Frequently Asked Questions

What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine that originated in China thousands of years ago. Acupuncture works with energy in the body to restore balance and wellness.

How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture works by accessing energy or qi (pronounced “chee”) in the meridians in the body with the use of thin needles gently inserted into the skin. When qi becomes blocked disharmony in the body can result. Disharmony can be caused by a variety of factors such as stress, poor diet, disease, etc.

Acupuncture uses the body’s own resources to promote and achieve healing in a safe and effective manner. Treatments build upon one another and therefore acupuncture is most effective with consistent treatments. Acupuncture is an effective modality to prevent as well as treat existing medical conditions on an emotional and physical level.

Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture is applied through sterile, hair thin needles in the skin. Most people experience no discomfort, and every effort is made to ensure each patient is comfortable and relaxed throughout the treatment.

How quickly will I notice relief from my symptoms?
A patient's response to acupuncture will depend on a variety of factors, but most individuals will notice a reduction in their symptoms within the first four to six treatments. Each person has a different response to acupuncture, however many patients begin to notice an improvement after the first treatment.

What can acupuncture treat?

Women's health care
Mental Health
Medical Diseases

What can I expect during my first treatment?
The first treatment is 90 minutes focused on an extensive review of the patient's primary concern and medical history. This information will inform the diagnosis and treatment plan which includes a discussion about how many treatments are necessary to meet the patient's health care goals.

Does Acupuncture Savvy accept insurance?
Yes. Teresa is an in-network provider for several insurance plans. Please check out the Patient Info page for specific information.

Where can I find more information about acupuncture?
Check out our blog for access to articles and discussions about acupuncture's therapeutic benefits.