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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What Can Acupuncture Treat?

The best way to know if acupuncture works is to try it yourself. Skeptics and non-believers are welcome to come in for a treatment. You don't have to believe in acupuncture or "woo-woo/new agey stuff" for it to be effective. Animals and children, without being given any explanations, often display relaxation responses after a few minutes of acupuncture. If you're VERY SKEPTICAL, bring all your reasons as to why acupuncture won't work to your session. 

Q: Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture is not supposed to hurt. Our motto is "No pain, no pain" If you feel something for more than half a second, let us know and we can adjust. Sometimes people think that something is supposed to hurt for it to be effective. That's not the case at all. Our Acupuncturist is highly trained and has a gentle hand. After thousands of hours of clinical expertise and working with babies, children and adults, we know how to perform healing treatments.  We stay right by your side to make sure you're comfy, until you're so relaxed that you might nap during your appointment. That's a good sign of progress at our clinic.

Q: What Can Acupuncture Treat? 

Acupuncture can be beneficial for people who are ill or healthy.  There are many reputable organizations that promote acupuncture. Here's the start of a good list. We recommend googling "acupuncture" and your ailment or trusted health news source.

  • World Health Organization and National Institute of Health
  • Major Insurance Companies have studied acupuncture research data enough to provide acupuncture coverage: Aetna, Cigna, BCBS, Oxford United Healthcare, etc
  • Major hospitals
  • Major colleges
  • Military & Veterans Affairs
  • Various news sources, popular magazines,  

The World Health Organization (WHO) and National Institute of Health (NIH) have documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Below are some common symptoms that acupuncture may address. Please feel free to call about your specific health condition.  

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Pain relief

  • Unexplained, unresolved pain 
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Jaw pain (TMJ), jaw clenching 
  • Arthritis
  • Sports injuries, work-related pain 
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Leg, ankle and foot pain
  • Arm, wrist and hand pain
  • Knee, hip, groin pain
  • Tennis/Golf Elbow
  • Sciatica
  • Tendonitis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Pre/Post-operative pain
  • Trauma: car accidents, falls, etc. 

Respiratory & Digestive issues 

  • Heartburn, Acid Reflux
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic indigestion 
  • Chronic constipation or loose stools
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Allergies 
  • Asthma 
  • and others 

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

  • Stress, anxiety, depression, panic, overthinking, worry, excessive guilt  
  • Mood swings, anger management, mania, racing mind  
  • Insomnia, restless sleep, frequent waking 
  • Bereavement, grief, loss 
  • Addiction recovery, substance abuse 
  • Eating disorders, emotional eating, binging, purging, laxative abuse, obsessive exercise, body dismorphic disorder 
  • and others 

Fertility Support 

  • Unexplained infertility
  • High FSH, low sperm motility, poor sperm morphology, etc. 
  • Increased efficacy of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • History of multiple miscarriages, abortions, stillbirth 
  • History of prenatal bed rest 
  • and others

Katherine Kim
Acupuncture Arts

212 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06880

(203) 451-9865
By appointment