Frequently Asked Questions – Acupuncture

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the most common practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This practice involves stimulating certain points on the body, with a sterile thin needle entering the skin, to relieve pain and treat various health conditions.

Are acupuncture treatments painful?

Acupuncture needles are much thinner than hypodermic needles. Some patients feel a mild, dull aching sensation as the needles go in, and some patients feel nothing.

Are acupuncture needles sterile?

We purchase and use sterile and disposable Acupuncture needles. The needles are used for one session and only for one individual before being disposed in an approved sharps container.

To see the result of acupuncture, should I convince myself?

You do not need to convince yourself or believe in acupuncture. If it is performed by an experienced and qualified Chinese Medicine Doctor; acupuncture is an effective method of alternative therapy.

What conditions can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture promotes healing and strengthens the body’s immunity system. It is a comprehensive system of health maintenance and preventive health care. It not only can help you relieve chronic pain, but it also can help reach your maximum performance level. World Health Organization (WHO) has approved acupuncture as an effective method of treatment for the following diseases, symptoms or conditions:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Biliary colic
  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • Dysentery, acute bacillary
  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary
  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Induction of labour
  • Knee pain
  • Leukopenia
  • Low back pain
  • Malposition of fetus, correction of
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Periarthritis of shoulder
  • Postoperative pain
  • Renal colic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow
  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular

To see the complete list of diseases, please click here

How many acupuncture sessions are required?

The number of treatments may vary, depending on how long the disease has been present and its severity. We will be able to provide you with more details at the consultation session.

Is acupuncture covered by my insurance plan?

Most insurance companies insure acupuncture and other treatments provided in our clinic. However, the percentage and the number of sessions that are covered may vary, depending on your policy. We accept the following companies’ insurance plan:

  • Blue Cross
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Cowan
  • Desjardins
  • Great-West Life
  • Industrial Aliance
    • Johnson Inc.
    • Manulife
    • Maximum Benefit
    • Standard Life
    • Sun Life

Is acupuncture covered by the provincial Medicare plan?

Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatments are not insured by New Brunswick Medicare.

Other questions?

If you have any other questions, please feel free to make an appointment to visit Dr. Huang.


Fredericton Acupuncture & Chinese Wellness Centre

280 Regent Street
Fredericton, NB, E3B 3X1

Tel:  (506) 300-1608
Fax: (506) 300-1611


Monday:       9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuesday:      9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Thursday:     9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday:          9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday:      9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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