What is acupuncture and what does it do?

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific body points along the energy pathways of the body, meridians of channels, which stimulates the movement of qi in the body.  Acupuncture can assist in balancing the physiological functions of the body by promoting the self-regulating mechanisms of the body which lead to homeostasis, internal stability of the body.

Acupuncture is not only effective in treating numerous conditions, but is also a form of preventative medicine. Though modern science cannot fully account for how acupuncture works, current research confirms its efficacy for many conditions.  Acupuncture is one modality of Chinese medicine that has a history of more than 2,000 years.


Does acupuncture work?

Just like any form of medicine, there isn’t one treatment that works for everyone.  After a few acupuncture treatments we will discuss your progress and determine if continued acupuncture is the best treatment for you.  Our common goal is to improve your health, whether it is through acupuncture or some other form of medicine or therapy.

What is an acupuncture treatment like?

Each acupuncture treatment is custom designed for you. Specific acupuncture points are chosen depending on your constitution, health history, and current physical and emotional condition. Acupuncture treatments can be complemented with other modalities, if deemed fit, such as moxibustion or cupping. Read more about what to expect during treatment

Do acupuncture needles hurt?

Acupuncture needles are very fine and usually produce very little if any pain. I practice a gentle needling style that is comfortable for even the most sensitive person. Acupuncture needles are so thin that it takes forty acupuncture needles to fit into the tip of one standard 18 gauge hypodermic needle.


Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture needles are extremely safe. Acupuncture needles are pre-sterilized, individually packaged, and disposable, one-time use. Needles are never reused. Every acupuncturist gets extensive training in proper handling of needles and universal safety precautions so as to maintain the highest level of safety and cleanliness for both patients and themselves.


What happens once the needles are in?

People often experience various sensations once the needles are in place.  These vary from tingling, aching, heavy and radiating sensations. These are all positive reactions and indicate that the Qi is moving within the channels. Most patients fall into a deep sense of calm and relaxation during a treatment and often times fall asleep.


How often do I need to come in for treatment?

Typically acupuncture treatments are about once a week though it is not unlikely for patients to come in 2 to 3 times a week in cases of severe pain or discomfort. However the goal is to lessen the frequency of treatments over time as the patient reaches better health. Each case is different and the exact duration of treatment depends on the condition, the basic level of health, and how well the patient responds to acupuncture.


How many treatments does it take to achieve desired results?

The length of your treatment will depend upon your condition and how well you respond to treatment. Generally, acute conditions recover more quickly, whereas chronic conditions will take longer. For example, a newly sprained ankle is likely to feel better after a couple of treatments, where as chronic shoulder issue of 3 years may take several treatments. Like any medicine, acupuncture varies from person to person; some respond more quickly or favorably than others. It is not surprising to feel better after one treatment, however it is important to remember that consistency in treatment leads to better results.


Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Acupuncture is covered by some insurance policies, however coverage varies greatly between plans.  Contact your provider to find out about your policy's acupuncture coverage.  Acupuncture is not covered under Medicare or Medicaid in New Jersey.

Though White Lotus Acupuncture does not accept insurance directly, you may still be able to use your insurance for acupuncture coverage. 

If you have out-of-network benefits for acupuncture and your deductible is met, you may be entitled to all or partial reimbursement for your acupuncture visit.  Contact your insurance company for policy details regarding reimbursement.

White Lotus Acupuncture cannot and does not guarantee any or all insurance reimbursement.