Frequently Asked Questions

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the skin, with or without electrostimulation.


How does acupuncture work?

Traditional Chinese Medicine views the body as an intricate system of organs connected by pathways known as meridians. Good health depends on the smooth flow of energy, or Qi (pronounced "chee"), through these meridians. When the flow of Qi is blocked or disrupted, pain and illness are the result.


Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of Qi by inserting fine, hair-like needles at specific points along the meridians. As the flow of Qi returns to normal, health and well-being are gradually restored.



  • You have knee pain. Think of your knee pain like a traffic accident. The needles are like the tow truck that comes along and picks up the debris to restore the smooth flow of traffic or Qi.
  • Think of a meridian like a river. When healthy, its flow is strong and clear. The river flow can be impeded by rocks and debris, making the flow stagnant. The same happens in the body with stagnation causing pain or other imbalances. The stagnation causes excesses, but somewhere, the water or energy (Qi) is not flowing, causing deficiency. Acupuncture is like using the shovel in the river to make a better flow and reshape the flow of energy.


How does western medicine explain acupuncture?

Placing needles into acupuncture points has been shown to trigger the release of neurotransmitters – chemicals that carry messages in the nervous system – and to stimulate nerve pathways important to pain control and health. These chemicals are cortisol, endorphin, serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine.


Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are ultra-thin and flexible, thereby permitting nearly painless insertion. Most patients experience a slight tingling sensation. Patients find the treatments relaxing. In fact, many patients fall asleep.


Are the needles sterile?

We use only new, sterile, disposable needles. 


How many needles are inserted?

Each treatment is designed around the patient’s diagnosis. Most treatments use 4 to 15 needles.


What happens during an acupuncture session?

At the first appointment, the patient will fill out a history of past and present medical conditions, including medications, surgeries, and lifestyle. Deidre will spend 20-30 minutes with the patient, making a diagnosis and listening to the patient's chief complaint. An acupuncture treatment will follow. Acupuncture usually involves a series of weekly or biweekly treatments in the office. It’s common to have 4 to 12 treatments in total. Each visit includes an exam and an assessment of your current condition, the insertion of needles, and a discussion of self-care tips. Before the needles are placed, you will lie down on a comfortable surface. Depending on where the needles are to go, you will lie on your back or side. 


How long are the needles retained?

The needles are retained for approximately 30 minutes. Patients have described the sessions as pleasant and relaxing.


Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Some insurance companies cover a portion of the services. Deidre does not take insurance.  She will provide you with a superbill so you can get reimbursed. Medicare does not cover acupuncture.  Usually, the secondary does not cover anything Medicare does not cover 


"I have been using Deidre’s services for several years off and on as needed for arthritis in my wrists and low back. I find her to be very caring. She is treating my husband now for his back. I would recommend her very highly."


– Maxine, La Quinta


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