Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose an Acupuncturist?

The answer to this question may depend on the state.  Most states require NCCAOM exam.  Maryland is not one of these.  Please note that licensure in Maryland requires EITHER graduation from an accredited school OR passing of the NCCAOM national board (or similar exam). 

To ensure the best possible training and knowledge of a treating clinician would be to find someone who not only attended a vigorous program, but took the NCCAOM national board exam. 

The best way to ensure both a rigorous program of training was received and your practitioner was provided a rigorous examination, is to examine the Diplomate status.  In order to obtain Diplomate status by NCCAOM, the practitioner is required to attend a rigorous clinical program AND pass the national NCCAOM board. 

Dr. Rotella has the distinguished honor of a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (Dipl. Om.), the highest Diplomate status available by NCCAOM.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Generally, if you feel it at all, the feeling is more of a tingling.  Acupuncture needles have a doweled end and therefore do not cut the skin like injection needles.  Following treatment, it is very common for patients to feel extremely relaxed and/or exhilarated.

Why are Chinese herbs used?

Acupuncture by itself is a powerful way to connect to the body’s own healing powers.  When Chinese herbs are used it is even more powerful connection to the healing powers and patients tend to get better even faster.

I have been to other acupuncturists and they did something different, why is this?

There are many techniques available.  As long as the practitioner is a Licensed Acupuncturist, they were still helping your body in balancing it’s healing powers.  You can verify licenses at the state web page:

In order to ensure the knowledge and the skills of your practitioner conforms with the national requirements, it would also be helpful for your practitioner to have taken the National Board exam and hold a diplomate.  A Diplomate from NCCAOM also requires those who hold it to take additional Continuing Education (CE) classes to maintain their certification.

What are the needles like?

The needles are solid and are about the size of a single hair. Different than hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are not hollow and are much more flexible and are smaller in diameter.  Needle length varies due to location of the body. 

Acupuncture needles are sterilized and used only one time before being disposed of.