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Different Forms of Acupuncture Covered by BBI

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Acupuncture has become a common practice of therapy to treat back, neck and knee pain, help with headaches and migraines, and osteoarthritis. It has also been proven effective to help with high and low blood pressure, sprains, dental pain, and tennis elbow. Because acupuncture can treat several issues, there is a wide range of treatments available. Today we’ll talk about which forms of acupuncture are covered with a BBI acupuncture policy, like cupping and needles, and how each one works. Each one is very particular and takes a skilled professional to perform each service. Whether you’re deciding which form of acupuncture to specialize in or deciding to add another specialization to your acupuncture business, you’ll find all the information you need here.


Cupping has become a very popular acupuncture practice. Common places to perform cupping are the back, neck and shoulders of a patient. There are two types of cupping – wet and dry.

Cupping Method Covered by BBI

Another form of cupping is also a method of dry cupping, where the acupuncturist places cups with rubber pumps that suction the air out with a pump, instead of using a flame. This form of acupuncture is included in BBI coverage. A cupping endorsement will need to be purchased with your acupuncture policy, starting at $35.

Needle cupping is the main form of wet cupping. The process involves inserting tiny stainless steel needles into the skin before placing the cup on the skin. It is said to treat muscle aches and spasms, migraines, chest congestion, etc. Needle cupping, or wet cupping, is also not covered by BBI.

Cupping Methods Not Covered by BBI

A form of dry cupping uses bamboo or glass cups as the acupuncturist lights a flame to place on the cup for a brief amount of time, creating a vacuum effect on the client’s skin. This suction in the cup brings the patient’s tissue up into the cup, increasing blood flow which is intended to stimulate healing. It should be noted that this flammable form of acupuncture is not covered by BBI.

Needle cupping is the main form of wet cupping. The process involves inserting tiny stainless steel needles into the skin before placing the cup on the skin. It is said to treat muscle aches and spasms, migraines, chest congestion, etc. Needle cupping, or wet cupping, is also not covered by BBI.


Needles are the most common form of acupuncture today, and is considered a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Very fine, stainless steel needles are inserted into the skin at various pressure and trigger points. Each individual is different, so these trigger points vary from person to person. These needles are commonly placed on the back, temples of the face, ears, neck and forehead. Having a needle inserted into the skin may sound painful, but it is placed so lightly in the skin that it is nearly painless, but there is enough pressure to let the body know that it’s there and needs to respond.

These needles are placed at very specific trigger points, or pressure points, to various depths. The acupuncturist inserts the needle with the objective of balancing their client’s energy. This form of acupuncture is also said to help with whooping cough and blood pressure problems. While acupuncture is still considered an ‘alternative medicine’ and is being studied for its level of effectiveness, most clients who get treatment experience significant improvements and results.

Teishin Needleless Acupuncture

Teishin needleless acupuncture has similar effects as needle acupuncture, but instead of a shar needle tip, it has a needle-like probe that doesn’t penetrate the skin. This is a great option for those who do not want a sharp needle in their skin. Teishin needleless acupuncture is said to nourish energy of organs, improve sleep issues, encourage intelligence and awareness, among other benefits.


Another form of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupressure, is also used to promote relaxation and wellness. Acupressure uses specific points from your fingertips to your brain to help restore balance in the body. An acupuncturist uses their palms, elbows, fingers, feet, or a special device to gently press on these trigger points. Some benefits of acupressure are improved circulation, reduced muscle tension and the release of endorphins.


Very similar to acupressure, shiatsu is a form of Japanese medicine where the acupuncturist applies pressure on certain trigger points throughout the body. Shiatsu in Japanese means “finger pressure.” You might be wondering how this is different from acupressure. Both use pressure to restore balance and health, and neither use oil or cream. The main difference is that Shiatsu is intended to treat the entire body, not just from the fingertips to the brain. The pressure in Shiatsu is always sustained and stationary, whereas acupressure is often in a circular, pumping motion. Shiatsu uses the weight of the entire body to restore balance, not just the strength of one’s arm or hand.

Beauty and Bodywork Acupuncture Insurance

If you’re interested in practicing any of the above forms of acupuncture, you’ll want to make sure that your business is insured. Beauty and Bodywork Insurance offers acupuncture insurance.

BBI offers you:

General & Professional Liability Aggregate (Malpractice Insurance) $3,000,000
Products & Completed Operations Aggregate $3,000,000
Personal & Advertising Injury Included
Each Occurrence $2,000,000
Damage to Premises Rented to you $300,000

You can check out BBI’s coverage details today to read through the specifics of the policies offered. You can never go wrong by playing it safe. When those unplanned incidents happen, you’ll be grateful that you’re insured with BBI.

All insurance policies have conditions, limitations and exclusions. Please refer to the policy for exact coverages.

Professional Liability Policy

This policy is for professionals who work in the Beauty and Bodywork Industry.



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