Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture

The following are some of the questions that many new patients want to have answered before their first acupuncture treatment.  

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Whether you are seeking help in treating or managing a medical condition, or are just hoping to improve your overall health and wellness, please call or use the form on our CONTACT US page to email us.  We will work with you to develop the best possible, individualized, treatment plan.

There is no charge for an initial telephone consultation to discuss how acupuncture will meet your particular health care needs.


Main Office in Edina, with an additional location in Golden Valley.
You will find the addresses and maps of our locations on our CONTACT US page.


Will my insurance cover acupuncture?

This depends on your insurance plan.  Some health insurance policies do cover acupuncture, although the coverage may only apply to certain medical conditions.  Coverage may also depend on whether our practice is in the plan's network.  We currently participate in the following networks:

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota


    United Health Care

    Preferred One


    Workers' Comp

If you have an injury from an automobile accident, coverage may be available through your vehicle insurer.

Please contact your insurer for information on your plan's acupuncture benefits.  We can assist you in providing information necessary for the insurer to make a determination.                            

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What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a 2000-year-old ancient Chinese healing art.  It is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve functioning by inserting hair-thin, sterilized, single-use needles along the meridians at certain points on the body.  The effect of treatment is to help the body’s internal organs correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption and energy production activities, and to enhance the circulation of energy through the meridians.                                                                                

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How does acupuncture work?

The modern scientific explanation of acupuncture is that the needling of strategic acupuncture points on the body stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain.  These chemicals either change the pain experience or trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones that help the body’s internal regulation system.  The net result is stimulation of the body’s natural healing abilities and promotion of physical and emotional well being. 

More and more clinical studies have found that acupuncture can reduce pain, reduce inflammation, reduce muscle spasm, increase blood circulation, increase range of motion, decrease the side effect of medication-induced nausea, and promote relaxation.                                                                                                                           

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How does it feel to have an acupuncture treatment?

Most people feel nothing when the needles are inserted, and become very relaxed afterwards.  Some may experience mild sensations of stinging, numbness, tingling, soreness, or pressure during or after a needle is inserted.  Most people can go back to a normal daily routine right after an acupuncture treatment.  All acupuncture needles are sterilized, individually wrapped, and disposed of after each treatment of the patient.  

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How should I prepare for my acupuncture treatment?

No special preparation is required for an acupuncture treatment.  You can have any meals as usual, or have a snack if you are very hungry right before the treatment.  Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing, if possible. 

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What medical conditions may be helped by acupuncture?

The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture to treat a variety of medical conditions including but not limited to:

  • Digestive disorders such as acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Mental conditions such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, and addiction.
  • Neurological, muscular and joint disorders such as headaches, migraines, facial tics, TMJ, neck pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, rib neuritis, various forms of tendonitis, bursitis, restless legs syndrome, back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia.
  • Respiratory conditions such as allergies, asthma, bronchitis, and sinusitis.
  • Urinary, menstrual and reproductive problems such as urinary tract infection, PMS, and menopausal discomfort.
  • Other conditions such as arrhythmia, fatigue, hypertension, Meniere’s disease, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, shingles, and hair loss.      

Please see our CONDITIONS TREATED page for more detailed information. 

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What are Xinsong "Linda" Li's qualifications as an acupuncturist?

Xinsong "Linda" Li received her formal medical education, in Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine, in Kunming, China.  She also received a Certificate of Clinical Research Methodology from the Chinese Medical Academy in Beijing, China, and was a member, and served as Secretary of the Board, of the Kunming City Traditional Chinese Medical Institution. 

Linda Li’s medical career in China included serving for 8 years as an In-patient doctor with the Kunming City Traditional Chinese Medical Hospital in Yunnan, China.  She was then promoted to Physician-in-Charge of Internal Medicine at the hospital and worked in this capacity for 5 years.  During her thirteen-year tenure with the hospital, Dr. Li published 10 clinical research papers in medical journals in China.

Xinsong "Linda" Li is licensed as an acupuncturist with the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, and has over 20 years of clinical experience in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.  She had been in practice with Carolyn Bowles, MD, in the Southdale Medical Center for 5 years, and with Jeffrey Sawyer, MD, at Parkdale Plaza Building in St. Louis Park.  She is currently practicing at her main office in Edina and at an additional location in Golden Valley.  See our CONTACT US page for addresses and maps of the locations.

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