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FAQs

Do you accept insurance?

Yes Regen Acupuncture is an in-network provider for the following insurances.

  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Magnacare
  • Cigna
  • OptumHealth
  • Great-West Healthcare
  • Health Allies
  • Medical Resource, LLC
  • United Healthcare Dual Complete (NY)
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • No-Fault (Motor Vehicle Accident)
  • American Speciality Health

There are other insurance companies that we are not in their network and may cover acupuncture. If you are unsure whether or not your insurance covers acupuncture, just fax or email the front and back of your insurance card along with your name and birthday. We would be glad to verify your coverage for you.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 4,000 years ago, acupuncture is a method of encouraging one’s body to heal naturally and improve its function. This is done by inserting needles into very precise, high energy acupuncture points.

How does acupuncture work?

The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body. When this energy becomes blocked, the result is pain, discomfort, or disease. With acupuncture needles, the obstructions are cleared, allowing the energy to flow freely and returning an individual to a state of balance.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Is acupuncture safe? Are there any side effects?

One of the many benefits of acupuncture is a very safe practice, with very few side effects. All needles are sterilized, individually packaged and disposable. We do not reuse acupuncture needles. Most common post-treatment complaints are minor and short-lived, ranging from bruising to needle pain lasting less than a week.

I am afraid of needles. Are there other treatment methods that doesn’t involve use of needles?

Yes, needles are not the only treatment methods that be used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. There are other methods like cupping, moxibustion, tuina, gua sha, and herbal medicine are available.

What does acupuncture feel like?

People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some patients feel a slight ‘Qi’ sensation when the needle is inserted. These ‘Qi sensations’ range from warmth or tingling, to a brief ache or heaviness in the area being needled. They indicate favorable results from the acupuncture treatment, as Qi has been strongly contacted. By and large patients describe these sensations as fleeting and the treatment experience as deeply relaxing.

How is Chinese herbal medicine different from western medicine?

Chinese herbal formulas tend to be much gentler than western medicine. They work to not only help relieve symptoms, but to help return the body to balance and equilibrium, so that herbs will not be needed further. As one’s body starts to shift towards a state of balance, herbs or formulas are modified accordingly.

How much training is involved for acupuncturists?

NCCAOM licensed acupuncturists receive over 3000 hours of training from an accredited school to become licensed. They must also pass a three national examination to become NCCAOM certified. Many other health professionals are able to receive only 100-200 hours of training in acupuncture and tend to call it “medical acupuncture”, this is NOT Chinese medicine.

How often should I be treated?

Typically, treatment occurs twice a week. If the condition is acute and painful, the practitioner may want to do treatments 3 times per week for the first couple of weeks. Benefits of biweekly treatments versus once a week is that most tend to see relief faster and the effects last longer, so that patients typically need treatment less and less. Eventually patients return to the office only periodically for maintenance

How soon can I expect to feel better?

Each person is unique, thus will respond to acupuncture differently. In general, patients should start to feel the benefits from treatment within 2-3 sessions. If the problem is acute, sometimes improvement is felt after a single treatment, and may only need 3-5 treatments to resolve. If the problem is chronic and long term, it may require additional treatments to see an improvement.

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