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Content medically reviewed by: Jake Swette, LAc
Enjoy the mental and physical benefits of acupuncture at Essentia Health. Count on experienced, licensed acupuncturists to help reduce your pain, improve mobility, and treat certain diseases.
Acupuncture is the main physical medicine component of Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM). It involves gently poking your skin at specific locations on your body with wire-thin needles. It is a treatment that places importance on the connection between mind, body, and spirit. The practice goes back several thousand years and was created in China. Now, it is a practice that integrates traditional medicine with science.
Licensed Acupuncturists have specialized training in needling therapies. They are nationally certified in TEAM and Biomedicine, and they are licensed by their state medical board.
Acupuncture is often used to reduce pain, improve mobility, and treat certain diseases. It also helps women’s health issues, such as hormonal issues, migraines, anxiety, and sleep problems.
Here are ways to make sure you have the best acupuncture experience:
During your first visit, your Acupuncturist will:
For two hours after acupuncture, do not:
After your treatment, you may notice that you somehow feel different in your body. You may experience mild soreness where the needles were placed. You may have mild dizziness for several minutes after treatment.
Less common side effects include:
Be sure to communicate any effects that you may experience with your licensed acupuncturist, so they may modify treatment to accommodate your needs.
Many insurance plans cover the expense of acupuncture treatment. Before scheduling your first visit, be sure to check with your insurance company to make sure you have coverage and to find out if you have a copay.
You’ll need a referral from your primary care provider or a specialist for this service.