What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a medical procedure performed by inserting thin needles into specific areas of the body. It aims to stimulate nerve communication, encourage blood flow, reduce pain and inflammation, and promote healing. The practice originated in China and is now practiced widely around the world.
While most acupuncture visits are not covered by insurance, you can call your insurance company to check if acupuncture is covered and for what condition, and by what practitioner.
How Can Acupuncture Help?
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat ailments, and research finds this complementary therapy can help relieve:
- Feelings of anxiety or depression
- Cancer treatment-related symptoms, such as fatigue and nausea
- Headaches or migraines
- Hot flashes or other menopausal symptoms
- Joint, back, or neck pain
- Chronic fatigue
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is a very safe procedure with minimal risks or side effects. We use sterile acupuncture needles that are discarded immediately after treatment.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
Some may experience mild discomfort at the insertion site, but most tolerate this therapy well. If you do feel discomfort, let your acupuncturist know right away.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
Most patients feel relaxed after their acupuncture session. Stay hydrated and don’t schedule any strenuous workouts afterward. Doing so may undo the effects of the therapy.
Learn More About Our Acupuncture Services
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Memorial Institute of Health and Healing at 217-357-6560.