FAQs

Can acupuncture help me?

Yes! Acupuncture boosts your body's natural tendency toward balance. Depending on your situation, acupuncture can be used as an alternative or complement to improve your health physically, mentally, and emotionally. It can help reduce pain or discomfort, improve function and performance, enhance fertility, and maintain overall wellness. Research shows therapeutic benefit of acupuncture for a wide variety of conditions.1

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Do you accept insurance?

Yes! Rootstock Acupuncture is currently in-network with PacificSource Health Plans, Cigna and Allegiance, and provides Blue Cross Blue Shield members with superbills for easy reimbursement. Ask us about your health insurance plan.

Tell me about a typical acupuncture session?

Every session begins with an opportunity to talk about your care. Most people fall asleep during a session because it’s so relaxing. Depending on your needs and preferences, an acupuncture session may also include smokeless moxibustion, electrical stimulation, cupping, gua sha, acupressure, tuina, herbal remedies and nutritional counseling.

What do I need to know before I go to my session?

Know that, while you may feel improvement after one session, acupuncture is a process and requires commitment to be most beneficial. Plan to eat a little something beforehand and be prepared to relax. Wear loose fitting clothing or dress down to your level of comfort. Refrain from wearing scented lotions and avoid caffeine and other stimulants for several hours before your appointment.

What does acupuncture feel like?

People report a myriad of different sensations and it's truly individual. It's not uncommon to experience multidimensional dull, heavy or intense sensations. The neurophysiological significance of this phenomenon is still being uncovered.2  Sensations can be subtle or intense although the technique itself is gentle. 

What should I do after my session?

Let the treatment take its full effect by gently resuming your day. Then, notice how your life activities affect how you feel. The acupuncturist-client relationship is a partnership and you may have “homework” to complement the acupuncture treatment you receive.

How often should I receive acupuncture?

That depends on your personal goals for improved health and well being; the nature of your condition, including whether it is acute or chronic; and your lifestyle preferences. The recommendation may be daily, bi-weekly, weekly, or twice monthly until a condition is resolved; monthly maintenance thereafter. Everyone benefits from acupuncture tune-ups at least on a seasonal basis.

How do you decide which acupoints to stimulate?

Acupuncture is largely based on meridian/channel theory which is the basis of understanding for how “qi” (pronounced "chee") flows through the body. You can think of qi as the vital substances and energy behind every bodily function. This is why needles may be placed at locations away from the actual area of discomfort.  Acupuncturists may also needle areas of pain or tenderness, traditionally known as “ashi” points and not unlike the modern concept of “trigger point dry needling.“ 

Is acupuncture cost-effective?

Compared to some other treatment modalities, acupuncture is a bargain. Understanding that cost can be a factor in how often one receives acupuncture, we create a treatment plan that works for you and also offer package deals.

 

World Health Organization. (2002) Acupuncture: Review and analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials. Geneva: World Health Organization.

Zhou and Benharash. (2014) "Significance of 'deqi' response in acupuncture treatment: Myth or reality." Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies.   

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"I came to Angie when I had multiple family issues, and the stress settled into my shoulders and neck. Angie's sensitive and astute treatment allowed me to simply breathe. I loved my treatments! I was soon able to deal with my issues healthily on both a physical and emotional level. So thank you, Angie!"

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