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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are acupuncture needles painful?
Is Eastern medicine safe?
Does it work?
Will my insurance cover it?
What problems do you treat?
How does Eastern Medicine treat so many different problems?
What massage styles do you offer?
What background do practitioners have?
What will my treatment experience be like?
I have a question that is not covered here.

Are acupuncture needles painful?

No. The needles used in acupuncture are extremely thin, some as thin as a strand of hair. They are one-tenth the width of hypodermic needles used at doctor’s offices. First-time patients often describe a tingling sensation, but are pleasantly surprised at how relaxing the overall experience is.

Is Eastern medicine safe?

The U.S. government requires all acupuncturists to follow strict sterilization requirements. Nabacu only uses disposable, FDA-approved needles, which are sterilized by the manufacturer and discarded after one use.

Does it work?

There is a large and growing body of medical research indicating that it is highly effective. For detailed studies relating to specific conditions, please see our list of articles on acupuncture research.

Will my insurance cover it?

Your health insurance plan may cover acupuncture. We can bill directly to the following companies:

  • Aetna (out of network)
  • Carefirst BlueCross BlueShield (in network)
  • Cigna (in network)
  • Kaiser Permanente (in network)
  • UnitedHealthcare (in network)

For all other insurance plans, we can provide you with an invoice that you can submit to your insurance company. If you are not sure about your coverage, we will be happy to call your insurance company and ask for you.

If you are insured by Aetna, Cigna, or Kaiser and you are not covered for acupuncture, then you are eligible for a 25% discount on our acupuncture services through our participation in a discount program with American Specialty Health.

What problems do you treat?

The most common problems that we treat are pain (back pain, neck pain, arthritis, injuries, etc.) and general wellness issues (including stress, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, hypertension, digestive problems). We also have special programs to help you quit smoking, lose weight, and achieve fertility.

How does Eastern Medicine treat so many different problems?

We really don’t! The Eastern medicine method of treatment is to find the underlying diagnosis that links all your symptoms — for example, your insomnia, indigestion, and headaches may all have a common cause. By treating this underlying problem, we can alleviate a seemingly unrelated variety of symptoms.

What massage styles do you offer?

Our massages are “goal-oriented” and designed for your specific health concern, whether that is a pulled muscle or stress & anxiety. No two massages are identical, and the massages that you receive may also change over the course of your treatment as your condition improves.

What background do practitioners have?

All our practitioners have graduated from three or four year programs with a M.S. in Acupuncture, passed a state licensing exam, and obtained at least three years of experience. They also participate in Nabacu’s own extensive training and continuing education programs.

What will my treatment experience be like?

On your first visit, you will have a consultation with the Clinic Director. She will create a customized treatment plan for you with specific acupoints for your body and condition. You will then lie down and acupuncture needles will be gently inserted into these acupoints. After allowing you to rest for about half an hour, your acupuncturist will return to remove the needles. The feelings post-treatment are similar to those after exercising; you are likely to feel refreshed and calm. Be sure to rest and drink plenty of water after your acupuncture treatment.

I have a question that is not covered here.

Please email us at info@nabacu.com, or call (301) 637-0186. We will be happy to help.


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