FAQs

faqquad What types of conditions can Acupuncture treat?
Does it hurt?
How many treatments will I need?
How long will each treatment last?
Are the needles sterile/disposable?
Is acupuncture safe for children?
What types of payment do you take?
Does insurance cover acupuncture?
I want to begin treatment, what should I do next?

 

What types of conditions can Acupuncture treat?
The World Health Organization lists over 40 conditions that Acupuncture has proven to be effective for. Clinically, Acupuncture has been shown to treat many more conditions. This is not an exhaustive list and if you have any questions whether Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine may be able to help you please call us at 651-207-3019 for a free 15 minute consultation about your specific condition.

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Does it hurt?
There is sensation with acupuncture but it is nothing like getting a vaccine or getting blood drawn. A lot of patients feel hardly anything because the needles are very fine. You may feel a slight sensation like a tiny mosquito bite only when they are first inserted. Patients feel very relaxed after the needles are inserted and most of our clients are able to have a nice nap during their treatment.

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How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments needed and the frequency of treatments depends upon each individual situation. Generally speaking, acute conditions respond more quickly than chronic conditions but this can vary with each person’s condition. Even if, in chronic conditions, the patient needs a slightly longer treatment time, Traditional Chinese Medicine does treat chronic conditions much better than Western Medicine without the side effects that western drugs seem to have.

In many instances, at least 2 treatments a week for the first 3 weeks are recommended to assess the client’s response. Some patients respond well after just one treatment, while others may take longer to see the utmost benefit.  In some cases we will recommend herbs along with the Acupuncture and occasionally we will recommend Herbal Medicine only.

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How long will each treatment last?
For your first visit plan to spend about 1 and ½ hours. Follow up visits generally last about 1 hour. During each visit we first spend time talking with you about your condition and then after placing the needles, we let you relax for about 20-30 minutes.

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Are the needles sterile/disposable?
Merriam Park Acupuncture only uses needles that are manufactured and packaged in sterile packaging. We only use disposable needles.

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Is acupuncture safe for children?
Acupuncture can be very beneficial for children and children typically respond much quicker than adults. They have what Acupuncturists refer to as more Yang Qi. which means they have more transformative energy in their body. Some of the conditions we have treated children for are bed wetting, constipation and digestive complaints. Younger children below the age of about 4 years old do not typically get acupuncture but are treated with Acupressure and Tuina. Babies especially love Tuina and the parents are shown simple techniques to use at home.

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What types of payment do you take?
At Merriam Park Acupuncture we take cash, check, credit card and can take all health benefit cards.

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Does insurance cover acupuncture?
We are proud to be In Network providers for Health Partners, BCBS, Medica, United Health Care, Preferred One, Cigna, MN Care, Medicaid and Medicare Advantage Plans.  We also take Auto Insurance and can work with Work Comp claims. Please be sure to call ahead to let us help you verify your benefit information before your first visit.

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I want to begin treatment, what should I do next?
Simply give us a call at 651-207-3019 and we’ll answer any further questions you have and get you an appointment so you can be on your way to becoming healthier and happier!

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