Dr. Bella Fooksman, D.Ac., L.Ac.  -
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Healing Philosophy of Traditional Acupuncture
  • How does Acupuncture work?
  • Why would I see an Acupuncturist?
  • Is Acupuncture covered by insurance?
  • Can I afford Acupuncture?
  • Does Acupuncture hurt?
  • Are the needles safe?
  • Do I have to be ill to benefit from Acupuncture?
  • How frequently to I have to come to benefit from treatment?
  • How to I get the most out of each treatment?
  • Is my information held private and confidential?
  • I want to come for treatment, what do I do next?
Healing Philosophy of Traditional Acupuncture
Each person is considered a unique individual, not a collection of  symptoms to be fixed.  Mind, body and spirit are intricately interwoven as components of an inseparable whole. By focusing on resolving the root cause of symptoms, acupuncturists are often able to offer patients more than temporary relief from difficult ailments.
Through the course of treatment patients learn how to better tend themselves and pay attention to the signals of their bodies. Most importantly patients often discover the tremendous healing potential that exists within and the power they have in creating wellness in their lives.
How does acupuncture work? 
This highly effective system of medical care is based on natural laws, which govern the movement of vital life giving energy, both in nature and in the body. This energy, called chi, moves through the body in precise channels supporting functions of the body, mind and spirit. When the chi is moving disharmoniously, imbalance begins to surface in the form of specific symptoms. To address the underlying cause of a condition, these symptoms are viewed in relationship to the totality of a person in order to explore the root cause of a condition or illness. The gentle insertion of hair thin needles at specific points along the channels of chi energy, help restore harmony at the deepest level of the body, mind, and spirit. In the presence of this subtle yet profound intervention, symptoms often resolve and patients frequently experience deep personal transformation.
Many patients begin acupuncture treatment to find relief from a wide range of physical conditions. What often begins as a concern over several symptoms often transforms into deep personal healing that reaches far beyond the physical condition. The greatest reason to begin acupuncture treatment is to recover and cultivate your awareness of the tremendous healing power of your body. Acupuncture awakens the senses and offers the possibility of deep healing of the body, mind and spirit. Many patients experience increased clarity, creativity and deeper meaning in their day-to-day lives. 
Is acupuncture covered by insurance?
A growing number of insurance companies will reimburse for acupuncture treatments. Consult your insurer for the terms of coverage on your policy. Full payment is required at the time of treatment; patient statements are available for your convenience should you wish to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Can I afford Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the most affordable healthcare modalities in the United States.  With improved health and wellbeing, patients actually experience decreased annual healthcare costs by way of reduced co-pays for doctor's and ER visits, medications and other interventions!  Please see "I want to come for treatment, what do I do next?" (below)  for fees and further information.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
The sensations that patients experience during acupuncture range from nothing at all to a brief ache or heaviness in the area being needled. Some points are more sensitive than others. By and large patients describe the sensations as fleeting and deeply relaxing. 
Are the needles safe?
Yes. Only sterile disposable needles are used. They are used once and then disposed of immediately.
Absolutely not.   Acupuncture is a powerful preventive measure to keep patients healthy throughout the year.  Many patients also come for regular treatments to achieve increased ease and enjoyment of life. Still others choose Acupuncture to help deepen their relationships with others.  
How frequently do I need to come to benefit from treatment?
Following the initial consultation, ideally you will be seen in weekly one-hour sessions for 6-8 visits. During this time, significant signs of progress will likely appear. As patients experience improvement in their condition and enjoy a greater sense of ease in life, treatments may be extended to every other week, every three weeks, monthly and eventually seasonally. The frequency of treatments varies with each individual. 
How do I get the most out of each treatment?
Be sure to eat well before coming to treatment. Avoid caffeine in coffee, tea, or sodas during the day of treatment. Avoid intense physical activity before or after your scheduled treatment.   
Is my information held private and confidential?
Your privacy is of the utmost importance.  Strict adherence to patient confidentiality is maintained at all times.
Contact us at 410-916-2292 or via e-mail at info@bfacupuncture.com
We will discuss your concerns and schedule an initial visit.   During your first visit we will explore a treatment schedule that will best meet your needs.