What's the big idea about acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the new black. Or the new iPad. Except it's here to stay. 

Acupuncture is an effective treatment method that can be used as preventative medicine as well as in conjunction with conventional medicine. Insurance companies are increasingly offering coverage for it. The military is now using it for soldiers on the battlefield as well as for veterans returning home. Medical practices all over the country are incorporating it into their treatment plans. Now it's your turn to try it.

What is it exactly? 
Acupuncture is a system of medicine that uses specific points on the body to activate the body's own healing mechanisms. Sometimes the points are needled and sometimes the points are pressed into with fingertips. Acupuncture is over 3,000 years old. Think about that...it's older than America, older than Jesus, older than the Great Wall of China. What else has lasted that long? 

What is it used for? 
Anything. It's sort of like apps....there's a point for that. Headaches, pain, IBS, broken bones, bee stings, infertility, hot flashes, wrinkles, scars, sunburn, nausea, addiction, hangovers, and anything you see on WebMD. My specialty is treating stress. You can be sick as a dog to get acupuncture, or not sick at all. 
It's the ultimate 100%allnaturalorganicgrassfedkoshervegancleanfeelgood medicine since there are no side effects and no interactions with medications.
The National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine provides more information about its uses as well as research about it.

Does it hurt? 
Does exercising hurt? Sometimes a little, I won't lie. Needles feel like either nothing at all, a quick pinch, or a brief ache. Not like getting your blood drawn though. And nothing like a tattoo. No need to be a pansie... I'm a girl and I weigh about a buck, so if I can handle it, so can you.

Is it covered by insurance? 
You'll want to check with your insurance provider and your specific insurance plan to see what it covers. Some providers and plans will cover a certain number of visits per year. Some cover a % of the cost of your visit. Some prefer you receive acupuncture from an MD. Check with your plan, then check with your acupuncturist to see if they will file your insurance claim for you or if they'll give you an itemized receipt so that you can file it. See more tips from my blog about this topic.