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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If you have a question that is not answered here or you would just like a little more information, please call us at 619-287-4005 or send an e-mail to info@manciniacupuncture.com.

Q: Does acupuncture hurt?

A. Acupuncture treatment done by a qualified practitioner should not be painful. Some people may feel slight sensation or soreness during the initial insertion of the needles and others may feel nothing. The most common feeling is a strong sense of relaxation and well-being (many people become so relaxed that they fall asleep during treatment).

Q: How does acupuncture work?

A. Acupuncture points are specific locations on your body where a high density of nerves and blood vessels intersect. By needling those points the Chinese discovered that they can have a profound calming and restorative effect on the nervous system while improving blood flow to certain areas of the body. Acupuncture influences your body to heal itself by triggering these vital mechanisms.

Q: How long does an acupuncture treatment take?

A. A single treatment typically takes between 20 minutes and one hour. At our wellness center, once the needles are put in place, patients relax in a room for an average of 20 to 30 minutes.

Q: How often am I going to need to get acupuncture?

A. Every person is different. In order to give each person the individualized care they deserve, Dr. Mancini needs to evaluate your condition before making any recommendations. As their function improves, the frequency of treatments patients need decreases so Dr. Mancini regularly evaluates patient progress.

Q: How quickly will I start to feel better?

A. Your rate of response depends on the severity of your condition and the length of time you have had the condition, but many people start to feel the positive effects of acupuncture within the first few visits.

Q: How much is this kind of care going to cost?

A. Our primary concern is your health so we will make the finances work for you. Total costs vary depending on the extent of your healthcare needs. Please ask us about your options.

Q: Do you take my insurance?

We bill most insurance companies (click here for a partial list and more details). If you have acupuncture benefits included in your individual policy, we can verify eligibility and let you know how much of your care may be covered. Call us at 619-287-4005 or come in with your insurance card information and we’ll be happy to check on your coverage and eligibility.

Q: How do I determine if acupuncture can help my problem?

A. Acupuncture helps to improve function, so anything that your body has the capacity to do acupuncture can help. Click here for some common examples of what acupuncture treats.

Q: What are the risks involved with acupuncture treatment?

A. There are virtually no risks involved with acupuncture treatment when performed by a licensed and experienced acupuncturist.

Q: Are there certain conditions that make acupuncture dangerous?

A. No. If you have concerns or questions about a condition such as blood diseases, blood clotting disorders, pregnancy, pharmaceutical drugs you are currently taking, or any other medical diagnosis, please call us with your questions.

Q: Can acupuncture help me in an emergency?

A. If you have an emergency medical situation, please call 911 or get to an emergency medical doctor as soon as possible. When you are out of danger, we’ll be more than happy to step in and help to improve your health through integrative care.

Q: What is integrative care?

A. Integrative care is patient-centered medicine that combines the highest standards of clinical nutrition, Oriental medicine and a team approach with the most qualified outside specialists. Integrative care requires a commitment and participation from three sources: our center, other healthcare specialists and you as a patient need to be actively involved.

Q: Are all Acupuncturists Doctors of Oriental Medicine (O.M.D.)?

A. The state of California requires a Master’s degree and an aggressive licensing exam to practice acupuncture as an L.Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist). Graduates of the first professional Doctor of Oriental Medicine program have advanced, post-graduate training in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine beyond this training to practice acupuncture. MORE: What is a Certified Nutrition Specialist?

Q: Why do some people who are not sick get acupuncture?

A. Healthy people don’t get sick and it is the doctor’s job to help keep you that way. Prevention and maintenance are at the core of Oriental medicine.

Q: Do I get acupuncture on my first visit?

A. Typically the answer is yes, but it is determined on a case-by-case basis. We suggest that you come into our wellness center for an initial consultation visit so that we can get to know you, answer your questions and let you know more about how acupuncture and Oriental medicine might be able to address your condition.


When you come into our wellness center for the first time, we will have you sit down for about 15 minutes with Dr. Mancini.  He will go over your health history, symptoms, concerns and goals to determine if Dr. Mancini and his team will be able to help.  He can answer any questions you have about what we do, how Acupuncture works and how you can get started as a new patient.

We can also address any questions regarding costs, insurance and special scheduling. To make an appointment or if you have any other questions, please call 619-287-4005.