Commonly Asked Questions About Acupuncture

Is acupuncture safe?

Extremely safe, if practiced by an accredited practitioner such as Dr. Lambert. Needles are sterile and used only once.

Will it hurt?

Acupuncture needles are much finer than those used for injections and so rarely hurt. They are also used only at a superficial depth. Some people say they don’t feel it at all, and often fall asleep during treatment.

Are there side effects?

Side effects are rare. Most side effects are minor and may include occasional dizziness, usually after the first treatment, and slight bleeding after the needles are withdrawn.

Where will I get the acupuncture needles?

That will depend on your individual condition and what meridian point on the body will need to be treated. Patients are normally treated lying down on their back or on their stomach.

Does acupuncture just treat sore backs?

No, acupuncture can be beneficial to all body systems including respiration, digestion, circulation and the immune system.

How many treatments will I need?

Each patient is different depending upon their case. Often noticeable improvement is made within 3–4 weeks of the first treatment. Dr. Lambert will help you decide whether adequate progress has been made with your condition or if further sessions would be beneficial, and if follow-ups after several weeks would help maintain the improved condition.

How should I prepare for a session?

Come to the center wearing loose comfortable clothing. Do not come overly hungry, or overly full.

Does acupuncture interfere with medication?

No. And, depending on your condition, you may find you do not need to continue with certain medication.

How will I feel after a treatment?

Everyone responds differently. Some are very relaxed or drowsy, while others are energized. Returning to normal activity afterwards should not be a problem. Any feelings out of the ordinary should be brought up to Dr. Lambert.

Is acupuncture covered by health insurance?

Some companies do cover it. You are advised to contact your particular insurance carrier, or Dr. Lambert’s assistant would be happy to verify coverage for you.