Acupuncture FAQs

What is Acupuncture?
How does Acupuncture work?
What are some common disorders that Acupuncture can effectively treat?
Are the needles sterile?
How many treatments will I need?
Does my insurance cover Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient healing therapy in which very thin, sterile, disposable needles are gently inserted on the body at specific acupoints. These needles are used to balance the body’s Qi (energy) in order to promote healing.

The Chinese Medicine theory is that energy travels through the body along channels much like blood flows through blood vessels. An imbalance in the body’s Qi (energy) leads to pain or illness. The insertion of needles at specific points along these channels can correct the flow of energy and restore health.

There are an increasing number of clinical studies being done to determine exactly how acupuncture works. Research has shown that the stimulation of acupuncture points with needles affects the body biochemically and physiologically through sensory receptors. This includes an increase in endorphins in the body which reduces pain and eases the feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. Also, cortisol levels decrease which can help with weight issues, immune function, adrenal function and inflammation.

  • Chronic Pain (Neck pain, Lower Back pain, etc)
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Infertility
  • PMS and Menstrual Disorders
  • Stress Management

The acupuncture needles are sterile and disposable. Each needle is inserted only once and then discarded in a Biohazard Sharps container.

Every patient responds differently to acupuncture treatment. The number of acupuncture treatments necessary for any given condition is determined on a case-by-case basis. Some acute conditions can be resolved quickly while other chronic conditions may require more visits.

You may have acupuncture coverage depending on your insurance plan. Dr. Chantal Russell is a preferred provider for many large insurance companies. We are happy to call and verify your insurance for you.