What happens during a treatment session?
This depends on the condition being treated. Some conditions require only herbal, nutritional or lifestyle consultation, while
other conditions need to be treated with acupuncture and related therapies such as cupping, gua sha, infrared heat therapy, topical
herbal application, moxibustion and microcurrent. The treatment plan will be thoroughly discussed at your first visit and you will have
plenty of time to ask any questions that you have.
Do the needles hurt?
Patients are often nervous their first time getting acupuncture, thinking that the needles will feel like getting a shot or having blood
drawn. This is not the case! The needles are disposable and as thin as a human hair. Many times people say that they can barely
feel the needles. Acupuncture can release the body’s own natural painkillers, and can cause the patient to enter into a very relaxed
state. You may even take a nap on the table.
How does acupuncture work?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, the body is influenced by two opposing forces, yin and yang. Yin represents the slow,
internal and passive aspects of the body. Yang is fast, external and active. All disorders are based on imbalances of yin and yang
as well as other factors such cold, heat, dampness, dryness, deficiency and excess. The name for the life energy is ‘qi.’ Qi flows
throughout the body in channels, each of which corresponds to the internal organs. Your symptoms, body type and TCM evaluation
determine the imbalance that may be causing your symptoms. Acupuncture, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements may be used
to bring you back into balance.
What is the difference between a licensed acupuncturist and a doctor of acupuncture and oriental medicine?
A licensed acupuncturist has completed a 4 year masters degree program with rigorous study in alternative medicine,biomedical sciences and clinical training. Those that have completed their doctorate have an additional 2 years of
comprehensive study in alternative and integrative medicine, clinical training and have completed a dissertation.
How long will I need Treatment?
That will be determined after you have been evaluated. Acupuncture needs to be performed regularly and the formulas should be
taken according to instruction. This will cut down on treatment time in the long run. Once you have reached your desired results, you
will be released from care with a plan to maintain your good health and prevent future problems. In general, acute conditions clear up
quickly and chronic conditions require more time.
Does insurance cover acupuncture?
Yes. More and more insurance companies are covering acupuncture because it is inexpensive, safe and very effective. I
am happy to print your invoice with insurance codes so that you can submit it to your carrier for reimbursement.