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Acupuncture Sessions in Utah County

We’re honored to be among the few in Utah to provide acupuncture treatment. If you're new to this form of therapy, we've provided all you'll need to know about it here. But first, let's get a few details out of the way.

At the Center for Deep Healing:

  • Treatments are provided by appointment only.

  • We accept HSA for treatments and memberships.

  • We provide a discount for veterans and single parents.


And, you save 20% on all services, as a member of Blue Petal Foundation.

About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the four main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), along with Qigong, herbal medicine, and medical massage. It’s been practiced in China since 1368 and came to the U.S. in 1972. In 1995, acupuncture was recognized as a medical device by the food and drug administration. 


Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin, stainless steel needles through the skin at strategic points along the meridians of the body—near tendons and muscles—to balance the flow of Qi (pronounced chee). These needles are single-use, sterilized, and non-toxic. Unlike a syringe, they aren’t hollow and they don’t draw blood through them. They’re also much smaller in diameter than a syringe.


Modern living causes disruptions in Qi, often through stress-inducing work, living a sedentary life, sustaining injuries, suppressing emotions, and through the simple act of aging. Acupuncture is a modality focused on regulating and balancing Qi to restore health to the body.


Many western, integrative medicine clinics recognize the benefits of acupuncture and use it as a way of relieving chronic pain and reducing stress.

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​In addition to balancing the flow of Qi, specific acupuncture points can also stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue, helping to boost the body's natural painkillers. Treatment may also involve complementary therapies, including:

  • Moxibustion: Igniting rolled herbs and holding them close to certain areas of the body to infuse heat and Qi.

  • Cupping: Using glass cups to create suction that removes pathogenic Qi and breaks up stagnate blood.

  • Blood letting: Drawing out stagnate or diseased blood through little pricks of the skin, typically performed to treat nervous system disorders, physical trauma, and extremely serious febrile diseases.

Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been found to be effective in treating a variety of medical conditions—and many individuals have found relief through acupuncture when other forms of western medicine have failed to alleviate pain. Acupuncture can also be used in a holistic approach to wellness—as a preventative measure in maintaining good health. Acupuncture has often led to an increase in energy and vitality.


Hundreds of clinical studies have demonstrated that acupuncture successfully treats a variety of conditions, including:

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Dental pain

  • Headaches, including tension headaches and migraines

  • Labor pain

  • Low back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Menstrual cramps

  • Depression and anxiety

  • Respiratory disorders

  • Insomnia

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome


Acupuncture has also proven effective in treating ear, nose, and throat conditions such as:

  • Sinusitis

  • Sore throats

  • Hay fever

  • Tinnitus

  • Dizziness

Risks and Common Side Effects of Acupuncture

Common side effects of acupuncture include soreness and minor bleeding or bruising where the needles were inserted. Single-use, disposable needles are the standard practice, so the risk of infection is minimal. If you have a bleeding disorder, are taking blood thinners, or are pregnant, you may be at increased risk for bleeding or bruising, or for going into labor from acupuncture treatment.


Acupuncture Treatment Overview

During intake, you’ll be asked about your symptoms, behaviors and lifestyle habits. The doctor may also closely examine the parts of your body that are painful; the shape, coating and color of your tongue; the color of your face; and the strength, rhythm, and quality of the pulse in your wrist.

​This initial evaluation and treatment may take up to 60 minutes. Subsequent appointments usually take about a half-hour. A common treatment plan for a single complaint typically involves one or two treatments per week, and the number of overall treatments will depend on the condition being treated and its severity. In general, it’s common to receive six to eight treatments.

The Acupuncture Treatment Process

Acupuncture points are situated on all areas of the body, and sometimes the points the acupuncturist needs to treat aren’t located where the pain manifests. The acupuncturist will tell you the general site of the planned treatment and whether you need to remove any clothing. A gown or sheet will be provided, and you’ll lie on a padded table for the treatment.


During the treatment the acupuncturist will:


  1. Insert needles to various depths at strategic points on your body. The needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes little-to-no discomfort. Some people may feel a mild aching sensation when a needle reaches the correct depth. Between five and 20 needles are used in a typical acupuncture treatment. 

  2. Gently move or twirl the needles after placement, apply heat, or use a mild electrical pulse on the needles.

  3. Remove the needles. This typically happens after you’ve had the needles inserted for 10 to 20 minutes. You simply lie on the table and relax until the needles are all removed. There’s usually no discomfort when the needles are removed.



Insurance Coverage and Acupuncture

Some insurance companies cover the costs of acupuncture treatment, but you’ll need to contact your insurance provider to learn about your specific coverage. 


In some cases, your insurance provider may reimburse you based on your submission of an itemized form (known as a superbill) that we’ll provide to you. You simply fill it out and submit it to your provider. Again, if you have questions about whether insurance will cover your treatment or how to get reimbursed, please contact your provider.