Frequently Asked Questions
Our frequently asked questions page was created to help first time acupuncture patients understand what to expect during their first visit. If any additional questions or concerns arise beforehand please feel free to give us a call at 207-879-0442.
What can I expect during my first treatment?
The first treatment is usually slightly longer in duration due to our extensive intake done in order for the acupuncturist to arrive at their Chinese diagnosis. The patients entire health history is usually taken, emotions are considered, and lifestyle patterns are examined. The acupuncturist will explain the basics of the medicine, foods that help heal the body, and answer any questions that you may have.
Do the needles hurt?
Unlike the needles used in giving injections, the filaments used in treatments are extremely fine, only 2 times the width of a single hair. Acupuncture needles are designed to enter the skin with the least resistance. Most people are surprised to discover that treatments can involve little to no pain and are usually quite relaxing.
What sensations may I feel?
You can expect to feel a light tingling, a feeling of heaviness, warmth, or numbness at the acupuncture site.
How many treatments will I need?
Acupuncture is a form of holistic medicine, thus treating the root of the problem and addressing several of your health concerns at once. We don’t like to look at a treatment from an individualized perspective but rather in clusters. We suggest allowing 6-10 treatments, usually once or twice a week. Then, you and your acupuncturist will decide if the benefits are what you expected and together decide the course you should take to continue your healthy lifestyle.
How much is the cost of a treatment?
The cost at the time of treatment is usually around $70.00.
Does insurance cover acupuncture?
Some insurance policies DO cover acupuncture. I find here in the state of Maine, most city employees, State of Maine employees, Maine Education Association (MEA) members, Maine PerksCard holders, Maine Medical Center Employees, and Maine health employees are usually covered. There is a number on the back of your insurance card that you can call to check for acupuncture insurance coverage verification.
What if need to cancel an appointment?
We understand that circumstances arise that may prevent your keeping an appointment. We would prefer 48 hours notice, but require 24 hours notice for cancellation. If repeated cancellations occur without proper notice, we may be required to charge the usual and customary fee for the un-used time slot.
What if I'm running late?
If you are running a little late we will make every effort to squeeze you in. However, in the event that we are fully booked and you arrive more than 10 minutes late, we may need to reschedule you.