Frequently Asked Questions
Hours: Monday and Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 9-6 pm
Thursday 9-6 pm
Friday 9-4 pm
Saturday 9-4 pm
Sunday 9-1 pm
Treatments are by appointment only.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a time-tested, safe, effective natural and drug-free way to eliminate pain. Acupuncture focuses on strengthening the physical condition, harmonizing the emotions, preventing disease, relieving pain and achieving longevity.
How does acupuncture work?
Modern Western medicine can not explain how acupuncture works. Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (pronounced "Chee") or Life Energy throughout the body along distinct meridians or pathways somewhat like nerves and blood vessels. Qi animates the body and protects it. When a prolonged or excessive disruption of Qi occurs, pain or disease can set in. Once the imbalances of Qi are detected, acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints along meridians in order to unlock the obstruction and balance Qi. When Qi is balanced and flowing freely the bodies natural self healing abilities are activated allowing internal stability and harmony to occur.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
When performed by competently trained, licensed professional, acupuncture is extremely safe. In fact, when practiced correctly, acupuncture has little to no side effects. We use the highest quality needles available. Our needles are individually packaged, sterile and disposable insuring no chance of infection or contagion. At Acupuncture of New England, your safety and well being is our main concern.
Is Acupuncture painful?
More often than not, the insertion of very fine needles into the body goes unnoticed. In some cases, this insertion may result in brief passing discomfort, like a small pinch, followed by a sensation of numbness, tingling, traveling warmth or heaviness. Usually relaxation and an elevation of spirit accompanies treatment.
What will happen during the first visit?
Patients will be required to complete a medical history and to fill out appropriate forms. After a consultation, you will be advised if acupuncture is an appropriate treatment for your condition. A specific number and type of treatments will be recommended to achieve realistic results.
What should I do to prepare for my first visit?
Clothing: acupuncture points used for your condition will determine what areas of the body that needs to be exposed. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing to your treatments. You may be asked to bring shorts or a tank top.
Dietary: it is important that you eat regular meals on the day of your treatment. Alcohol or other intoxicants should not be consumed as they will affect the efficacy of the treatment.
Activities: Please do not plan any strenuous or stressful activities for at least 2 hours after a treatment.
Timely information: infections and illness, such as cold, flu, and allergies are, often time, easily treated if addressed within the first 24 hours. It is essential to advise your acupuncturist of any new health issues since your previous visit. Patients should inform the practioners as to all medications currently taking.
How many treatments will it take?
Duration of treatment depends on the nature of the complaint, its severity, and how long it has been present. Response varies. Some patient's require only a few sessions while others need sustained care to reverse chronic conditions that have been established over time. Acupuncture treatments produce a cumulative effect with time. As symptoms improve, fewer visits are required. This process is continued until maximum correction has been achieved.
Will insurance pay?
While some insurance carriers recognize acupuncture, others still do not. We encourage patients to check their individual policy. If applicable, we will provide you with the appropriate forms to submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.
What Laser Therapy can treat?
Laser therapy can be used on patients who do not wish to be needled. I use laser therapy on acupuncture points to stimulate healing and balance within the body. Some of the things that laser therapy is used for: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Pain and/or Hand Paresis in Stroke, Arthritis, Pain from Acute Strain and Sprain, Lower Back Pain, Plantar fasciitis, Hip pain and many others.
Forms that can be filled out prior to your appointment.