frequently asked questions

Case-controlled clinical studies have shown that acupuncture has been an effective treatment for the following
diseases, symptoms or conditions:


– Allergic Rhinitis (including hay fever)
– Back Pain
– Depression
– Anxiety
– Dysentery, Acute Bacillary
– Dysmenorrhoea, primary (painful menstrual cycles)
– Energy Boos/Improved Mental Clarity
– Epigastralgia, Acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic
and gastrospasm)
– Facial Pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
– Headache/Migraine
– Hypertension, Essential
– Hypotension, Primary
– Induction of Labor
– Irregular Menstrual Cycles
– Knee Pain
– Leukopenia

– Low Back Pain
– Malposition of fetus, correction (especially breech)
– Morning Sickness
– Nausea and Vomiting
– Neck Pain
– Neuropathy (nerve pain and dysfunction)
– Pain in Dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
– Periarthritis of Shoulder
– Postoperative Pain
– Rheumatoid Arthritis
– Sciatica
– Sprains and Strains
– Stress
– Stroke
– Tennis Elbow


The following diseases, symptoms or conditions probable evidence to support the therapeutic use of acupuncture:

– Abdominal Pain
– Acne Vulgaris
– Alcohol Dependence and Detoxification
– Bell’s Palsy
– Bronchial Asthma
– Cancer Pain
– Cardiac Neurosis
– Carpel Tunnel
– Cholecystitis, Chronic
– Cholelithiasis
– Craniocerebral Injury
– Diabetes Mellitus, Non-insulin-dependent
– Earache
– Epistaxis, (nosebleeds)
– Eye Pain
– Female/Male Infertility
– Facial Spasms
– Female Urethral Syndrome
– Fibromyalgia and Fasciitis
– Gastroenteric Issues (GI pain)
– Gouty Arthritis
– Hepatitis B virus carrier status
– Herpes Zoster
– Insomnia
– Lactation, Deficiency
– Male Sexual Dysfunction, Non-organic
– Ménière dDsease
– Menopause

– Neuralgia, Post-herpetic
– Neurodermatitis
– Obesity/Weight Loss
– Opium, Cocaine and Heroin Dependence
– Osteoarthritis
– Pain all over the body/most pain conditions
– Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
– Prostatitis, Chronic
– Pruritus
– Radicular and Pseudoradicular Pain Syndrome
– Raynaud Syndrome, Primary
– Recurrent Lower Urinary-Tract Infection
– Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (chronic inflammation
nerve dysfuntion)
– Retention of Urine, Traumatic
– Schizophrenia
– Sjögren Syndrome
– Sore Throat (including tonsillitis)
– Spine Pain
– Stiff Neck
– Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
– Tendonitis
– Tobacco Dependence
– Tourette Syndrome
– Ulcerative Colitis, Chronic
– Urolithiasis
– Vascular Dementia
– Whooping Cough (pertussis)

There are so many benefits! An improvement in health, pain, mental status and just an overall relaxed and happy feeling are to name a few. Even after one session, a person just feels calmer and better. Acupuncture gets the blood and energy flowing, reduces pain, grounds the mind body and spirit and allows ones to check in with themselves. Acupuncture effects almost every major system and organ function in the body.

Of course you can and this is also beneficial for mom and baby for many reasons. Feel free to call and speak with Casey who has a lot of experience treating pregnant women, inducing labor and even treating small kids.

Acupuncturists have extensive training just like most prominent medical professionals. Most acupuncture schools are 3- 4 years of full time training (post college degree). Acupuncturist have over 1000 clinical hours during their training and another 2700 educational hours. After completing the masters program they have to pass the Nationally Certified Board Exams (NCCAOM). These are through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. There are 4 exams which include Biomedicine, Foundations of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture/ Point location and Chinese Herbology. Other professions who use acupuncture and label it as “dry needling” do not have the same standard of training and have very little theory of Chinese medicine or the points. Acupuncture should be performed by licensed Acupuncturist to get the best results possible.

Acupuncture is very safe if performed by a competent, certified, licensed acupuncturist. The needles are sterile, used once, stainless steel and disposed of in a medical waste biohazard bin.

Not usually, but some common side effects can include soreness, mild bruising or bleeding where needles were inserted. Also sometimes post treatment a person can feel lightheaded or fatigued. All of this is very temporary and most likely a person just feels calm and relaxed.

It shouldn’t hurt! There are certain areas that will be more sensitive and usually we can tell you where those are. Acupuncture Qi sensation is an interesting one. It is normal to have a mild dull ache or slight tingling sensation or a heavy feeling or even warmth and all of this is great and indicates that the needle has reached its intended depth and location.

Everyone is different and everyone will have different result even for the same conditions. Usually, a treatment plan involves one time per week for about 4-8 consecutive weeks. Some people continue care even after their issues have resolved as this is great for prevention and well-being.

Yes! some insurance companies cover acupuncture. We are not currently in network with any insurance companies but if you have out of network care, we can provide you with a superbill which the patient can self-submit to their insurance company for reimbursement. Best way to check is to call your insurance company, ask if there is out of network coverage for Acupuncture on your plan and also ask if it is diagnosis specific.

The practitioners at Corridan Wellness & Acupuncture Center can recommend herbs for you. They have extensive herbal training and education. Herbs can expedite and assist with your treatments and are safe and effective ways to improve health when dispensed by a knowledgeable and certified Herbalist/Acupuncturist. Herbology is an integral part of the Oriental Medicine Masters program and most Acupuncture Schools. Herbs can be specially ordered and tailored for you
and can come in the form of Pills, Granules & Teas. If Herbs are right for you, they will discussed with your practitioner.
Also, Herbal consults are available.

Besides Acupuncture and Herbs we offer :
– Chiropractic Care
– Massage
– Holistic Nutrition
– Reiki
– Yoga/Workshops/Meditation
– Energy Work
– Cupping
– Gua Sha
– Moxa


And much more- give us a call to discuss how we can benefit you!

To make an appointment, you may call us at 703 712 7676. Or Email us at

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