What is Acupuncture?

Is it safe?

Does it hurt?

Do you accept insurance?

How should I prepare for my first visit?

How many treatments will I need?

How long are the appointments and how much does it cost?

What can be treated by acupuncture?

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a modality of healing that involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific body points located along channels of energy known as meridians. The meridian system connects all of our major organs and body parts, and circulates the body’s vital life energy, known as Qi (pronounced ‘chee’).

According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi through the meridians becomes unbalanced or blocked. Acupuncturists use the point/meridian system to access and activate the Qi, to promote the body’s natural healing abilities and restore balanced health.

Learn more: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Is it safe?

Yes! Acupuncture has been safely employed on billions of patients for well over 2,500 years. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of acupuncture needles by licensed acupuncturists in 1996 and require that they follow strict safety guidelines.

Only sterilized, single-use, disposable needles are used in this office, and Clean Needle Technique (CNT) protocol as outlined by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) is strictly adhered to. Our needles are never reused.

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture needles are tiny, thin, and flexible, and the sensation caused by insertion varies from patient to patient. The needles are 25 – 50 times thinner than hypodermic needles. So thin in fact, that several acupuncture needles can fit inside the middle of a hypodermic needle. Most people feel nothing at all upon insertion of an acupuncture needle, while others may experience a brief moment of discomfort as the needle penetrates the skin. Many patients fall asleep while on the treatment table.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes, if acupuncture is covered by your particular plan, we will accept insurance as payment for services, both ‘in-network’ or ‘out-of-network.’ We are always more than willing to assist you with understanding your insurance coverage with regard to acupuncture services.

Below is just a sampling of some of the many insurance companies that now cover acupuncture services. If you do not see your particular insurance provider listed, please give us a call. Our insurance billing specialists will verify your insurance coverage for you, and if you are covered for acupuncture, will bill your insurance company directly. There should be no worries about super bill submissions or any other cumbersome paperwork on your part!


AmeriHealth of NJ

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Sheild

Blue Cross Blue Sheild


Horizon BCBS of NJ

Empire BCBS

GHI / Group Health Incorporated


Health Partners

Horizon BCBS of NJ

Kaiser Permanente




TriWest Healtcare Alliance 

United HealthCare (UHC)

Automobile Accident, No Fault, Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claims, and Many More!!!

If you are not covered by medical insurance, we will be happy to discuss other available payment options. In addition, you can still consider your payments as medical expenses, and may be able to write them off on your taxes. Please refer to Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine as Tax Deductions.

Contact Rob today, at:

Phone: (201) 357-0904

eMail: RobVenaAcupuncture@gmail.com

How should I prepare for my first visit?

It is best to wear or bring loose-fitting clothing to your appointment.

Avoid eating heavy meals 2 hours prior to your treatment, but do try to have something light beforehand. You should not come to your appointment on an empty stomach.

It is also recommended that you avoid over-exercise, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol shortly before and after your treatment.

Your acupuncturist may need to examine your tongue as part of your intake, so please avoid brushing or scraping it for at least 48 hours prior to your appointment. You should also try to avoid intake of colorful beverages and foods that can discolor the tongue.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments varies depending on your particular situation. Some acute conditions can be treated in 1 – 3 visits, while more long-term, chronic conditions may take longer. In these situations, at least 4 – 6 weeks of treatment are recommended with a progress evaluation at the end of that time.

How long are the appointments and how much does it cost?

Please refer to this website’s Services page for information on appointments. For information on rates for payment at time of service, please call (201) 357-0904.

What can be treated by acupuncture?

Patients may see an acupuncturist for any number of conditions from musculoskeletal to fertility issues.

The World Health Organization (WHO) lists quite a few conditions that have been proven through clinical trial to be effectively treated by acupuncture:

  • Adverse reactions to chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Biliary colic (gallstones)
  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • Dysentery, acute bacillary
  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary
  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Induction of labour
  • Knee pain
  • Leukopenia (a decrease in the number of white blood cells)
  • Low back pain
  • Malposition of fetus, correction of
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
  • Periarthritis of shoulder
  • Postoperative pain
  • Renal colic (pain caused by kidney stones)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica (pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg caused by injury to or compression of the sciatic nerve)
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow

Some commonly treated conditions include: Acne, ADD/ADHD, Addiction (Smoking Cessation, Drug/Alcohol Problems), Allergies, Anxiety, Arthritis, Asthma, Back Pain, Cancer Related Fatigue, Chronic Diarrhea, Common Cold, Constipation, Crohn’s Disease, Dental Pain, Depression, Digestive Disorders, Facial Pain, Facial Rejuvenation, Fatigue, Flu, Gallstones, Gastritis, GERD, Gynecological Disorders, Hair Loss, Headache, Hypertension & Hypotension, IBS, Immune Disorders, Infertility, Insomnia, Irregular Menstruation, Joint Pain, Kidney Stones, Menopause, Migraines, Morning Sickness, Orthopedic Disorders, Nausea & Vomiting, Neck Pain, Neuropathy, Sciatica, Stress, Pain Syndromes, PMS, Postoperative Pain, PTSD, Reflux, Respiratory Disorders, Rosacea, Sinusitis, Skin Problems, Stroke Rehabilitation, TMJ, Ulcers, Weight Loss / Weight Gain, Women’s Health Issues, and much more.

Point Pleasant, NJ Acupuncturist

Patients seen by appointment only.

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