Frequently Asked Questions

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Does insurance cover acupuncture?

I am an in-network provider with Berkshire Fallon Health Collaborative, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Cigna, and Tufts Health.  Call your insurance company to see if your plan includes acupuncture, and feel free to ask me any questions you might have.

How much does acupuncture treatment cost?

The regular out-of-pocket fee is $75 for each acupuncture session.  Sliding scale payment is possible in case of financial need.

How many sessions will I need?

I recommend you start with four sessions to see how you are responding to acupuncture, as the treatments are cumulative in nature.  After that, we can assess how you would like to continue.  Treatment is often spaced out to bi-weekly, monthly, or seasonal appointments.  Acupuncture is best used to maintain well-being, not only for acute situations.  Preventative medicine is the best medicine!

What does it feel like? Does it hurt?

While there is some sensation from the needles, most people are surprised at how little it is.  The needles are extremely small; about the thickness of a few hairs.  Sensation is often felt as a slight tingling, a dull ache, a momentary movement of energy, or sometimes nothing at all.  Clients often find that the acupuncture points stimulate a feeling of deeper relaxation, which continues throughout the treatment.

Is it safe to have acupuncture if I am taking medications?

Yes.  Acupuncture actually helps your body to function optimally and is not contraindicated when you are taking medication.  It is helpful for me to know what you are taking and for what medical conditions.