Zaley Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions


Is acupuncture safe?

Yes. Acupuncturists use needles that are sterile and disposable. They are used once and then disposed of in biohazard containers.

Is acupuncture painful?

For most people receiving treatment is quite relaxing. Most patients have stated that there is little or no pain as very fine, sterile, disposable needles are used. Treatments are available without the use of needles using other treatment modalities such as acupressure, cupping and massage.

How many treatments will I need?

How often you will need treatment, will depend upon your individual needs, type of condition, its severity, how long you have had it, and how your body responds to the treatments. For average conditions, I recommend one treatment at least once a week preferably at least three to six consecutive weeks. Most conditions show significant improvement within three to twelve sessions.


As a new patient, what should I bring?

A list of pertinent medical records, medication lists and supplement information. Also, to save time at your initial consultation, please print, fill out and bring your Health History Questionnaire.

What should I wear?

Loose comfortable clothing is recommended. You might want to bring a tank top and shorts to allow the acupuncturist easy access to the body. Most of the points needled are on the torso and limbs, below the elbows and knees. Exceptions are for pain, where local points will be used in the affected area, such as the shoulder.

Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

Some insurance companies will reimburse for acupuncture treatments. Consult your insurance provider to determine the terms of coverage of your policy. If your policy includes acupuncture benefits, we will provide you with an insurance coded receipt that you may submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Many patients will also opt to use their flexible spending accounts (FSA) to cover the cost of acupuncture.


What can acupuncture treat?


Digestive Disorders

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Ulcerative Colitis, Constipation, Gastritis, Diverticulitis and Abdominal Pain




Back, Neck, Shoulder, Knee Pain, Fibromyalgia, Hip Pain and Sciatica, Sports Injuries, Sport Performance Support and Surgery Rehabilitation Arthritis



Psychological Conditions

Anxiety, Depression, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, Stress Management and Insomnia



Other Conditions

Headaches, Migraines, Asthma, ENT Conditions, Autoimmune Conditions, Allergies, Common Colds, Immune Support, Sleep Disorders and Skin Conditions



Women’s Health Conditions

Menstrual Irregularities, Hormone Regulation, Fertility, IVF/IUI Support, Menopause, Hot Flashes, Vaginal Dryness, Endometriosis, Fibroids, Fibromyalgia, PCOS, Morning Sickness and Breech Presentation