Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Does Acupuncture hurt?
A. This is probably one of the most common questions people always ask. The short answer is NO.
Most people are pleasantly surprised and relieved to learn that acupuncture needles are extremely thin and completely unlike the hypodermic needles that they have experienced at the doctor’s office.
Acupuncturists can attain a high level of skill in gently placing these tiny needles and often the insertion is barely perceptible. It is very rare that a patient describes this sensation as “painful” and believe it or not, it’s actually quite relaxing that produces a feeling of euphoria due to the natural release of endorphins that occurs during the treatment.
Q. How does acupuncture work?
A. Acupuncture simply works by stimulating your own body’s ability to heal and function at its highest level. It does this by triggering various physiological functions in your body; for example your central and peripheral nervous systems, endocrine system, and organ systems to help facilitate a change in your body which ultimately helps improve your body’s ability to get better. And that’s pretty much how it works. That’s the shortened version.
Q. What should I expect?
A. Expect to enjoy it! Most people really enjoy the experience of an acupuncture treatment. Treatment produces a profound level of relaxation in most people and many patients enjoy a restful nap. Afterwards, most people report a calm feeling of vitality and an improved sense of well being.
Q. Are the needles safe?
A. Absolutely! Only sterile, single-use disposable needles are used.
Q. Does my insurance cover acupuncture?
A. The short answer is maybe. There are many insurance companies that do cover acupuncture today. The reality is…it depends on your insurance policy. At Health Source Acupuncture we will do a complimentary benefits check for you to see if you have acupuncture benefits. If acupuncture is covered under your plan, we will bill your insurance company, it is that simple.
The most important thing is that you come in for a complimentary consultation first. You need to find out if you are a candidate for acupuncture for your specific health concerns.
Q. How frequently do I need to come for treatment?
A. The frequency of treatments varies with each individual. This would be determined based on your health concerns, medical history, and treatment goals. Once this is determined, we will sit down with you to discuss a specific and customized treatment plan for you.
Q. Do I have to be sick to benefit from acupuncture?
A. Absolutely not! In recent years more and more people have discovered that it is much easier, safer and cost effective to maintain health than it is to recover it once it’s lost. Acupuncture has the ability to strengthen immune function, reduce stress, and nourish proper functioning in the body which is an important addition to any health program.
Q. Where is your clinic located?
A. We offer two convenient locations in Linwood, New Jersey and Toms River, New Jersey. Visit our Directions Page for more information.