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Frequently asked acupuncture questions provided by the Center for Reproductive Wellness

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient technique in which a skilled practitioner inserts thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate a self healing response. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years, and it is part of the holistic system of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Acupuncture views health as a constantly changing flow of energy, or Qi (pronounced "chee"). When the movement of Qi (energy) is disrupted due to diet, medications, stress, or other medical conditions, pain or illness can result. The aim of acupuncture is to balance the energy, keep the normal flow of energy unblocked, and restore and maintain health to the body and mind.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes, acupuncture is extremely safe. The most common side-effect, which is highly uncommon, is minor bruising. No major side effects are caused by acupuncture. In addition, the needles used in acupuncture treatments are individually packaged, sterile and disposable.

Does it hurt?

To the relief of many, acupuncture is not painful. The needles are only inserted a few millimeters deep and are only about as thin as a human hair. The actual insertion is almost painless and in many cases, patients are not aware when the needles have been inserted. In other cases, one may experience some warmth or a slight tingling. Most patients fall asleep during treatment.

What can I expect on my first visit?

Your first visit will consist of an extensive and thorough medical evaluation, discussion regarding your diet and current lifestyle, diagnosis , and acupuncture treatment. The first session is about 2 hours in length.

Is there anything I need to do to prepare for my first visit?

Please call us with any questions or concerns you may have prior to your visit. Wear loose and comfortable clothing . Avoid treatment when excessively fatigued, hungry, full, or emotionally upset. Avoid any alcohol, drug or caffeine consumption 24 hours prior to your appointment. Please complete and bring any forms that were sent to you prior to your visit, if any, and also bring a list of any medications you are currently taking.

How many treatments will I need?

The amount and frequency of treatments will largely depend on the nature and severity of your complaint and on your body's natural healing process. After your initial evaluation, we will be able to provide you with a custom treatment plan for your specific needs.

Is there a specific day during my cycle that I should come for acupuncture treatments?

No, you can have acupuncture treatments any day of your cycle.

How much do the treatments cost, and do you take insurance?

Please call us for questions regarding fees and payment. We do accept some types of insurance. Most insurance providers do not cover acupuncture, however, you may want to contact them to verify.

Does Center for Reproductive Wellness only treat infertility?

No. At Center for Reproductive Wellness we also treat a variety of conditions.

Common conditions are:

•  Headaches and Migraines
•  Insomnia
•  Stress
•  Depression / anxiety
•  Poor digestion (constipation, nausea, gas)
•  Irritable Bowel Syndrome
•  PMS and menstrual problems
•  Pre/Post Menopausal
•  Endometriosis
•  Low energy / fatigue
•  Women's Health

If you are unsure whether acupuncture can help you, please click here or call us at 801-521-0531 and we will be able to answer any questions or concerns.



Salt Lake City Acupuncture - Center for Reproductive Wellness, Lisa Andrade

Center for Reproductive Wellness
Lisa M. Andrade, MSOM, Dipl.Ac., L.Ac.

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