Skip to Main Content

Acupuncture FAQ

Principle of Traditional Acupuncture

Several thousand years ago, East Asian practitioners discovered that the body forms disharmonies as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. Oriental medical theory explains these disharmonies as an imbalance of opposing forces called yin and yang. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body's vital energy (qi) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body's energy is thought to flow. Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of qi. By inserting and manipulating hair-thin needles at specific points, I am able to return the body to its natural balance and promote the body's ability to heal itself.

Acupuncture returns the body to its
natural state of balance and harmony.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a procedure involving sterile, filiform needles to stimulate certain points on the body. Stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the circulatory and nervous systems. The brain quickly picks up signals created by the needles. Thus, the body begins to self heal.

What is Full Service Acupuncture ?

A classic acupuncture setting that the practitioner can access to the whole body of the patient for needed treatment.  Patient will be lying on a treatment table facing down, up or side depending on treatment requirement.  All traditional TCM modalities can be performed.  Patient has exclusive use of the room and will not share space with other patients therefore maintaining highest privacy. There are lots of one-on-one time with the practitioner.

What is Community Acupuncture?

Community Acupuncture is a national movement with the goal of increasing access to acupuncture by offering treatments in a group setting at an affordable rate. Therefore, patients can get the general care they need without breaking the bank. However, there are many drawbacks to this model.  Since this model depends on volume, practitioner have little one-on-one time with every patient.  Acu-point location restriction is another downside.  Please note that we no longer provide community acupuncture service.  The majority of our patients desire more in-depth consultation, discussion and treatment which cannot be performed under community acupuncture settings.

How long will my first visit take?

About 1.5 hours.  There will be some paper work and discussion prior to the treatment . Typically, the body will dip into a relaxation mode 15 mins after the tiny needles are in place. You don’t want to cut your visit short and miss this experience. Follow up treatments will generally take a minimum of 45 minutes (typically 1 hour).  We ask that you plan accordingly.

Can I read or look at my cell phone while getting a treatment?

No, just relax....and we ask your phone be put in silent mode when you are in our clinic.

What is Schedulicity?

Schedulicity is an online appointment scheduling system that allows you to schedule your appointments on your computer or smartphone. This gives you the ability to make and cancel appointments as needed at your own convenience. You can also call the office for an appointment. Schedule multiple visits when you know you have a treatment plan. At the clinic we can put you on a recurring schedule, if you prefer, to save your favorite day and time slot.  Follow this link and click the blue button to make an appointment.

Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Some insurance companies will cover acupuncture services. We are in-network provider for some insurance plans as well as VA CCN.  Please check our insurance page for more details.  You can also fill in your insurance information and our billing staffs will gladly verify the insurance for you.

What are my payment options?

Cash , checks, and all credit cards are accepted. Checks can be made payable to WAI Acupuncture.

Does acupuncture hurt?

A momentary prick is often felt around the needle as it is inserted, eventually creating a dull pressure or tingling around the area during the treatment. Most people are amazed by how relaxed they feel during and after the treatment. If a needle does hurt, tell your acupuncturist who will be able to adjust or take out the offending needle. Sometimes, needles are not inserted at the site of your pain, for example, if your complaint is neck pain we may use your ankle or wrist not your neck. Sometimes, we may apply local points for treatment.  When treating pain, there are times when a certain needle location feels stronger than the others. Give that sensation about 3 seconds to calm down. We call that "a good one" as certain points "talk louder" than others in an effort to promote the healing process.

Is acupuncture safe?

As long as it is performed by a licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely safe. Acupuncturists are required to use sterile, disposable needles that are discarded after one use. The latest regulations in Florida mandate that acupuncturists must have a Master’s degree in Oriental medicine and pass four National board exams to be licensed.

How many times do I need to come?

On your first visit, we will discuss the treatment plan that is best for you and your goals. Initially, you may be best served by coming between 2-3 times per week because once we get the healing process started, we don’t want to loose that momentum. We will need to track your progress, and sometimes make adjustments based on your feedback. As your body heals, visits are less frequent.  Please visit this page for more detail explanation of this process.

It is important to remember that acupuncture builds on itself, thus chronic conditions may take some time to improve. And the longer you’ve had an illness or condition, (generally) the longer it takes to heal. At Wai Acupuncture, we work hard to get you the quickest results possible.

Is there anything special I need to wear?

Ideally, you would wear loose fitting pants or shorts. Quiet shoes are awesome, too. Once you are seated in the treatment area, take off your shoes/socks, roll up pants/shirt sleeves to knees/elbows. We provide hospital gown as a way to ease access to various body locations.  Other than that, just prepare to relax!  Acupuncture works best when the body and mind have less to do.

Will it treat my pain?

Yes. Most people report at least 50% pain relief after one treatment, but for others it may take some time. You might also notice improved sleep or less anxiety, all of which are important to the overall healing process.

Acupuncture FAQ - Wai Acupuncture & Integrative Chinese Medicine in Longwood, Florida

Wai Acupuncture & Integrative Chinese Medicine

Wai Acupuncture Longwood FL

2901 W State Rd 434 #141 Longwood, FL 32779

(407) 335-4688 (office)

(407) 917-1000 (text)

Clinic hours:

Mon 11 AM - 7 PM
Tues 11 AM - 7 PM
Wed Closed
Thurs 11 AM - 7 PM
Fri 11 AM – 7 PM
Sat 9 AM – 2 PM