Does Acupuncture hurt?
The reaction to Acupuncture may vary from person to person, some people feel a tingling sensation, some feel a slight ache that disappears after a few seconds, and many people don't feel anything at all. Most often, people feel very relaxed during their treatment, and some fall asleep. -back to top-
Is Acupuncture safe?
We use pre-sterilized, pre-packaged, one-time-use needles, safely disposed of after use. Acupuncture is a safe, drug-free therapy that has no side effects. Occasionally, bruising or a small amount of bleeding may occur where the needle was; this is normal and will go away in a few days. Licensed Acupuncturists practice Universal Precautions and adhere to OSHA Safety Standards.
What is the difference between Japanese and Chinese style Acupuncture?
At Healthy Channels, we are trained to employ both Chinese and Japanese style acupuncture techniques. In general, Chinese style is a more aggressive type of treatment. The insertions are deeper, and your Acupuncturist may manipulate the needles in order to loosen the muscles and increase blood flow. Japanese style acupuncture tends to be more gentle, using thinner needles and more shallow insertions. We will determine which style is more appropriate depending on the condition and the patient's needs. -back to top-
Can children or needle sensitive individuals benefit from this medicine?
Absolutely. We also use non-insertive techniques, which include the use of magnets, as well as Shaku Ju therapy, which uses techniques of balancing the body without needles. Moxibustion and cupping treatments are also available and can achieve optimal results. Please consult us if this type of treatment is of interest to you.
Does insurance cover acupuncture?
You will be expected to pay fully for your treatments. If your insurance company does cover acupuncture, we will issue you an invoice for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
What kind of training should an acupuncturist have?
Acupuncturists are licensed by the state they practice in, and in Massachusetts, they are licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Medicine. In order to be licensed in Massachusetts, Acupuncturists are required to complete training at an accredited institution, which requires a minimum of 1,350 hours of clinical and classroom instruction. They must also successfully complete national board exams, which are administered through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, (NCCAOM).
What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Chinese herbal medicine is an internal and external medicine that can be used as a stand-alone therapy or to complement and enhance acupuncture treatments. Herbs are most commonly taken from plant leaf, stem, root, skin and seed and are dispensed in raw, tincture, powdered or pill form. Combinations of several different herbs are used in an herbal formula to address specific needs of the individual. We dispense herbs only from reputable companies who have high quality and performance standards and who are fully compliant with FDA and other
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