This is the placing of hair-thin needles through the skin at specific points in the body to treat a variety of conditions and symptoms.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of healing that is used to treat illness, pain and a variety of other symptoms.
If you are considering acupuncture, it is important you check coverage with your insurance provider before receiving therapy. Some benefit plans may provide coverage for acupuncture. Please review your coverage documents and/or call the number on the back of your ID card for more information. The estimates shown apply when the service is determined to be a covered service, eligible for in-network reimbursement.
During your treatment, the acupuncturist will insert a series of fine stainless steel needles into your skin. The needles are inserted along a series of lines or channels called “meridians.” Each meridian is thought to be connected to specific organ system.
To get the desired response, the practitioner may:
No special preparation is needed before you get acupuncture. Discuss your treatment goals and timeframe with your acupuncturist before starting treatment. There is also no special care after the treatment. However, watch for symptoms of infection, including:
As with most medical treatment, not everyone responds to acupuncture therapy.
Before your appointment with an acupuncturist:
Here are some questions to ask your acupuncturist:
Make sure you understand your action plan, your treatment plan, any possible alternatives, and what medications are recommended (including possible side effects).
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