Frequently Asked Questions
What is acupuncture?
What should I expect at my first session?
During the assessment, you may be asked about things that you might not think are connected to your chief complaint, such as your emotions, sleeping patterns, and eating habits. Chinese medicine considers the whole person, not just one isolated symptom. When put together, the myriad of symptoms and signs you are experiencing reveal patterns of disharmony. Although treatment will focus on your chief complaint, your whole being must be considered in order to develop the most appropriate course of treatment. Chinese medicine is unique in that it appreciates that illnesses may seem identical, but each person has their own pathology.
What happens during an acupuncture treatment?
Needles are typically retained for about 20-30 minutes. Soothing music will be played to help you relax during this time – many people even fall asleep during treatment! In addition to acupuncture, treatments may also include heat therapy (Moxabustion), herbal prescriptions, nutritional supplements, and diet and lifestyle advice.
What should I expect after treatment?
How many treatments will I need?
Are there any side effects to the treatment?
What are the needles like? Do they hurt?
Because I use disposable needles, there is no risk of infection from the treatments.
We also provide non-insertive acupuncture. This is suitable for everyone, but children, the elderly, and those with a fear of needles do particularly well with it.
Does acupuncture really work?
Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?
Are there any "Do's and Dont's" for me on the day of a treatment?
Do not eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after your treatment.
Do not over-exercise or consume alcoholic beverages within 6 hours before or after the treatment.
Is acupuncture covered by health insurance?
Which conditions do you treat?
Allergies and Respiratory Disorders: Seasonal Allergies, post nasal drip, food allergies, asthma, sinus conditions and bronchitis.
Weakness and Fatigue: Lack of energy, poor concentration, shortness of breath, impotence, and sleep disorders.
Sports Medicine: Sprains, chronic dislocation, muscle and joint strain, tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis.
Musculo-Skeletal: Numbness, muscle spasms, pinched nerves, gout.
Cardiovascular Disorders: Congestive heart disease, hypertension or hypotension, angina pectoris, poor circulation, phlebitis, palpitations, anemia.
Sleep Disorders: Insomnia, hypersomnia (oversleeping).
Infertility and Gynecology: For both male & female, poor egg quality/implantation or unknown cause, miscarriage, PMS, irregular or painful periods, amenorrhea, endometriosis, premature menopause, menopausal symptoms, hormonal imbalance, PCOS, uterine lining issues, and Low sperm count/activity,
Emotional Disorders: Bad temper, worry, indecisiveness, depression, grief, shock, fears and phobias, stress, anxiety.
Gastrointestinal: Ulcer, gastritis, enteritis, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, malabsorption syndrome, poor digestion, acid reflux (GERD) and crohns.
Neurological: Nerve issues, dizziness, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, and movement disorders.
Skin: Eczema, psoriasis, acne, other skin disorders.
Urogenital: Cystitis, prostatitis, nocturia (urinating at night), sexual dysfunction, kidney disease.
Eating Disorders: Weight problems, bulimia, anorexia.
Substance Abuse: Nicotine, drugs, and alcohol.
Other Disorders: If your particular problem is not listed, no matter how serious or unusual, please call and ask for more information. We often can help where conventional treatments fail.
If your particular problem is not listed, no matter how serious or unusual, please call and ask for more information. We often can help where conventional treatments fail.
By appointment only
Enjoy Life Acupuncture
Ellen Leifman, MS, MAOM
Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist
31 Hayward Street, Suite C-2
Franklin, MA 02038