Acupuncture – Questions and Benefits

acupuncture in Chapel Hill Durham NC

Dr. Oskardmay has helped patients with Acupuncture in Chapel Hill and Durham, NC for over 23 years.

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Acupuncture Benefits

Acupuncture has been shown to effectively help patients suffering from pain and other symptoms. It is an effective treatment option for many conditions and doesn’t have negative side-effects such as surgery or medicines may impose. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture to be an effective treatment for many conditions, including low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, knee pain, peri-arthritis of the shoulder, sprains, facial pain, TMJ, headache, dental pain, acute and chronic gastritis, rheumatoid arthritis, induction of labor, breech birth presentation, morning sickness, nausea and vomiting, postoperative pain, some hypertension, renal colic, radiation/chemo reactions, allergic rhinitis, hay fever, biliary colic, depression, dysmenorrhea, acute epigastralgia, peptic ulcers. Read more.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does acupuncture work? Acupuncture improves mental clarity and reduces pain by the insertion of very fine needles into specific meridian body points to improve the flow of life-force healing chi or energy through meridian pathways. Similar to the flow of blood, nerve energy or lymph in the body, qi energy moves in channels; when blockage or stagnation occurs in these channels, dis-ease results. Your acupuncturist knows where to place these points based on careful examination and your health history.

How long does a treatment take? Although your initial visit will be a bit longer, the average treatment time is about 45 minutes, which allows for personalization of each treatment and includes acupuncture with some massage and relaxation. Massage, tuina and gua sha may be performed during the treatment session to relax muscles and stimulate a healing environment. If a chiropractic adjustment is required, plan on appointment times lasting a bit longer.

Is acupuncture painful? Acupuncture uses very fine needles and shouldn’t hurt. The environment where your treatment occurs is enhanced to provide the utmost comfort to enhance this experience and reduce the possibility of pain. Dr. Oskardmay will describe what to expect in office- ample time is available to ask questions. Acupuncture is a safe therapy and it is not painful nor dangerous. Read more.

Is Acupuncture covered by Insurance?

Acupuncture is not an expensive therapy, but you may need to come in for a series of visits to achieve healthcare goals which can add up.  Insurance plans increasingly cover the cost of Acupuncture care received at Acupractic Natural Healing Center, and we strive to help you make the most of your insurance benefits. We keep our prices affordable, too, so you can receive the care you need. To learn more about keeping Acupuncture in Chapel Hill care affordable, call our helpful front desk staff to get your questions answered or to schedule an appointment today. Please note that we accept the BCBSNC (Blue Cross Blue Shield) UNC Student Plan for Acupuncture Services as well as United Healthcare, BCBS Federal Plan, Anthem BCBS, TriWest, and other plans. We accept all forms of HSAs (health savings accounts) and Federal Savings Accounts as well and can submit billing on your behalf for plans with which we do not yet participate.

Your Acupuncturist

It is important that your acupuncturist is licensed in order to provide you the care you deserve. Dr. Lisa Oskardmay is NC State Licensed in Acupuncture (NC 591) and Nationally Board Certified in Acupuncture, accredited by the NCCAOM. She graduated from the 4-year master’s program at Jung Tao School of Classical medicine and has provided acupuncture care to Triangle residents since 1995. Dr. Oskardmay accepts referrals from other healthcare professionals and enjoys helping get well and feel well using acupuncture and other alternative medical practices. Call our office today to schedule an appointment!