FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about Acupuncture
Q. Does acupuncture hurt?
A. At Cozy Acupuncture, we use very thin needles (0.10 mm to 0.16 mm). A lot of patients don’t feel any sensation when needles are inserted. Patients sometimes ask whether or not needles are inserted. The thinner the needles are, the less the sensation is. Other tools (needles) used for the treatment have round tips and don’t puncture the skin, so you will not feel any pain.
Q. Why is there a case that diseased area is not treated?
A. Because sometimes the cause of the pain is not directly related to the area of the pain. For example, there are many cases that wrist pain or elbow pain is related to tightness around shoulder blades, so loosening those area eases the pain in the wrist or elbow. If the diseased area is damaged, the direct treatment to the area is added.
Q. How long is the treatment time?
A. From second visit, it takes about an hour including:
Q. How many treatments are required?
A. Acupuncture is a medicine to strengthen your self-healing power. The duration of the treatment depends on the heath issues and your own health condition. If it is acute, or shortly after the symptoms start and your health condition is good, it requires 2-6 treatments in total. If it is chronic and your health condition is not in a good shape, it requires a dozen or more treatments. Most patients are seen twice a week at first and then reduced to once a week or less. Generally, patients often experience some improvement within 5-6 treatments.
Q. Is there any discount plan?
A. There is 5 treatments package with 5% discount, and for those who continue the treatments regularly, there is 10 treatments package with 10% discount. Both packages can be used by the family.
Q. Is any insurance accepted?
A. We don't do insurance billing, but I can issue receipts for the treatments, so if you have an insurance that covers acupuncture, you can make a claim with the receipts.
Q. Can children have an acupuncture treatment?
A. Yes. The tools for the treatment of children do not puncture the skin, having a round-tip, so they will not feel any pain. The treatment for children is only about 10 to 15 minutes.
Q. What kind of conditions can acupuncture treat?
A. Acupuncture is well known for the ability to treat pain such as low back pain, knee pain or neck pain, but it can also treat various medical problems. Because many medical problems are caused by the weakness of self-healing power and acupuncture helps the body to strengthen the self-healing power effectively. Whenever our body receives some kind of stress, our body tries to maintain balance reacting to the stress, but if the self-healing power is not strong enough, our body gets damaged causing pain and/or illnesses. Acupuncture helps strengthening the weakened self-healing power by removing blockages on the energy pathway which causes imbalance in our body. That is why acupuncture can help various kinds of disorders from internal diseases to mental disorders.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of common illnesses including: