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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient approach to health and wellness.  It pre-dates recorded history but began in Taoist philosophy over 8000 years ago.  At that time, philosophers observed nature and the balance of life, and noted how the different forces of nature ebb and flow.  It is through the balance that health and wellness are maintained. When things are out of balance or flow is blocked, illness occurs.  Acupuncture is one approach to bring influences that are out of balance, into balance.  More importantly, although acupuncture can help heal illness, a primary purpose is to prevent illness from ever starting.

What is Medical Acupunture?

Medical Acupuncture is acupuncture provided by a physician trained in western medicine.  Physicians who perform acupuncture have had additional training, beyond medical school and residency in their specialty, to learn acupuncture and other techniques.

What can acupuncture do for me?

The boundaries of what acupuncture can do are different for every person.  It is not miraculous, although many people can experience profound change.  It can be used to treat many different illnesses and conditions.  As with any medical treatment, some patients and illnesses respond to acupuncture better than others.  It is not necessary for someone to believe it will work for it to have an effect.  Many people who are highly skeptical still receive benefit, and acupuncture is practiced on animals who can’t “believe in it” but they still benefit.  What it can do for you depends on many factors and, as with anything, the energy that you put in will change what you will get out. Acupuncture can be one powerful piece of a complex puzzle that you can use on your way to improve your health, vitality, and wellness.

Depending on the conditions that are being treated, needles are inserted at different points on the body that don’t always make sense to us in the West, but are based on the principles of a flow of energy around and through the body.  This energy is called Qi (chee).  In eastern medicine this energy and its smooth circulation is essential to life and health.  To those of us in the West it may seem alien, but the practice of acupuncture and eastern medicine has been helping people for thousands of years.

Whether you are looking for help with a medical problem, hoping to improve your health, or just wanting to maintain it, acupuncture may be a good addition to help you achieve your goals.

Does it hurt?

An individual’s experience of the sensation of the needles is also very diverse.  In general, most people don’t find it to be uncomfortable, and many people actually fall asleep during the treatment.  Dr. Babe and his staff will do everything possible to make your experience a pleasent one.

Does insurance cover acupuncture? Do you bill insurance?

Yes many insurance companies do cover acupuncture.  Different insurance companies have different restrictions on what is covered and how much.  Call your insurance company, or give us a call and we will help you see if it is covered.

Yes, we do bill insurance.

Do you accept Medicare?

At the current time, Medicare does not cover acupuncture services.


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