Frequently Asked Questions

How is Practical Acupuncture & Apothecary LLC different from other clinics?

Sarah has taken special interest in the treatment of neuropathy patients and is a specialist in the care and treatment of all stages of life and development.


With a full apothecary (herbal pharmacy) at hand, most patients can leave with their herbal prescription in hand the same day.  This is very important for those patients dealing with acute conditions such as pain, trauama, or colds.

Does acupuncture hurt?

The short answer is yes and no.  Most points are comfortable or not felt at all.  Some points are more tender than others.  We believe that short term discomfort now, is worth long term comfort, just as exercise can make muscles ache but ultimately stronger.

Who can benefit from our treatments?

The short answer is everyone and we mean everyone.

Some examples are

- New borns just beginning to learn to eat, when to sleep and recovering from birth and with so many treatment modalities needles are not needed.

- Infants and toddlers with GERD, difficulty eating/sleeping, frequent spitting up, slow development.

- Children and Teens including everything from attention deficits to acne and anxiety.

-Adults including hot flashes, night sweats, prostatits, insomnia, allergies, anger, anxiety and so much more.

-End of life care and the care of chronic illness.

What insurances do you accept?

Unfortunately we do not accept insurance as we find that the paperwork involved takes away from our focus which is great patient care, every time.

What's the difference between acupuncture and dry-needling?

Dry-needling is a form of acupuncture adopted by some physical therapists and chiropractors.  Dry-needling uses the same needles and locations as acupuncture however the needles should be manipulated in painful ways.

Acupuncture and dry needling are both safest when utilized by those who have been trained properly in the use of filiform needles.  Unfortunately most physical therapists are only required to take 12-27 hours (one weekend) of unaccredited schooling in order to be allowed to perform dry needling, and there is no standardized testing to confirm that the therapist is needling safely. Physical therapists are more likely to cause pneumothorax (lung puncture) than acupuncturists due to this lack of education requirements.

Acupuncturists on the other hand are required to earn a masters degree in the field of acupuncture and earn 1300 hours of acupuncture specific training on top of at least 450 hours of biomedical education and pass several nationally accredited board exams in order to practice in the US. 

The differences in training alone are enough to show that acupuncturists are the specialists in the field of filiform needling and it's for that reason that dry needling by physical therapists has been banned in 6 states and rising.

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