What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture, which is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, views the body as a whole. In this type of medicine, health concerns are rarely approached as isolated problems but rather as branches of a deeper rooted issue. Your acupuncturist will work with you to correctly identify underlying imbalances.
How Acupuncture Works
The needles are inserted at specific points in the body — there are more than 400 — which vary depending on the complaint. These points fall along "meridians," or nerve pathways, and communicate with the body and brain to activate a healing response.
Conditions We Treat
Most people associate acupunture with pain management, but that's not the only health complaint it's highly effective at treating. Patients can receive acupunture for any concern they would present to their primary physician, including:
- Digestive disorders
- Anxiety and depression
- Poor sleep and fatigue
- Menopausal symptoms
- Menstrual complains
- Allergies and sinus problems
- Headaches and migraines
- Chemotherapy side effects
- General wellness
Because it has a systemic effect and balances the entire body, accupuncture is a great treatment option for health concerns which appear to have no cause or remedy. In addition, many patients notice positive changes not part of their initial complaint, such as more restful sleep, increased energy, improved digestion and decreased stress.
Schedule an Appointment
To schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, please call 512-509-0200or schedule an appointment online.
Most insurance companies do not currently cover the costs of integrative medical care. If you have acupuncture and/or massage coverage, you may submit your receipt to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does acupunture hurt?Does acupunture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are sterile, single-use and very fine — as thin as a few strands of hair. In fact, about 10 acupuncture needles will fit inside the tip of the hypodermic needle, which is used to give shots.
Because the needles are so thin, they part the skin rather than cut it. Upon insertion, each patient experiences different sensations ranging from a tingling or heaviness to itchiness or mild pricking. Many feel nothing at all. The sensations are not long-lasting once the needles have been inserted. In fact, treatments can be so relaxing, many people fall asleep.
If you are anxious about any part of your treatment or have a fear of needles, let us know. We will take extra steps to ensure you are comfortable.
Can children receive acupuncture treatments?Can children receive acupuncture treatments?
Children over the age of 10 can receive acupuncture with parental consent. In fact, children typically respond to treatment in about half the time as a typical adult.
Anyone (including children under 10) can receive acupressure, which involves pressing points with the fingertips.
How do I prepare for acupuncture treatment?How do I prepare for acupuncture treatment?
Patients should eat a light meal an hour prior and avoid any strenuous activity directly before and after treatment.
Clothing should be comfortable and easily rolled past knees and elbows, if possible.
What should I expect during my first appointment?What should I expect during my first appointment?
The acupuncturist will perform a thorough exam, including a Chinese Medicine-based health history and an examination of your tongue and pulse.
The tongue is a map of what is going on inside the body. By looking at the color, shape, coating, texture and even movement of the tongue, acupunturists can see different issues that need to be addressed.
Pulse examination is also a little different than in western medicine. Instead of focusing on the pulse rate alone, acupuncturists feel the rate and quality of the pulse in six different places.
This examination helps determine which methods of treatment will be most effective and which acupuncture points should be used. Once the needles are inserted at different points on your body, you'll be able to relax for 15-30 minutes.