2400 Rio Grande Blvd NW Suite E Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104 505242-2032
Things We Get Asked About Acupuncture
by Dr. Arlo Starr
Does it hurt?
Most of the time, no. You might feel a slight pinch as the needles are inserted, but if the pain continues after insertion, it is important to let the acupuncturist know so that the needles can be adjusted.
Do I have to leave the needles in?
Most of the time the needles stay in for 25-30 minutes, sometimes slightly less, sometimes slightly more.
Do I have to get undressed?
No. The area being worked on will need to be exposed, most of the time these points are below the knees and elbows, although sometimes the chest or back will need to be exposed. We always work to ensure that patients feel respected and modest.
How many treatments will I need?
As a general rule, one month of treatments is necessary for each year that the issue has been present. Different ailments and different bodies heal at different rates, but it is rare that someone leaves without feeling at least somewhat better.
Will the problem come back?
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine focus on putting the body back into balance, not just temporary solutions. It may take time for chronic issues, but the goal is complete resolution.
Will I look like Hellraiser/a porcupine?
No. Most of the time we use less than 10 needles for a treatment, although in some cases up to 30 needles may be used.
Do you inject substances at the needles?
No. Acupuncture works by affecting the body's energy at specific points along energy pathways. This energy shift is powerful enough to affect lasting change!
Do you accept insurance?
We do not currently accept any insurance. Instead we prefer to make our healthcare truly affordable. If you are struggling to make payments, please don't hesitate to discuss options with your practitioner.
Do you have a certificate or a degree to practice acupuncture?
All of our acupuncturists are licensed Doctors of Oriental Medicine who have gone through extensive medical training, and in the state of New Mexico are recognized as Primary Care Providers.
Will I bleed?
Sometimes a few drops of blood will come out when a needle is removed. This is usually a good thing as it means that stagnation is leaving the channel. Sometimes a few drops of blood are intentionally released from the channels to relieve pain, high fever, sore throat, etc.
Do you only use needles? No. Sometimes we use cups, magnets, lancets and moxibustion.
What can I expect during a treatment?
The doctor will ask a series of questions to determine your health history and Chinese medical diagnosis. They will also look at your tongue and feel your pulse. During this time they will formulate a treatment plan and then place the needles. The needles will remain in place for about 30 minutes and then be removed and the next appointment will be scheduled. More questions will be asked on the first appointment than on subsequent visits.
Will I feel out of it afterwards? Sometimes. It is important to eat at least a small meal before a treatment to help with possible lightheadedness after a treatment.
It hurts here, why are you putting the needles there?
There are many different systems of acupuncture, sometimes it might be the most effective to treat "mirror points" which may include treating left hand pain via the right foot.