What does Acupuncture feel like? Does it hurt?
A trained practitioner often inserts needles painlessly. Generally speaking it is not painful. Once the needle is inserted people often feel a sensation. This sensation is associated with the needle reaching the point or the Qi (chee). People describe this sensation in varying ways. A few common descriptive words include: tickle, heavy, weird, deep massage, and vibration.
How many treatments will I need?
Chinese medicine is holistic and individualized. Treatment plans will be created after an assessment of your health, during your initial intake. For chronic conditions it is common to receive treatment once or twice a week for four weeks and then re-evaluate. Often times for acute conditions (UTI, cold, flu, etc.) one to three treatments in a single week ill effectively reduce the symptoms.
Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been used during pregnancy for thousands of years. There are herbs and acupuncture points that are not recommended during pregnancy which is why it is important to see a trained practitioner to receive the best care. Katherine has completed four years of Chinese medical school and went on to complete advanced training in birth preparation, labor and delivery. She is skilled and committed to offering you the best care.
What will it cost? Will my insurance cover it?
In the state of Oregon many health insurance companies cover acupuncture. When you schedule your initial visit feel free to call us to inquire about the coverage of your specific insurance.