Frequently Asked Questions

The guiding premise of all of our services is respect for the positive life force in all beings within which there exists the potential for growth and renewal.


Q: Does acupuncture hurt?
Not at all. Acupuncture is not painful. You may feel a sensation when the needles are in but you should not feel pain. One might feel heaviness, distention, tingling, warmth, or a sensation of movement along the acupuncture channel. Most people feel very relaxed during the treatment and energized after.

Q: Where do you put the needles?
Acupuncture needles are inserted in points located around the body. Usually points are located on "channels" or "meridians" flowing through the body carrying energy, blood and nourishment. Inserted at these points, needles adjust the flow to help the body rebalance and become healthier.

Q: How many needles will I get?
Acupuncturists typically choose between 6-18 points for a treatment depending on the presenting problem.

Q: Are the needles clean?
Acupuncture needles are single-use, disposable, sterilized, metallic, solid, and hair-thin. After each treatment, all needles are disposed of.

Q: What is acupuncture good for?
Acupuncture can provide relief and healing for many kinds of conditions and diseases — from back pain and other injuries to digestive and autoimmune disorders. See the Services page for descriptions of some common ailments we treat. View a complete list at's Conditions A-Z.

Q: How soon can I expect to see results?
Some patients feel an immediate reduction in their symptoms, for others it may take a few treatments. If you are not seeing results after 5 treatments, we will refer you to another practitioner or a different type of medicine that may serve you better.

Q: How many times do I have to visit?
Acute disorders respond quickly to acupuncture, so 2-3 visits over two weeks may be all that is needed. For chronic diseases that need a longer course of treatment, one visit per week for 3-6 months may be required. Usually after six treatments we will know whether or not acupuncture is working for your condition.

Q: Will insurance cover this?
Insurance companies in the Midwest are increasingly covering acupuncture. If your insurance company does cover treatment, I would be happy to provide you with the necessary paperwork to get reimbursed.

Chinese Herbs

Q: How can Chinese herbs help me?
Taking herbs daily increases the duration and depth of effectiveness of an acupuncture session. They represent a time-honored tradition of gently altering a patient’s condition to correct long standing diseases and disharmonies. They work to restore balance at the deepest levels. Herbal formulas may be prescribed as teapills, granules, or teas.

Q: Do herbs taste terrible?
Traditional boiled herbs can have a very strong smell and taste, but our granule pharmacy provides patients a safe, convenient and much better tasting option. Many formulas contain ginger, cinnamon, cloves or mint. Most patients actually enjoy taking their herbs, especially because of the feeling of wellness they bring about.

Q: Are herbs safe? What if I am taking other medication?
Carrie trained in the safe use of herbal medicines both alone and in the presence of biomedical drugs. Her integrative training includes a Master’s of Science degree, with extensive training in pharmacology, physiology, and biochemistry, as well as traditional uses and modern understandings of our traditional pharmacopia. She participates in continuing education events and reading to maintain an up-to-the-moment perspective on these ancient and time-tested therapies.


Q: What is moxa?
Moxibustion is a traditional treatment commonly used by acupuncturists to treat arthritis, numbness, infertility, indigestion and other illnesses thought to be caused by prolonged exposure to cold. It consists of burning the leaves of the herb Artemesia, commonly called moxa or mugwort, near to or on the patient’s body.

Q: Will moxa burn my skin?
No. Carrie typically uses they type of moxa which does not come into direct contact with the skin. When direct moxa is indicated, she protects your skin with an herbal balm to allow the healing effects of moxa to penetrate in a safe, gentle way. Patients experience it as a very pleasant warming sensation.

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