What is Accupuncture?

Acupuncturists’ treat a disease by inserting thin needles into certain designated points in the body. Once the needle is properly placed, the patient may feel a tingling sensation.

Pain is rarely felt upon needle insertion. The needles are retained in the body from 10 to 45 minutes. During this time the patient may experience a feeling of relaxation and may even fall asleep. Sometimes the acupuncturist will use an electrical device to maintain constant stimulation.

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Does an Acupuncturist Need To BeLicensed? : :

It is very important when choosing an acupuncturist that you chose a qualified one that is licensed in your state. To qualify for licensure in California , a student must attend a California Board-approved school to receive training. Then, the student must graduate with at least a Masters level degree. Upon graduation, qualifying candidates must pass a comprehensive State Licensing exam.

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Is Acupuncture covered by insurance? : :

More and more insurance plans are now including acupuncture in their insurance policies. Some plans may only cover acupuncture if recommended by a physician. Acupuncture is covered under California ’s State Medi-cal and workers’ Compensation.

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What is The California Acupuncture Board? : :

The primary responsibility of the Acupuncture Board is to protect consumers from incompetent, unprofessional, and fraudulent practices. The board establishes standards for the approval of schools, tutorial programs and continuing education. It oversees the administration of licensing exams, issues licenses, and handles enforcement issues when complaints are received. For more information you can go to www.acupuncture.ca.gov.

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