Frequently Asked QuestionsAcupuncturist Damon Lee

  1. Is Acupuncture painful?
  2. Is acupuncture safe?
  3. Are visits covered by Insurance?
  4. How soon will I get better?
  5. Can you treat my health concern?
  6. How long does each visit take?
  7. Are there any side effects to treatments?
  8. Do I need to prepare beforehand for the treatment?
  9. What are the most common problems Acupuncturists treat?
  10. When receiving Acupuncture, should I stop other treatments such as herbal remedies, physiotherapy, medications, etc.?

    Is Acupuncture painful?
    Acupuncture has been described as feeling like mosquito bite when the needles are inserted. When the needles are stimulated, there are sensations when the energy starts to move; this has been described as "tingling", "mild electricity", "achy", "numbness", "expanding", or just like energy moving along the acupuncture meridians. Every patient experiences acupuncture differently, and every practitioner has their own unique technique and touch. If you feel uncomfortable during your visit, it is important to communicate that with your practitioner; if every treatment is painful or uncomfortable, consider finding a different acupuncturist to see if their technique works better for your body.
  1. Is acupuncture safe?
    Acupuncture is very safe when it is performed by an experienced and registered/licensed practitioner with training. There are small risks associated with acupuncture that can arise during any visit, such as light bruising (non-painful) and light headedness (especially if you haven't eaten before the treatment or feel anxious). If you seek treatment from an untrained "acupuncturist", the risks can be much more major, such as organ puncture or puncture of major arteries and nerves. Damon is a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac.) of B.C., and has over 40 years of clinical experience. He is also a trained as a Psychiatric Nurse, giving him an even richer background and experience with the human body than most acupuncturists.
    All acupuncture needles used at the Paingone Acupuncture Therapy clinic are disposable, one-time use only needles.
  2. Are visits covered by Medical Plans?
    It is not covered by the MSP, however, many Health Insurance Companies are covering some treatments. Any ICBC or WCB claims should be confirmed with he adjuster; inform your practitioner about the claim. Check with Pacific Blue Cross (419-2600) if you have extended health benefit. Also, if you are a veteran, check with Veteran Affairs. Update 2008: Now, in BC, those people with annul family income below $28,000.00 will get MPS beneficial assistance of $23.oo per a visit for a total of 10 visits.
  3. How soon will I get better?
    There is no definitive answer to this question, as every patient heals at a different rate. However, the success rate of treatment at Paingone Acupuncture Therapy clinic is very high, especially for pain management. Patients often report a very significant improvement in just a few visits - often even after only 1 visit.
  4. Can you treat my health concern?
    If you are unsure if you are a candidate for acupuncture, please feel free to contact our office to inquire in more detail. Acupuncture helps balance the body, and in this way, can address many, many different diseases, illnesses, and pains.
  5. How long does each visit take?
    The typical visit will last from 30-60 minutes. The frequency of visits depends on the severity of your condition, the type of condition being treated, and the speed that your body responds to treatments. In the beginning, it is important to get treatments regularly (every other day, or every two days), as each treatment builds on the progress initiated by the previous treatment. Generally 4-10 treatments are required.
  6. Are there any side effects to treatments?
    The main side effects of acupuncture are increased energy after the visit (due to an energy boost from the treatment), or fatigue in the evening after the treatment as the body's energy shifts and the body begins to heal. The body heals during sleep, and this fatigue is telling your body to sleep so that it can heal.
  7. Do I need to prepare beforehand for the treatment?
    Eat something 2 hours before treatments. Inform your acupuncture of any medical conditions such as diabetes, pregnancy, special medications, tumors, etc.
  8. What are the most common problems Acupuncturists treat?
    Acupuncture is very effective in treating pains of various types. It can be used to adjust different kinds of internal organ malfunctions, such as gastro-intestinal diseases, hormonal imbalances and general fatigue. Many neurological and muscular-skeletal disorders can be treated with great success. Lately, alcohol and drug addictions have been treated with Acupuncture, while treatments for stopping smoking and weight loss are still commonly applied. In the cosmetic field, it is becoming popular in treating acne.
  9. When receiving Acupuncture, should I stop other treatments such as herbal remedies, physiotherapy, medications, etc.?
    You should discuss your conditions with your practitioner.