and physical therapy with traditional Asian acupuncture theory. The result is the best of both worlds- a comprehensive and effective method that combines ancient wisdom and modern science.

Is it possible to make a same-day appointment?

For walk-in and same-day appointments, we try our best to accommodate you, but our appointments for the day are usually booked. To minimize your waiting time, or if you have a specific appointment time that you prefer, we recommend that you make an appointment in advance.