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Frequently Asked Questions

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the practice of using single-use, sterile, hair-thin needles that get inserted into select points on the body.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system aka our rest and digest state.  This then releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain to stimulate healing. It helps balance out the sympathetic nervous system which is our fight or flight state that so many people are constantly in.

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a system of medicine that has been around for 2,000+ years.  It utilizes modalities such as acupuncture, herbal therapy, cupping, food therapy, gua sha, tui na, and electro-acupuncture.

What can acupuncture help with?

  • Musculoskeletal injuries

  • Digestion

  • Sleep health

  • Muscle tightness

  • Fatigue

  • Mental health

  • Pain

  • Fertility

  • Menopause (hot flashes, night sweats, etc)

  • Hormonal balance

  • Long-COVID

  • Migraines/headaches

  • Arthritis/joint pain

  • Carpal tunnel

  • Immune system

  • And much more!

Does it hurt?

It depends!  Everyone responds differently.  Some desribe a mosquito bite sensation when the needles go in, others say they don't feel anything.  It depends on the part of the body that is being needled and the constitution of each individual person.  Typically when the needles are in,  you may feel a dull, heavy, achy sensation which is referred to as "de qi" and is one of the sensations that we are aiming to get as that can indicate "the arrival of qi"! There should not be pain after the needles are in.

Where are you located?

Dr. Kailee Acupuncture is located within Performance Running Gym in St. Louis Park, MN.  You do *not* need to be a member of Performance Running Gym to receive services from Dr. Kailee.

How often should I get acupuncture treatments?

The great thing about acupuncture is that each treatment plan is customized to each individual person meaning that the frequency of appointments will vary from person to person.  For more acute conditions, 2x/week for up to 3 weeks may be recommended, proceeded by 1x/week, and then likely getting on a maintenance schedule of 1 time every 2-4 weeks.  Your practitioner will discuss an individualized treatment plan with you during your appointment.

Do I need a *reason* to get treatments?

Not necessarily!  If you are interested in just trying out the medicine or for general health and wellness purposes, that's great!  More than likely, there will be something acupuncture can address for you such as improving your sleep, allergies, digestion, mental health and wellbeing, and more.  If you don't have anything specific you're looking for, treatments can be a great way to prevent potential future ailments and are just a very beneficial way to keep the nervous system in balance.

What is your cancellation policy?

Appointments canceled within 24 hours of the start of the appointment time will be subject to a cancellation fee equal to 50% of their appointment cost.  No-shows will be subject to a fee equal to 100% of the appointment cost.  Exceptions may be made in the case of family emergencies and weather-related emergencies.

Do you accept insurance?

We do not bill insurance at this time.  However, we do accept HSA, FSA, and HRA plans for acupuncture.

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