Acupuncture in pregnancy: does it work? Acupuncture can help alleviate symptoms such as back pains, nausea and other common pregnancy discomforts. Acupuncture is over 3000 years old with the FDA approving acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996.
Acupuncture awakens your self-healing capabilities. Acupuncturists insert hair-thin needles into the skin at specific points around the body. It is virtually painless when done by an experienced practitioner. Inserting the needles is thought to correct imbalances in the flow of energy in the body, called qi (pronounced “chee”). In Western scientific terms, acupuncture is thought to ease pain by affecting neurotransmitters, hormone levels, or the immune system.
For new pains, an acupuncturist should be your first stop. You should always see your doctor to have a clear diagnosis of what is causing your pain to rule out a serious medical condition.
How often is acupuncture needed?
Plan on weekly treatments until you start to see a benefit, then gradually lengthen the time until the next visit.
What does it cost?
Our Acupuncture treatments are $110 per session. Private insurers usually don’t pay for it, nor do Medicare or Medicaid. Ask about our multi session discounts.
Who administers it?
Ideally a trusted, certified provider. Tuesday Hoffman, L.Ac. & Alexandra Garcia, L.Ac. are both certified Acupuncturists.
Can you get bruises from acupuncture?
Sometimes bruising is the result of a hematoma, a localized collection of blood that gets initiated when the needle punctures the skin.
Are there any side effects to Acupuncture?
The most common side effects of acupuncture are things everyone wants: better sleep, more energy, mental clarity, better digestion and less stress. One or several of these side effects occur routinely for many, many acupuncture goers.
Very rarely will you feel some fatigue after the treatment, some muscle twitching that quickly goes away, and maybe some soreness at the needle site. These symptoms are rare and subside quickly.
If you suffer from headaches, migraines, shoulder, neck and back pain, than you should try Acupuncture.