Frequently Asked Questions

-Does acupuncture hurt? When performed by a licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture should not be painful. People that have tried acupuncture have reported feeling the following sensations: slight pinch, distention, soreness, dull pain, slight pressure, or tingling.

-Is acupuncture safe? When performed by a licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture has an excellent track record of safety.

-Do acupuncturists attend school? Yes, acupuncture education is a 3 year graduate level degree. Over 2400 hours of didactic and clinical education, clinical internship, and national board exams.

-How long are the treatments? Initial appointments may last up to 110 minutes, while follow-up treatments will usually take 60 minutes.

-Is it safe to get acupuncture while taking medication? Acupuncture is perfectly safe and will not interfere with any medication prescribed by your physician.

-I feel much better after acupuncture treatments, can I stop taking medication now? This is a matter that you should discuss with your primary care physician. The acupuncturist will never advise any patients in regards to prescribed medication or ongoing medical treatments. It is actually encouraged that both acupuncturist and physician work together to provide you with the best care.

-What can i expect during my first visit? You will come in and meet the practitioner and fill out the necessary paperwork (if not done so already online). The practitioner will go over the information with you such as current issues or concerns, medical history, medications. The practitioner will perform any necessary evaluation or assessment regarding your condition, and will formulate a treatment plan specifically for you. After that, the acupuncture treatment will begin, in which the practitioner will let you know the exact steps.

-How should I prepare for an acupuncture appointment? It is recommended that you to dress in comfortable clothes, avoid tight belts or other tight articles of clothing. Clothes that can be rolled up easily from the ankles and/or wrist would be preferred. Please do not show up to your appointment on an empty stomach, and please avoid any caffeine or stimulant 3 hours before your acupuncture treatment. It is highly recommended that you turn off any electronic devices such as phones, tablets, smart watches, laptops, etc. As courtesy to other patients, please arrive on time for your appointment.

-How many treatments will I need before I see improvement? The practitioner will customize a personalized treatment plan for every patient. Because every patient is different, it is impossible to predict how fast or how well each person will respond to acupuncture, although most people report feeling changes within days. Acute conditions will often require less treatments, while chronic conditions will require more treatments.

-For vision & ophthalmic acupuncture treatments, are you inserting needles into my eyes? No, the needles for vision and ophthalmic acupuncture treatments do NOT go into your eyes or anywhere near your eyes.

-Do you accept insurance? Functional Acupuncture does not currently accept health insurance plans, therefore we are unable to submit insurance claims. We do however give you receipts for services rendered, which may be used to file an insurance claim on your own.

-What type of payment do you accept? Forms of payment accepted include cash, checks, all major credit cards (Visa, MC, Amex, Discover), PayPal, HSA cards, FSA cards. Payment is expected at the time of treatment.

-If I cannot make it to my appointment, can I cancel? Cancellations or rescheduling can be made with a minimum of 24 hours advance notice without a penalty. Any cancellations after that or missed appointments will incur a cancellation fee of $45, no exceptions.