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Honeysett Acupuncture frequently asked questions

Haley Honeysett,

A.P., Dipl. AC

Acupuncturist Haley Honeysett holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science as well as a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the accredited Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine. In addition to being licensed to practice in the state of Florida, she has also received advanced training in Chinese herbs, homeopathy, auricular acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, infertility, and acupuncture injection therapy. Honeysett Acupuncture has been featured in publications such as The Florida Times-Union, North Florida Doctor, Health Source, Natural Awakenings, Folio Weekly, and Jacksonville magazine.  For more info, read Honeysett Acupuncture frequently asked questions on this page.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a highly effective part of a holistic system of healing, developed and refined in China over a period of more than 2500 years. Acupuncture points are areas of designated electrical sensitivity shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. While perhaps best known for pain relief, traditional acupuncture is used to maintain health and treat a wide range of illnesses.


How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture achieves the desired results by stimulating specific points near or on the surface of the skin - acupuncture points - that have the ability to alter conditions in the body. Because acupuncture points are designated areas of electrical sensitivity, slightly inserting very fine needles at these points stimulates sensory receptors. This in turn stimulates nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system in the brain. The hypothalamus-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones. Endorphins play a significant role in the hormonal system, which is why acupuncture is effective in treating back pain, arthritis, PMS and infertility. The substances released as a result of acupuncture relax the body, and also regulate serotonin in the brain, which affects emotional states. Other physiological effects include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief of muscle spasms and increased T-cell count, which supports the immune system.

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Western science concludes that acupuncture triggers three primary mechanisms in the body:

• Activation of opioid systems: Research has found that several types of pain-reducing opioids may be released into the central nervous system during acupuncture.

• Changes in brain chemistry: Studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by altering the way in which neurotransmitters and neurohormones are released. Acupuncture has also been documented to affect sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes involved in regulating blood pressure, blood flow and body temperature. Modulation of subcortical structures of the brain may be an important mechanism by which acupuncture exerts its complex multi-system effects

• Changes in blood flow: Acupuncture affects the circulation of blood to the affected area, which helps to remove pain-causing chemicals and restore normal function.


Does acupuncture hurt?

There is very little sensitivity to the application area of acupuncture needles. One reason is that they are much finer than those used for injections and blood tests — 25 to 50 times thinner than hypodermic needles — the average size is about the width of two human hairs. Further, the actual insertion is done very quickly most often not very deeply. While some feel nothing at all, others experience a brief moment of slight discomfort (similar to a mosquito bite), sometimes followed by a mild sensation of tingling or numbness. This is a desirable sensation known as attaining qi (pronounced chi). Most people find the experience relaxing, and some even fall asleep during sessions.

Are the needles sterile?

Yes. Licensed acupuncturists are required to be certified in "Clean Needle Techniques" and only use sterilized, individually packaged, disposable needles.


Is Honeysett Acupuncture affordable?

Yes, we offer very affordable rates. Please contact our office, we will be happy to answer your questions and give you a fee quote. Our office is set up for direct pay, credit and debit cards. If your health insurance policy covers acupuncture, you may only be responsible for a small co-pay or no co-pay at all.


Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

Often times it is. Call our office if you are unsure about your coverage. Our staff will be happy to check for you.


How many sessions will I need?

Length, number and frequency of sessions vary. For most conditions, a series of several sessions is necessary to achieve the maximum benefit. After an initial consultation, we will provide you with a treatment plan that includes the techniques to be used, as well as the frequency and duration of treatment.


How long do appointments last?

Your initial visit will last 1 – 1.5 hours, and subsequent visits will be about 1 hour long.


What will happen on my first visit?

For your initial consultation, we need to assess your general health. You will be asked about your current symptoms and any treatment you've received so far. It is also important to gather detailed information about your medical history and that of your family, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. The purpose is to identify what needs to be addressed in order to target your specific complaint.


Stimulation of specific areas affects the functioning of various parts of the body. However, those areas may not be close to the part of the body where you are experiencing a problem. There are 365 specific acupuncture points on the body, and an unlimited number of non-specific points as well. An experienced acupuncturist will use a selection of these for each session. Often during the course of a few sessions, different points will be selected as the patient's condition changes. Other methods include electro-acupuncture, Massage, or tapping with a rounded probe, are techniques particularly suitable for small children or for people with a fear of needles.


We recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing to receive acupuncture treatment. You should also be aware that the acupuncturist may need to access points on your torso, arms and legs.

What should I do before treatment?

Try to avoid the following:

• Eating a big meal within one hour of your appointment

• Fasting for more than six hours before your appointment

• Alcohol, tobacco, food or drinks that color your tongue (such as coffee) immediately prior to treatment or just following a treatment

• Vigorous exercise or sexual activity within the hour before treatment


How will I feel after acupuncture?

Patients normally feel relaxed and calm. You may feel tired or drowsy for a few hours if the experience is particularly strong. You may also experience a short-term recurrence of symptoms in the healing process (this is normal and will usually subside quickly).


Should I continue with my prescribed medication while receiving acupuncture?

Yes. At least until you have thoroughly discussed your options with your doctor or the practitioner who prescribed the medication. Many people seek the help of an acupuncturist because of dissatisfaction with drug treatment - whether it does not seem to be working or there are unacceptable side effects. However, DO NOT stop taking any medication without professional guidance.


Are there side effects to acupuncture?

While acupuncture is an extremely safe form of physical medicine, there are some rare but potential side effects: Bruising, feeling slightly faint, and muscle spasms.


Do you offer other services?

Yes. Complete Oriental medical care also includes Oriental bodywork, a combination of acupressure and structural therapeutics. The acupuncture points are worked with fingers and hands, in combination with soft tissue manipulation, stretching and joint rotation techniques. For severe internal issues, however, acupuncture is recommended, as it works on a deeper level.


Do you have a cancellation policy?

Yes. An appointment is essentially a reservation of the physician's time for you. Therefore a fee of $25 will be charged for a no-show or a cancellation without 24 hours notice.


Should I tip the acupuncturist?

No. We are providing much needed medical services to our patients. You wouldn't tip your MD, we feel acupuncturists shouldn't accept tips either. We are happy when you start feeling better.

Holistic medicine, Chinese medicine practiced at Honeysett Acupuncture in Riverside

Our clinic is located in scenic Riverside,

near 5 points Jax and just across the street from the Riverside Arts Market

Most major insurance carriers cover acupuncture. We’d be happy to check if your insurance plan covers our treatments

Blue cross, cigna, aetna, united healthcare, insurance that covers acupcunture proeedures

707 Peninsular Place, Suite 100,  Jacksonville, FL 32204 – Near 5 points in Riverside, Jax

Hours: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday - Saturday.  Phone: 904.304.5011


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