Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, we use disposable needles. We value your health and safety and keep to the highest practice standards for acupuncture.
Most people who come to Livonia Acupuncture barely feel the needle when inserted. Some patients report feeling only a slight pinch at worst. The size of an acupuncture needle is very different than a normal injection needle (for shots etc.). Acupuncture needles are very small- in fact, a standard 19-gauge hypodermic injection needle can fit up to 40 acupuncture needles inside!
After the acupuncture needle has been inserted, some patients report a certain sensation, which is often associated with acupuncture, known as De Qi (得氣). This sensation is described as a feeling of heaviness, distention, tingling, warm or electric feeling along the nerves associated with the acupuncture point. This is 100% normal and in fact is considered a sign of the treatment’s effectiveness.
We at Livonia Acupuncture believe that our patients’ comfort is of the highest priority. Please let your acupuncturist know if you are experiencing pain or discomfort during your appointment.
Acupuncture is very safe. All of our acupuncture needles are pre-sterilized, individually packaged, and disposable/single-use. Each one of our reputable practitioners gets extensive training in anatomy to make sure each needle is placed with precision and care. Even the insurance industry thinks acupuncture is safe. The average liability coverage for an acupuncturist is roughly $600 per year, while primary care physicians pay an average of $12,000 per year. That’s a 20:1 difference. A visit to an acupuncturist is at least as safe as a visit to your doctor, if not safer.
Acupuncture works whether you believe in it or not. For example, we can look at treatment results in non-humans. Acupuncture has been proven to relieves seizures in Great Danes, hip problems in German Shepherds, and knee issues in Golden Retrievers. Positive results are seen in the majority of cases in which acupuncture was used as a treatment. Many times, the lack of success in other health treatments has actually been due to a systematic imbalance in the body – exactly what acupuncture and herbs excel at treating. When all other methods have failed, acupuncture has worked.
Typically acupuncture treatments are given twice a week. If the condition is acute and painful, treatments may be given 3-4 times per week until the condition starts to come under control. The exact duration of treatment depends on the condition, your basic level of health, your lifestyle and how well you respond to acupuncture. Our goal is to treat your condition with more frequent appointments at first, and then once you are feeling relief, move to a maintenance program with less frequent appointments to keep you feeling better!
Chinese medical theory says that “qi” – which is often translated as “Vital Energy” or “Life Force” is responsible for even blood flow in the body. When even blood flow slows down or gets blocked, the body will start to get unbalanced and symptoms will begin occurring. The appearance of symptoms is signaling that there is something wrong in your body. Just like the check engine light that comes on in your care while you’re driving, the engine still runs, but it is a signal that you need to have your car looked at. Unfortunately, qi can’t be measured with modern scientific instruments, but the results of acupuncture can be.
A good example of this is labor induction. One of the first things that Oriental medical students learn is that certain points that are very effective and used in most treatments, are absolutely forbidden to use with pregnant women. Those certain points can be used to induce natural labor. They also are believed to cause the release of the hormone oxytocin. Studies have shown that using acupuncture to induce labor reduces the active (painful) phase of labor by an average of 3.6 hours. Acupuncture works by assisting your body in doing what it’s designed to do – regulate and heal itself.
Most insurances do not cover acupuncture. However, we currently accept Flexible Spending Accounts for offered by many health plans.
Treatments vary between 30 to 35 minutes depending on symptoms and individual comfort levels. Some symptoms may need a longer treatment than others; and individuals respond differently to different treatments. Please let your acupuncturist know if you are experiencing pain or discomfort during your appointment and we will immediately suspend your treatment.
Acupuncture Can Help
Many Health Issues
Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical therapies used in the world. It is by nature simple, safe and effective, providing relief to patients of many health issues without the side-effects of traditional western medicine and prescription drugs.