Does it hurt and are the needles safe and clean?
With these fine needles, the most that is experienced is a mosquito-like sensation on the skin surface. After the needle has been placed, tingling or a comfortable warm sensation is experienced around the area. These are due to the production of endorphins released by needle insertion.The needles used are sterile and disposable. Universal health precautions are routinely followed and needles are not re-used.

What happens during an acupuncture treatment?
Before acupuncture is administered, the patient's pulse and tongue findings are recorded. There are 28 types of pulse qualities assessed, guiding the practitioner to determine which organ in the body is not functioning properly. Viewing the tongue's shape and coat identifies imbalances in the digestion and metabolism.

Once a diagnosis has been determined, hair-like, sterile, disposable, needles are inserted shallowly under the surface of the skin. Each point that is chosen makes up a finely balanced treatment that is designed to relieve symptoms and correct the underlying cause of illness or discomfort.

How many treatments are necessary?
Each patient is different from the next. Depending on your condition and what Loocie recommends, you may have an appointment once a week, biweekly or once a month until progress on your condition is made.

Does insurance cover my treatment?
While most insurance companies will offer a discount through participating practitioners, they will generally not cover the cost of treatment unless specified in a special rider on the policy.  The Center for Acupuncture is a Blue Cross and Tufts provider participant and offers a 20-25% discount at time of service. We also offer discounts for Harvard Pilgrim. Insurance plans are not accepted; personal injury claims are also not accepted. The Center also offers Senior discounts. Senior citizens must be at least 68 years old. Necessary paperwork will be provided to the patient for filing claims.

Are other services besides acupuncture available at the Center?
Besides acupuncture, Loocie will also recommend Chinese Herbal Therapy as needed to resolve the patient's complaint. Licensed Practitioners in Massage Therapy, Foot Reflexology, Shiatsu and Naturopathy are also available at the Center during the week and on weekends. Please call to inquire.