How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture balances the functional energy in the body which improves nervous system function, energy, and circulation. This will in turn reduce pain, inflammation, and stress in the body leaving you with a peace of mind and freedom from physical suffering. It is an effective, drug free way of treating and preventing disease that has been in practice for more than 4000 years. It can treat signs and symptoms as well as addressing the root cause of the problem.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture filaments are flexible and much MUCH thinner than the needles that you are used to seeing at your doctor’s office (not much thicker than a wee hair). The sensation at the point of insertion is not painful, but may be described as a dull, achy, or heavy feeling. Many  patients even fall asleep on the tables during the needle insertion or shortly after.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes, as long as it is administered by a Licensed Acupuncturist, you will be very in capable hands. We use sterile, single-use filaments and they are promptly disposed of once they have done their duty. It is a short life for the acupuncture needle, but a life well lived! 

What conditions can acupuncture address?

How many treatments will I need?

This is unique to every individual. It depends upon the nature and severity of the symptoms, and how long they have been present. Some people notice an immediate improvement in their health while, for others, acupuncture tends to have a cumulative effect over several visits. In general, 2 acupuncture treatments per week are recommended for the first few weeks. After the fourth treatment or so, we will have a better idea of the rate of your progress.

How can acupuncture improve my athletic performance?

  • increase blood flow to soft tissue and improve healing time
  • reduce pain and inflammation
  • we integrate traditional acupuncture points with modern motor point therapy to correct muscular imbalances
  • improve overall energy and sleep patterns to allow you to function at optimal potential
  • relaxation to control stress hormones that may blunt training

How do I prepare for my first appointment?

You may complete our new patient paperwork at your leisure before your visit or plan on arriving 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time to finish it. Please review our appointment etiquette before your appointment. It is best to wear loose-fitting clothing, so that you may be comfortable during your treatment. Please eat (at least) a light meal within several hours of your appointment so that you are not too hungry or too full.

What is the traditional theory behind acupuncture?

Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s own self-healing mechanisms. It is based on the idea that every living being possesses a vital energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”). This energy circulates throughout the body along pathways called meridians and connects to specific organs in the body. When the flow of energy is interrupted from causes such as stress or injury, this energy is reduced throwing your qi off balance. By performing acupuncture using the points associated with the particular meridian involved, balance is restored.

What is the science behind it?

From a biomedical perspective, acupuncture  works by stimulating parts of the brain to release natural biomolecules such as neurotransmitters, vasodilators and hormones. Scientific research shows that these biomolecules trigger the immune system and pain regulating mechanisms resulting in a broad spectrum of systemic effects. Studies done through Neuroimaging, Thermal Imaging and Ultrasound prove the effects of acupuncture are beneficial.

Does my insurance cover acupuncture?

We are a preferred in-network provider for both Blue Cross and Blue Shield and United Healthcare. Many insurance carriers throughout the Dallas area are starting to cover acupuncture. However insurance carriers vary greatly in terms of deductible, co-pay, and percentage of coverage of acupuncture care. We will do our best to verify your insurance coverage and we will bill your insurance in a timely manner. We bill insurance companies as a service to you, but can not guarantee payment by an insurance company.