FAQs • Queenpin Family Wellness
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Q:  What does queenpin mean?

A:  Definition of queen-pin in English:

Queen-pin: noun, informal.

A woman who is essential to the success of a group, organization, or operation.

Early 20th century; earliest use found in John Bangs (1862–1922).


Acupuncture FAQ:


Q: What does acupuncture treat?

A: Because acupuncture sees the body as interconnected systems it can treat many conditions at once. Many of our patients are seen for pain, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, migraines, menstrual disorders, intestinal disorders, addiction, colds/flu’s, and many other conditions. In 2003 World Health Organization published a report about clinical trials researching the effectiveness of acupuncture. More than one hundred indications were discussed and divided into four groups concerning the strength of existing evidence. Check out our About Us page for the specialties of each of our practitioners. 


Acupuncture does more than simply relieve the symptoms. The aim of acupuncture is to treat the whole patient and restore balance between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual. Many people also have acupuncture as a preventative treatment, which is the most important benefit of this medicine.


Q: How long is a treatment and many acupuncture treatments will I need?


A: Treatments usually last 45 minutes to 60 minutes depending on what we’re working on. A series of treatments are necessary to resolve a condition. Each case and condition is treated individually. Patients should expect to come in for 8 – 12 sessions, though some conditions require more treatments and some less.


Q:Does acupuncture hurt?


A: Generally, acupuncture does not hurt. Some people feel the needles as they go in, and some people feel nothing. Acupuncture needles are solid needles, not hollow like hypodermic needles, and they are much, much thinner – about the diameter of a thick piece of human hair. Once the needles are inserted, most patients begin to feel relaxed and enter into a sleep or meditative state.


Q: Can children be treated with acupuncture?

A: Yes. See our page all about pediatric acupuncture.


Q: Does Queenpin Acupuncture take insurance?


A: We do not take insurance.


Our community clinic provides treatments for $30 if our private practice prices don’t fit into your budget.


Q: How are acupuncturists licensed?


A: In the United States, all but six states require acupuncturists to obtain a license to practice. Virginia requires acupuncturists to pass the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) examinations. To become certified by the NCCAOM, you must graduate from a four or five year ACAOM-accredited program, complete a clean needle technique course offered by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCOAM), and pass certification exams in the foundations of Oriental medicine, acupuncture, and biomedicine. Those who complete the certification program are known as NCCAOM Diplomates.



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