How does acupuncture work?

Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe that the human body has more than 400 acupuncture points. These points connect with pathways called meridians, which conduct energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”) from the surface of the body to the organs, glands, and tissues.

It is believed that when Qi is blocked, the flow of blood is slow. This can result in pain or illness. When acupuncture needles are inserted, Qi is allowed to move freely throughout the body, restoring balance for body, mind and spirit.

Acupuncture is believed to balance Yin and Yang. These are terms used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to express the balance of all systems of the body and those throughout the universe. When Yin and Yang are balanced, they work together with the natural flow of Qi to help the body achieve and maintain health and well being.

Why should I try acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been shown to promote health and improve the body’s immune system. It has also helped many people who were not successfully treated through conventional western medicine.

If you are interested in or would like to explore acupuncture as a treatment option, considering speaking with your doctor. With your consent, we can work with your healthcare provider and share information regarding your care.

Does it hurt?

No. The needles used in acupuncture are very fine, and you should feel only a slight sensation upon insertion.

All needles used are single, pre-packaged, and disposable, and are discarded after one use. If you have a fear of needles, there are also alternative treatment methods without the use of needles. Be sure to discuss this and any questions or concerns before you begin your treatment.


What should I expect from my first visit?

The first visit includes both a consultation and initial treatment.

A review of your health history will be followed by a health assessment based on a model of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This may include pulse diagnosis and looking at your tongue for color and coating. You may want to discuss which points on your body need stimulation to balance your Qi and restore your health.

The first visit takes approximately an hour and fifteen minutes, not including paperwork. It is recommended that you wear loose-fitting clothing.

How many treatment sessions should I expect to have?

A treatment plan will be set up with you to achieve the optimal results to bring your body back into balance.

In traditional Chinese medicine, one course of treatment normally includes 1-10 sessions. In many cases, 3-6 treatments will suffice. With chronic conditions or serious injuries, best results are achieved with 10+ treatments.

Do not hesitate to ask questions and voice any concerns as you discuss your treatment plan with the acupuncturist.

Is acupuncture recognized and regulated in the state of New Jersey?

Yes. New Jersey requires registration and licensing for all acupuncturists.

Insurance and Payment

Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

Yes! Healthcare providers have found acupuncture to be a cost-effective treatment option for members. As study after study shows the natural benefits of acupuncture and oriental medicine, more and more providers are integrating acupuncture into their plans.

However, acupuncture coverage varies widely by healthcare providers. Many plans limit coverage to pain management or chronic pain.

We recommend checking with your provider regarding specific coverage prior to making an appointment.

Does my insurance plan cover acupuncture?

NuYu Acupuncture is an in-network provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Please note that this does not always guarantee coverage.

Other insurance companies, such as Cigna, Aetna, and United HealthCare will sometimes have out of network coverage for acupuncture.

If Medicare is you primary health insurance and you have secondary coverage, the secondary insurance will, in many cases, cover the cost.

In any case, please call our office and we will check with your carrier for your level of coverage.

Does NuYu Acupuncture book appointments out-of-pocket?

Yes. Please call our office for more information at 908-429-9990.