Margaret's Arlington office

Margaret's Arlington office

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I come in to get treated?

Everyone is different and has different needs, but typically people are treated once a week when they first begin. As they feel better, they may transition to every two weeks or less frequently according to their needs. For chronic conditions, acupuncture works best when it is performed regularly.

How long does a treatment take?

 Treatments last one hour. For newcomers, the first treatment might last a little longer to include initial onboarding questions.

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture needles are extremely fine and flexible. When the needles are inserted, you may feel a dull ache, which lasts only 1 or 2 seconds. Patients do not typically describe their treatment as painful.

Is it safe?

Only sterilized disposable needles are used. All safety regulations are followed meticulously.

How much does it cost?

Each treatment is $90. Margaret offers a sliding scale for special cases based on extreme financial need.

How do I pay?

Fees are paid in person when you come in for a treatment.  Cash, card, or checks are accepted.

Will my insurance pay for my treatments?

Many insurance companies will reimburse or discount acupuncture treatments. The best way to check if yours does is to call and ask them for details.  For example, Blue Cross in Massachusetts offers a 30% discount on ‘alternative therapies’ under its “Living Healthy Naturally” program.

Do I need prepare before my first treatment?

No need to prepare - just bring yourself! Please arrive on time, wait quietly in sitting area outside the treatment room, and wear comfortable clothing. Note that your first treatment will include some initial onboarding questions about medical and family history, lifestyle, sleep, and digestion.