Frequently Asked Questions


If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for among these frequently asked questions, please contact Rebecca.


What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient healing system based on the laws of nature and how those laws apply to the human body. Through many years of meditation, the Chinese mapped out a very precise picture of how energy, or qi, moves through the body and where it tends to pool or at times get stuck. Acupuncture needles are inserted into these specific points to help the energy move freely through the body and allow healing to take place

When life becomes stagnant and presents as physical or emotional pain, 5-Element acupuncture can help keep life moving forward.

Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

A growing number of insurance companies do reimburse for acupuncture. You can consult your company or health plan to inquire about coverage. Currently, Rebecca is a provider for the Aetna, and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield of Maryland. Payment in full is expected on the day of treatment. At your request, we will give you a receipt at your appointment for you to submit to your insurance company.

 Rebecca is in the process of becoming a provider for other health insurance companies. Please contact her. You can consult your insurance company or health plan to inquire about coverage or contact Rebecca with questions.

What does acupuncture help with?

Acupuncture works with the body’s inherent mechanisms for self healing. Opening up the energetic pathways and addressing the root imbalance, acupuncture can help bring the body into balance and allow healing to occur naturally. Acupuncture addresses a wide variety of dis-ease in the body. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as useful for treating gastrointestinal disorders, gynecological disorders, eye, ear, nose and throat disorders, and disorders  of the bones, muscles, and joints. It also recognizes acupuncture as useful in helping with emotional and psychological disorders. People that get regular acupuncture can also expect to get sick less often, have more energy, sleep better, and  have an overall sense of well-being. People report a significant reduction in aches and pains, a more positive outlook on life, and more harmonious relationships.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Western acupuncture needles are about the width of two hairs, in other words very thin. There is generally a sensation ranging from a dull ache to a tingle, a prick, or sometimes nothing at all. Whatever the sensation, it generally dissipates within seconds and a sensation of relaxation follows. All the needles are sterilized, individually wrapped, and disposed of after one insertion.

Why should I visit an acupuncturist?

The reasons that bring a patient to visit an acupuncturist vary widely. Often people come in with a nagging symptom or emotion that they feel is causing limitations in their life. What patients find is that acupuncture offers benefits far beyond what brought them in the door. Acupuncture has been shown to be beneficial for migraines, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal problems, fertility, arthritis, addictions, PMS, and many other imbalances. In addition to relieving symptoms, regular acupuncture will increase vitality, health, and well being.

Where is Rebecca Donnelly Acupuncture located?

Rebecca’s treatment space is located within the welcoming and tranquil space at BlueGreen Acupuncture & Bodywork at 222 W. Cold Spring Lane, Suite B, Baltimore, MD 21210.

What should I expect at my first visit?

Your first visit will consist of a thorough health and social history that lasts 45 to 60 minutes followed by an acupuncture treatment that usually lasts 45 to 60 minutes. Therefore, you can plan on being at your first appointment for a maximum of two hours. Your subsequent visits will be 50 to 60 minutes long.

How often do I need to come?

It is recommended that you receive acupuncture once a week for a 4-to-6-week period following your initial treatment. Once your body has begun to balance, you and your acupuncturist will decide the frequency of treatments to suit your particular needs. Treatments often move to twice monthly, monthly, and eventually to getting an “adjustment” seasonally.

How much does it cost?

Initial Consultation $125
Subsequent Treatments $85
A sliding scale is also available.