Frequently Asked Questions

William T. Behr Jr

Licensed Acupuncturist

(212) 799-4633

(631) 513-3767



  1. Q.What is Acupuncture?

A: Acupuncture: the insertion of fine, sterile, disposable needles into specific anatomic locations to produce therapeutic results.

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Q: Does acupuncture hurt?

A: Acupuncture needles are fine, filiform, stainless steel needles. Similar in thickness to a human hair.  One can expect a slight pinch when inserted. There are certain sensations associated with the therapeutic effects of acupuncture. These may include slight aching, heaviness, distention, tingling or electric sensation traveling along the acupuncture meridian. If any discomfort is experienced, it is usually mild and short lived.

Q: How deep do the needles go?

A: The anatomy related to selected points, patient size, age, and constitution all play a role in determining depth of needle insertion. In general, needles may be inserted from 1/4" to 1" in depth.

Q: Are acupuncture needles sterilized?

A: William T. Behr Jr. uses only sterilized, individually packaged, disposable acupuncture needles to assure absolute control over cross-contaminationThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners, requiring that needles be manufactured and labeled according to certain standards. For example, the FDA requires that needles be sterile, nontoxic, and labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.

Q: Do acupuncturists only use needles?

A: Acupuncturists may employ several techniques instead of, or in addition to, using needles. William T. Behr Jr. may include moxibustion, which is the burning of the herb Artemisia-Vulgaris-Sinensis to produce warmth-over selected points.  He may also suggest herbs to help assist your treatment process.

Q: How many treatments are necessary?

A: The nature, severity and history of each individual's complaint, as well as their current behaviors, determine the number of treatments necessary. From five to fifteen treatments are generally adequate for the majority of chronic complaints. Many acute conditions may only require a single treatment; whereas, some degenerative conditions may require scores of treatments.. Symptoms can often be relieved in a relatively small number of treatments; however, rectifying the cause itself may be a longer process.  The primary focus of 5 Element Acupuncture is to correct the underlying cause of illness and thus produce lasting results.

Q: What should I expect following an acupuncture treatment?

A: Relief. Following an acupuncture treatment, some level of relief from the presented symptomatolgy is the expectation. This relief may last or fluctuate throughout the initial visits.  Some patients report no immediate relief; only to see the symptoms diminish over the following days.  Most patients, however, report a sense of-pleasant relaxation and calm-immediately following treatment.  In some rare cases, treatment may temporarily aggravate the symptomatology.  If this does happen, the aggravation is short lived and passes in a few hours; with a positive response following the aggravation.

Overall, throughout a course of treatments, one can expect lasting relief of symptomatolgy and a greater sense of well being.

*It is advisable to rest after acupuncture treatment in order to allow stabilization of the system. Ideally, one should avoid heavy meals, alcohol consumption, strenuous physical activity, sexual activity and emotional stress after acupuncture treatments.

Note: Continue to take all prescribed medication.

Q: What problems can be treated by acupuncture?

A: Acupuncture has shown excellent results in treating many different issues. 

Please refer to the following list, compiled by the World Health Organization, for some of the more commonly treated conditions:

The World Health Organization Acupuncture and The NIH Consensus Study:

In 2003, the World Health Organization published a landmark study, titled "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials".

A summary of their findings is quoted below. Diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture:

The diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials reported in the recent literature can be classified into four categories as shown below.


1. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment:

Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy

Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)

Biliary colic

Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)

Dysentery, acute bacillary

Dysmenorrhoea, primary

Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)

Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)


Hypertension, essential

Hypotension, primary

Induction of labor

Knee pain


Low back pain

Malposition of fetus, correction of

Morning sickness

Nausea and vomiting

Neck pain

Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)

Periarthritis of shoulder

Postoperative pain

Renal colic

Rheumatoid arthritis




Tennis elbow

2. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown:

Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)

Acne vulgaris

Alcohol dependence and detoxification

Bell’s palsy

Bronchial asthma

Cancer pain

Cardiac neurosis

Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation


Competition stress syndrome

Craniocerebral injury, closed

Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent


Epidemic haemorrhagic fever

Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)

Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection

Female infertility

Facial spasm

Female urethral syndrome

Fibromyalgia and fasciitis

Gastrokinetic disturbance

Gouty arthritis

Hepatitis B virus carrier status

Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)




Labor pain

Lactation, deficiency

Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic

Ménière disease

Neuralgia, post-herpetic



Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence


Pain due to endoscopic examination

Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans

Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome)

Postextubation in children

Postoperative convalescence

Premenstrual syndrome

Prostatitis, chronic


Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome

Raynaud syndrome, primary

Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy

Retention of urine, traumatic


Sialism, drug-induced

Sjögren syndrome

Sore throat (including tonsillitis)

Spine pain, acute

Stiff neck

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

Tietze syndrome

Tobacco dependence

Tourette syndrome

Ulcerative colitis, chronic


Vascular dementia

Whooping cough (pertussis)

3. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which there are only individual controlled trials reporting some therapeutic effects, but for which acupuncture is worth trying because treatment by conventional and other therapies is difficult:


Choroidopathy, central serous

Color blindness



Irritable colon syndrome

Neuropathic bladder in spinal cord injury

Pulmonary heart disease, chronic

Small airway obstruction



If you are unsure whether acupuncture is the correct treatment modality for you, please direct any questions to William T. Behr Jr.

5 Element Acupuncture addresses the body, the mind and the spirit as one. 

Therefore, finding the CAUSE of the symptom is essential in treating any condition from the list above, or any other symptom, ailment or addiction.

Thank you for considering 5 Element Acupuncture treatment.

WiIliam T. Behr Jr.

Licensed Acupuncturist

(212) 799-4633         (631) 513-3767


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