Frequently Asked Questions

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a comprehensive healing system that dates back over 2,500 years. Acupuncture works with the energy, or Qi(pronounced Chee), that flows throughout our bodies along energetic pathways called meridians or channels. Periodically, we develop blockages and imbalances along these pathways due to physical and or emotional factors. It is when these blockages and imbalances occur that we develop symptoms. Once the acupuncturist determines where the blockages are, very fine sterile disposable needles are inserted at specific points along the meridians stimulating the body’s innate healing abilities. Acupuncture therapy encourages the body to restore its own balance on all levels of the body, mind and spirit.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture is generally painless, as the needles are very fine and flexible. You may feel a slight numbness, heaviness, electric sensation or slight tingling either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected meridian.

What does Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years as a medicine that addresses the entire body. It is highly effective at addressing not only acute illness or injury, but chronic conditions and symptoms that are a result of multiple systems being imbalanced or ill. While it is currently renowned for treating pain and recovery from injury, it is also used to treat or help with the following.  The following is a partial list of symptoms, diseases and conditions that are recognized by National Institute of Health (NIH) and World Health Organization (WHO) to be treated effectively by acupuncture and Chinese herbs:

  • Musculo-Skeletal Disorders: arthritis, low back pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, TMJ, carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia, tendonitis
  • Gynecological Disorders: PMS, menstural irregularities, menopausal syndrome, infertility
  • Gastro-Intestinal Disorders: indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, acid reflux, ulcers, colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome
  • Respiratory Disorders: allergies, asthma, common cold, flu, and sinusitis
  • Neurological Disorders: headache, migraine, dizziness, Bell's palsy, post-stoke paralysis, neuralgia
  • Circulatory Disorders: high cholesterol, hypertension
  • Psycho-Emotional Disorders: stress, anxiety, depression, nervousness, insomnia
  • Uro-Gential Disorders: urinary tract infection, incontinence, impotence
  • Addictions: smoking, alcohol, street drugs, prescription drugs

In addition, acupuncture can increase energy levels, strengthen the immune system and promote deep relaxation and a sense of well-being.

How often do I have to come back?
This depends on the condition that you are coming in for and the rate in which your body responds to the treatments.  It also may depend on how long you’ve had the condition. In general, we recommend that any new patient expect to come in for 4 to 6 treatments to start.  It is not uncommon to begin seeing changes in your overall health within your first couple of treatments. We work with each patient individually to find a treatment plan that works for them.  Acute conditions will generally respond faster, while chronic conditions may take several weeks or longer to respond.

Can Acupuncture Prevent Illness?
Some people come in for regular “tune ups” 4-5 times per year, helping them to stay balanced with the change of the seasons. Acupuncture is wonderful component to your lifetime health maintenance program.

Does Insurance Cover Acupuncture?
Insurance:  Because we have a sliding scale, we cannot bill insurance (that’s the insurance companies’ rule).  If you have insurance that covers acupuncture, we’ll be happy to give you a payment receipt that you can submit for reimbursement.

Payment Options: Payment is accepted in the form of cash, check or credit card due at the time of service. Checks issued with insufficient funds will incur an additional $35 fee, due and payable immediately.

What if I Miss an Appointment?
Cancellation/ No Show Policy: Your appointment time is reserved especially for you. Kindly give a 24-hour cancellation notice so that other patients are able to receive necessary treatments during that time slot.  A fee of $20 will be charged for missed, late canceled or rescheduled appointments.  If appointments have been purchased in a package, the missed, cancelled and rescheduled appointment will be deducted from the number of remaining appointments in that package

What Will I Feel Afterward?
This varies depending on the goal for the treatment.  You may feel completely relaxed and content. You may feel energized and refreshed.  If you had pain, the pain may be reduced or gone.  It’s also not unusual when working with pain to have it get worse for a day or two before it gets better.  If coming in for a cold, allergies, or the flu, the symptoms may become worse before they get better.  This means the body is pushing hard to overcome.

Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is very safe when practiced by a trained and licensed practitioner. Also, because acupuncture is drug-free, you avoid the risk of drugs which can cause side-effects or dependency.  During each acupuncture session your treatment is adjusted according to your symptoms so that you receive constant monitoring of any changes. Only sterile, disposable needles are used in our clinic. These needles are discarded as medical waste after each use, insuring you absolute safety. Always inform any health practitioner about all pre-existing conditions, known problems and medications you are taking.  Be sure to let us know if you are pregnant, or if you have a pacemaker.

Can I take Chinese herbs if I am taking Western Drugs?
It depends. With most western drugs, there will most often be no negative reaction if they are taken one to two hours apart.  However, there are some medications that either impact absorption of herbs or whose absorption is affected by herbs.  Therefore, it is best to inform us of all medications, vitamins, supplements, and herbs that you are taking to avoid adverse interactions.  We can work with your doctor to determine appropriate dosages and we can provide pharmaceutical information to him/her.

Can Acupuncture help me Quit Smoking?
Yes, but with a caveat: Patients will also have to commit to making life-style changes to realize the full benefits of treatment.

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