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Acupuncture is an ancient medicine that involves the insertion of very fine, sterile, single-use needles into specifics points (acupuncture points) on the body.  When acupuncture points are stimulated they regulate organ function, balance hormones, reduce inflammation, clear stress, improve circulation, and stimulate the body’s natural healing response.

The mechanism of acupuncture is still being studied extensively. There are thousands of studies that demonstrate acupuncture’s efficacy, although how acupuncture works is not known in all cases.  Research does prove that acupuncture decreases inflammation, increases blood flow, decreases stress hormones, increases endorphins, and regulates hormones.

REVIVE ACUPUNCTURE IS IN-NETWORK WITH THE FOLLOWING INSURANCE COMPANIES:

  • Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Medrisk
  • United Health Care

If your insurance company is not listed here, you may still have out-of-network acupuncture coverage that can be used at our clinic. Please contact us to see if your plan in particular includes acupuncture.

Acupuncture uses extremely thin needles that upon insertion you may have no pain at all or you may experience a slight sensation at the needle site. Let the acupuncturist know if you have anxiety about needles, and he or she will be especially sensitive and can use pediatric needles if you prefer.

Acupuncture points cover the entire body, but the commonly used points are below the elbow, below the knee, on the abdomen, on the back, and on the head.

The session will start with a 45 minute interview discussing your health history, lab work, and diet. After the interview you will come onto a massage style table for the Chinese medicine exam that involves taking the pulse and looking at the tongue.  Next is the acupuncture, which involves the insertion of 10-20 acupuncture needles.  The needles will be left in place for 20-40 minutes. Most patients describe this time as very relaxing, and many fall asleep. After the treatment people typically feel very relaxed or slightly energized.

The initial visit lasts 60-90 minutes.  Follow-up sessions last about 60 minutes.

It is best to wear comfortable loose fitting clothes to allow access to acupuncture points.  If this is not possible then we can provide towels so you can undress and drape them over you.

Acupuncture is typically received once to twice weekly.  The total number of treatments required will be different for each patient. Typically a chronic condition will require a longer course of treatment, while an acute condition will require a shorter course of treatment.  Please discuss with your Revive provider how many sessions he or she expects to resolve your particular health issue.