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Frequently Asked Questions
Does insurance cover acupuncture?
What are the needles like?
Does it hurt?
What happens during a session?
Do I have to believe in Acupuncture for it to work?
Do you use herbs?
Can I take Chinese herbs when I am on medication?
How quickly can I expect to feel better?
How often should I be treated?
Does acupuncture always help?
What should I wear for the treatment?
How should I prepare for my treatment?


Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Many insurance plans do cover acupuncture.  Some common questions to ask when inquiring about your acupuncture coverage:

1.  How many treatments do I get?
2.  Does this number include any other therapies, i.e. chiropractic, naturopathic?
3.  What is my deductible?
4.  How much does the insurance company actually pay?
5.  What is my co-pay?


Jana is a preferred provider for many insurance companies.

Health Savings Accounts are also a great way to use your pre-tax dollars wisely while meeting your health and wellness goals.

What are the needles like?
Only sterile, disposable needles are used so there is no risk of infection. We use a needle once, then, dispose of it.

Acupuncture needles are small and hair-thin. They are solid, not hollow like needles used by doctors. The end of an acupuncture needle is smooth and rounded. Acupuncture needles are not designed to cut the skin. Instead, when an acupuncture needle is inserted, the round edge pushes the tissue aside without cutting it. Acupuncture needles are so thin it's as if they can glide through the spaces between the individual cells of the body.

Does it hurt?
People experience needling differently. There are different styles of needling, but I use a gentle needling technique. Acupuncture needles I insert are rarely described as painful, and can be quickly adjusted if the patient does feel any discomfort. If any sensation is experienced during insertion, it is often compared to a mosquito bite and disappears very quickly. Once the needles are inserted, they may be manipulated to obtain a mild "Qi" sensation. This is how an acupuncturist engages the energy in your body in order to help balance it. Often people describe their sensations as warming, heavy, numb or tingling. I ensure that my clients are very comfortable so that they can relax while the needles are in place.

What happens during an acupuncture treatment?
After a thorough intake has been completed, you will lay down on the massage table and the gentle insertion of needles will be placed at certain points on the body. You will then be left to rest with the needles for a minimum of 20-30 minutes with periodic check-ins to ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed. Leaving you alone allows for the needles to do their work, and for you to feel relaxed. Most people fall into a deep place of relaxation ("aculand") or even fall asleep. After your time is completed with the acupuncture, that may be all that is needed, or more treatment, such as cupping or tuina, may be integrated, depending on your symptoms.

Do I have to believe in it for it to work?
No. Acupuncture works whether or not you think it will. Acupuncture is even used successfully on animals and children. They do not understand or believe in the process yet they get better anyway. A positive attitude helps with any type of therapy but it is not necessary to believe in acupuncture (or to feel it working) for it to work.

Do you use herbs?
Yes, although my primary training is as an acupuncturist, I have also been trained in herbal medicine, and sometimes use herbal formulas to support the acupuncture treatment.

Can I take Chinese herbs when I am on medication?
It depends on the medications you are taking. This would have to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. It is always a good idea to check with your primary care physician before before taking any herbs or supplements.

How quickly can I expect to feel better?
Please go to
Treatment Plan Page.

How often should I be treated?
Please go to
"The Cumulative Effects' Page

Does acupuncture always help?
No, but it usually does. If you do not feel any benefit after 7-8 treatments, then acupuncture may not work for you.

What should I wear for the treatment?
Just wear loose fitting comfortable clothing. Gowns are provided if an inaccessible area needs to be treated.

Jana Moore Capristo, LAc, MSAOM, RYT-200
Moore Acupuncture @ Commonhealth Pearl
1411 NW Raleigh Street
Portland, OR 97209

503 267 7470

jana@mooreacupuncture.com
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