Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does acupuncture hurt?
A: Acupuncture needles are extremely thin, about the width of two human hairs together. People report sensations ranging from nothing at all to a brief prick or a dull ache. Some points are more sensitive than others. Most commonly, people report that the feeling from the needle itself passes quickly and they feel highly relaxed during treatment. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain.
Q: Do I have to be sick to benefit from acupuncture?
A: No. Acupuncture has many benefits that anyone can enjoy, such as increased immune system function, faster recovery from illness, and a greater feeling of well-being. People who receive acupuncture often have lower health care costs including reduced medication dosages.
Q: Are the needles safe?
A: I use only sterile single-use disposable acupuncture needles.
Q: How many times do I have to come to benefit from acupuncture?
A: Every person has unique needs. After the initial consultation, a course of 6-8 treatments is generally enough time for most people to see improvement in their condition. As your treatment progresses, the time between treatments is gradually lengthened.
Q: Does my health insurance cover acupuncture costs?
A: Please check with your health insurance provider. Many insurance companies do cover acupuncture treatment. I do not accept insurance, but I will provide you with a receipt that you can submit to your provider for reimbursement.
Q: Why would I receive acupuncture treatment?
A: Acupuncture helps support your body's natural ability to heal itself, and can be effective for providing relief from a wide range of physical and emotional concerns. It is also a great way to become more effective at understanding your body's unique needs and coping mechanisms, allowing you to regain and maintain your own health and emotional well-being.
Q: How do you decide where to put the needles?
A: Acupuncture was developed over thousands of years of observation. The acupuncture points lay along pathways called meridians which are arranged along the surface of the body. These meridians and points have different functions which your acupuncturist chooses from to create a treatment that is suitable for you. Just as every person has a unique set of characteristics and symptoms, every person requires a unique treatment made up of carefully chosen acupuncture points.
Q: Do I have to believe in acupuncture for treatment to work?
A: Absolutely not. Acupuncture works regardless of your beliefs. Animals that receive acupuncture benefit from treatment.
Q: I want to come for treatment. How do I schedule an appointment?
A: E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the number listed on the "Contact Us" page. We will discuss any questions or concerns you have and schedule an initial appointment.
Toronto Acupuncture: 1246 Yonge Street Suite 303 (647) 704-1133