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    Is It Safe?

    Yes. When acupuncture is done with disposable needles under clean, sterile conditions, and by a qualified practitioner, complications are very unlikely.

    What Are the Advantages of It?

    It’s a drug-free way to ease pain. You can’t get addicted to it. And the acupuncturist can immediately see how you respond and make any changes as needed.

    Does the Medical Establishment Approve of It?

    Yes. There are about 28,000 licensed acupuncturists in the U.S. Also, the World Health Organization recognizes about 30 medical problems, ranging from allergies to pain, that can be helped by acupuncture treatment. The FDA also sees acupuncture needles as medical devices.

    Will My Health Insurance Policy Cover It?

    Some insurance companies will pay for this treatment. So check with your plan.

    How Often Should I Get Acupuncture?

    It depends on your condition and how well it works for you. Because it may take several sessions before you feel a benefit, plan to go at least 5-10 times.

    Are There Any Restrictions on What I Can Do After a Treatment?

    You’ll probably feel really relaxed, because acupuncture can be very calming. So you might want to have someone who can take you home. If you feel great after your session, you still need to pace yourself so you don’t try to do too much, too soon. You should keep taking any medicines your doctor prescribed, too.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on April 22, 2015
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