Frequently Asked Questions

Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine have been around for centuries,  but many people still have questions. Here are the most common ones we get

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture uses very fine needles that we insert at points on bio-energetic pathways that travel all over the body. Acupuncture, while gentle, is extremely powerful in boosting people’s own healing powers to improve health and eliminate illness.

Acupuncture has been used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness for thousands and thousands of years. In recent years, it has gained broad popularity in America, with institutions like the US Army and well-known mainstream hospitals using the ancient Chinese modality.

DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?

In general, most people do not think acupuncture hurts at all! Acupuncture needles are tiny and solid and are inserted very superficially in the skin. Even the most sensitive people do not feel much at all. At worst, you may feel a little pinch for a split second. Most people report upon check out that they feel great; very relaxed, and pleasantly surprised by the lack of pain.

IS ACUPUNCTURE FOR ME?

Probably!

Over the years we have worked with many people suffering from a variety of health problems and have seen great results. During your first visit, we will talk openly and honestly with you about the specifics of how acupuncture can treat your specific health problems. If at any time before, during or after the process we do not think the treatments are working/will work for you, we will let you know right away.

WHAT IS TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE?

Traditional Chinese medicine is a whole-body healing system that looks at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of people in an attempt to bring balance to the whole person. Rather than looking at one aspect of an illness, Traditional Chinese medicine covers the various aspects of what makes us human. We’re not just muscles, bones and chemicals. We’re much more than that, and we feel that medicine must approach healing with this in mind.

Traditional Chinese medicine starts from the concept that our body can heal itself. With the right starting point — good nutrition and sleep and balanced emotions — the body knows what its doing. The methods we use here work by stimulating and optimizing each client’s own healing abilities.

Traditional Chinese medicine includes acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Gua Sha, Moxibustion, nutrition counseling and more.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS OF ACUPUNCTURE?

Adverse side effects with acupuncture are extremely rare. That’s what makes it so different from many forms of mainstream medical care. The practitioners at Rocky Coast Family Acupuncture are State and National Board Certified with years of experience, so you’re in good hands. And of course, we only use single-use, sterile and disposable acupuncture needles. If you have questions about acupuncture and/or any potential side effects, please do get in touch.

WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN ACUPUNCTURE AND HERBAL MEDICINE?

The use of herbs is a very important part of how we treat our clients. Using herbs in combination with acupuncture and our other treatments, gives clients a powerful tool to allow their bodies to heal.

ARE THE HERBS SAFE?

We are nationally certified herbalists, so when we prescribe herbs as part of our overall Traditional Chinese medicine treatments, it is extremely safe.

We use only the best products on the market, which are high grade and quality-controlled. These herbs can have the same powerful effect as pharmaceuticals, but are generally much more gentle on the body, with fewer side effects.

WILL MY INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is an affordable form of healthcare. In addition, depending on your insurance plan, your insurance may cover acupuncture. We would be happy to call your insurance provider to find out if you are covered. Below are a few Maine employers whose health plans should cover acupuncture:

  • City of Portland
  • State of Maine
  • Maine Education Association
  • Maine Medical Center
  • Maine Health
  • Council on International Educational Exchange
  • Apple
  • L.L.Bean
  • Idexx
  • and more!

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