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How is private acupuncture different from community acupuncture?

As the name implies, private treatments take place in a private room rather than the community room which can accommodate up to seven people.  Private rooms have a table much like a massage table where patients can lie down, allowing access to points on the back and abdomen.  In difficult and chronic cases it can be useful to treat points on the front and back of the body; private sessions allow this whereas the community setting allows access only to the extremities. Private treatments also allow for the use of other modalities like cupping, moxibustion, and tuina.  We can make tables available for community sessions if necessary, so please don't let that be a factor in whether to come in.


Should I get private or community acupuncture?

Most conditions can be treated in either setting. We typically recommend private acupuncture for chronic and complicated cases, as well as those involving neck, back, or hip pain, as direct access to these areas tends to yield better results. Community is typically recommended for minor and acute conditions, as well as those involving pain in the extremities. If time is a factor, community acupuncture allows you to get in and out in less than an hour. Many conditions require several treatment sessions to resolve, community is designed to prevent this from being cost prohibitive. Bear in mind you are not locked into one type of treatment.  You are free to switch as your needs change. 

Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Some insurance plans cover acupuncture in Georgia. We do not bill insurance directly, however we can provide you with the necessary receipt to submit for reimbursement. 

How often will I need to come in for treatment?

Short answer: probably 8-10, and you should notice some significant improvement by your 3rd or 4th session. 

Long answer: The number of treatments required can vary greatly depending on the constitution of the the individual and severity of cases. With acute and severe conditions we typically recommend treatments once or twice a week until symptoms improve, then spacing out to every two to three weeks until symptoms have completely subsided. For overall health and preventive maintenance, we recommend treatments every one to four months depending on the constitution of the individual.

How long do the sessions take?

For your first appointment, please allow 90-120 minutes for a private treatment and 60-90 minutes for community. This ensures we have plenty of time for a thorough initial exam. Follow up treatments are typically 60-90 minutes for private treatments and 30-45 minutes for community. These are total visit times, once the needles are inserted they will usually stay in for 20-30 minutes.

What kind of training have the practitioners had?

Becoming an acupuncturist requires completion of a four year Masters Degree program at an accredited school for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. This includes comprehensive training in Traditional Chinese Medical Theory as well as Western Medical Pathology and an extensive clinical internship. Graduates must then pass exams administered by the National Certification Commision for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) to become nationally certified. Georgia acupuncturists are licensed by the Georgia Composite Medical Board. In order to maintain licensure and certification, acupuncturists must complete 60 hours of continuing education every four years.  For more information on our practitioners, click here.

Is there medicine on or in the needles?

No. We use only solid, sterile, single-use needles.

How does acupuncture work?

Eastern Explanation:

The Eastern Explanation for how Acupunctures works is that the life energy flowing through the body which is termed Qi (pronounced chee) can be influenced and balanced by stimulating specific points on the body. These points are located along channels of energy known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or is blocked.

Western Explanation:

Definition of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect.

Explanation of How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture points are areas of designated electrical sensitivity. Inserting needles at these points stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain.

The hypothalamus-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones. It is estimated that endorphins are 200 times more potent than morphine. Endorphins also play a big role in the functioning of the hormonal system. This is why acupuncture works well for back pain and arthritis and also for P.M.S. and infertility.

The substances released as a result of acupuncture not only relax the whole body, they regulate serotonin in the brain which plays a role in human and animal disposition. This is why depression is often treated with acupuncture.

Some of the physiological effects observed throughout the body include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief from pain, relief of muscle spasms and increased T-cell count which stimulates the immune system.

What can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is effective for a wide variety of ailments.  Please refer to our Acupuncture section under Services and scroll down for more information.

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5 Points Acupuncture
2027 S. Milledge Ave.
Athens, GA 30605
706-549-3176

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