FAQs

Benefits of Acupuncture

  • Increased Energy
  • Balance within the body
  • Stronger Immunity
  • Reduced Stress
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Improved Digestion
  • Improved Circulation and Metabolism
  • Greater concentration
  • Increased creativity and motivation

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What does acupuncture treat?

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute for Health (NIH) recognize Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (CM) for the treatment of many health issues. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have been used in China for thousands of years, and in the more modern era is used in conjunction with Western Medicine for every medical problem. There are dedicated Chinese Medicine hospitals in China and most of the conventional hospitals have full acupuncture and Chinese Medicine departments.

The most common health concerns that Acupuncture and CM treat includes but is not limited to, the following. Many conditions not listed below may still be treatable or manageable with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

  • Acid Reflux & indigestion
  • Acne/Rosacea
  • ADD/AHAD
  • Addiction
  • Aging
  • Age spots
  • Allergies
  • Amenorrhea
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis pain management
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Bloating
  • Bronchitis
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Colitis
  • Common colds and flus
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Crohn’s
  • Decreased ovarian and FSH function
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Diabetes
  • Digestion issues
  • Discoloration (skin)
  • Disc Problems
  • Ear infection
  • Eating disorders
  • Eczema
  • Endometriosis
  • Eye conditions
  • Facial Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Generalized pain
  • Headaches
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis
  • Herpes
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hormonal dysfunction
  • HPV
  • Hypertension
  • IBS
  • Impotence
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
 
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Low testosterone levels
  • Menstrual Irregularities
  • Migraines
  • Morning sickness
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neck Pain
  • Neuralgia
  • Nausea
  • Oligomenorrhea
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Painful periods
  • Panic Attacks
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Perimenopausal and Menopausal symptoms
  • PMS
  • Polysistic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Poor sperm count, motility and morbidity
  • Post- Operative Pain
  • Post-partum depression
  • Psoriasis
  • Repetitive stress injury
  • Rosacea
  • Sciatica
  • Seminal duct blockages
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sinus Congestion/infection
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Sore throat
  • Sports injury
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Stress
  • Stroke
  • Tendonitis
  • Tinnitus and hearing loss
  • TMJ
  • Trauma
  • Ulcers
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Vaginitis
  • Weight loss

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What is a first visit like?

Prior to your first visit, download and complete all of the needed forms. If you are unable to do so, please show up 15 minutes before your appointment to fill out the forms that will be provided for you at the office. Please allow 1.5 to 2 hours for our first visit and for facial acupuncture patients, please allow for 2 to 2.5 hours.

Your first appointment will consist of a comprehensive exam that consists of an in-depth discussion of your health history and current health concerns, illnesses, surgeries, injuries, medications, supplements you are taking, etc. Please make sure to discuss all aspects of your current and past health history even if it is something not directly related to our visit. During the diagnostic part of the intake I will use a variety of diagnostic techniques that will include, but are not limited to, tongue diagnosis, pulse reading, channel palpation, and physical examination.

We will discuss a treatment plan and herbs. You will normally receive acupuncture or a medical qi gong treatment depending on our treatment plan. During the actual acupuncture or medical qi gong treatment, you will be lying comfortably on a heated massage table or remain seated if you cannot lie down comfortably. Acupuncture treatments last between 20 to 40 minutes and medical qi gong treatments vary in time depending on your needs.

All acupuncture needles are disposable and wrapped in sterile packaging.

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How to prepare

  • Wear loose comfortable clothing that can easily roll up past the knees and elbows.
  • Have a light meal or snack before your appointment to aid in your comfort during your treatment.
  • After your acupuncture treatment, please do not use a sauna, steam room, hot tub or take long hot baths or showers for at least 4 hours.
  • Please bring a list of all medications or supplements as well as any pertinent medical information that pertains to your current conditions.

Follow up visits

  • For regular acupuncture visits: 1 hour
  • Facial acupuncture visits: 1.5 to 2 hours

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How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments varies on the condition being treated, the length of time you have had this condition, and its severity. Standard guidelines for pain management recommend 12 treatments over a course of 2 months; other schools of thought believe that a chronic condition will take about half the amount of time to treat as the condition has been presenting with weekly treatments. However every person responds to treatment individually and we will tailor your treatment plan to your needs and update it depending on your response to treatment. For best results with Facial Rejuvenation it is recommended as a series of 6 treatments weekly/ or bi-weekly then monthly tune-ups. Again this depends on your individual response to treatment.

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Will insurance cover acupuncture?

Some insurance policies do cover acupuncture. Please contact your insurance provider to see what type of treatments and how many visits are covered by your policy. Most flexible spending plans cover acupuncture, but again please check your policy.

Full payment is due at the time of your treatment. Cash, check and Mastercard/Visa are accepted. I will provide you with a “super-bill” for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Currently I am a provider with American Specialty Health, but if your insurance is not covered under the ASH network, I am more than happy to work with or sign up with your insurance company so you receive maximum reimbursement.

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Does acupuncture hurt?

Generally, acupuncture does not hurt. Some people feel a “prick” from the needles as they go in, and some people feel nothing. Acupuncture needles are extremely fine - about the diameter of a thick human hair, so insertion pain is minimal. The feeling of qi is unique to each patient, but often there is a sensation of flowing, tingling, or pulling around the point and along the channel like a fish swimming in a gentle stream. Most people feel a deep sense of relaxation during treatment and it is common to fall asleep.

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Can children and teenagers be treated with acupuncture?

Yes! In China, children get acupuncture all the time. If they are too young for acupuncture needles, then other methods such as Tei Shins non-insertion instruments or Sho Ni Shin (a technique of gentle pressing and scraping along the meridians) can be utilized. There are many special pediatric herbal formulas. Acupuncture and herbal medicine is especially beneficial to teenagers to help balance their systems during the delicate time of transition into adulthood.

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Is acupuncture safe?

Yes. There is an extensive amount of training required to practice Acupuncture safely and each practitioner is required to graduate with a Masters of Science in Traditional Chines Medicine, complete 2000 of hours of extensive clinical training, and pass National and the State of practice licensure exams.

Patients should always disclose any serious medical conditions, especially cancers, epilepsy, and pregnancy because special techniques, point locations, and training are needed for those conditions.

Always provide a complete list of all medications and supplements to avoid any interactions between treatments and medications.

Are acupuncture needles safe? Yes! All acupuncture needles are sterilized and in sterilized prepackaging with expiration dates. Each needle is only used once and then deposited in a biohazard container.

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Acupuncture vs. other types of health care?

Acupuncture is compatible with all other systems of health care. I am happy to work in conjunction with you and your other health care providers. Again, please disclose any treatments and medications/ herbs/ supplements that you are currently using so that we may integrate our efforts. My goal is to make sure you receive the maximum benefit from all sources of health care.

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