Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept insurance? How do I know whether my health plan covers acupuncture?
Yes, we do. The first thing to do is to call our office and provide all your insurance information so that we can verify your benefits. For your convenience, we also have an Insurance Verification Form located here. Fill out the form and we will respond to your request within 48 hours to let you know the acupuncture benefits and amount of coverage.
My insurance covers acupuncture treatments! How does this all work?
You come in for your acupuncture treatments and we will take care of all of the insurance billing for you. The insurance company will send payment directly to us. You are only responsible for your co-payment. Please remember to bring your insurance card to the initial appointment.
Why should I see an acupuncturist?
The new direction that modern medicine is now taking on is fueled by patients’ desire to not only resolve their health issues naturally, they also are seeking ways to prevent illness and maintain their health. Acupuncture accomplishes both goals beautifully. Nearly one in every ten adults already use acupuncture to treat their medical conditions, according to a survey conducted by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
- is proven to be safe and effective
- has shown to work for a wide range of medical conditions
- treats the whole person: mind, body and spirit for complete health
- has no side effects
- is being used by over 1/3 of the world’s population for medical care
- is a time-tested natural form of medicine used for over 2000 years
How does acupuncture work?
According to Chinese medical theory, dis-ease arises when there is an imbalance in the flow of qi, or life energy, along any of the fourteen major channels in the body. These channels are linked to specific internal organ systems, such as the Heart, Liver, Lung, Kidney, etc. With the insertion of hair-thin needles at specific points along the affected channels, qi is then redirected and balanced, thereby improving health. An individual with abundant and free flowing qi possesses strength, flexibility, normal physiological function, a strong immune system, and a clear decisive mind. Various factors can disrupt the flow of qi: trauma, poor diet, emotions, substance abuse, overmedication, lack of rest and of course, stress. Acupuncture restores the body back to equilibrium by needling those relevant points that will initiate such a process.
Does acupuncture hurt?
No, acupuncture does not hurt for the vast majority of people. The needles used during a treatment as as thin as a strand of hair. They are nothing like the typical hypodermic needles used for injections by a doctor or nurse. Along with proper technique, the use of a guide tube will also help to minimize the sensation. A guide tube places pressure around the location to be needled and acts as a distraction while the needle is gently tapped into place. Following insertion, you may feel a sensation of warmth or tingling, or more commonly, a dull heaviness around that area. Most people actually feel so relaxed during a treatment that they fall asleep.
Is it safe?
When administered by a licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture is a very safe form of therapy. Needles are single use, sterile, and immediately disposed of after removal so there is no risk of cross contamination.
What does a treatment consist of?
Before arriving to your appointments, wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to ensure your comfort. Shirts and pants with wide openings are best so that they can be pulled up to your knees and elbows. The first visit is typically the longest, between 60-90 minutes. Follow up visits are usually 45-60 minutes. The exam and treatment itself consists of taking a thorough medical history, a brief physical examination, feeling the pulses, looking at the tongue, and palpating areas of the body. The actual needling part only takes a few minutes after which you will be relaxing on the table for 30-40 minutes. Usually no undressing is required as most needling can be done with a simple adjustment of loose fitting clothing. If appropriate, other adjunctive therapies may be applied after the needling such as cupping, electrical stimulation, or herbs.
How many treatments will I need and how often are they recommended?
This really depends on several factors: the nature of the condition, the duration, frequency, and severity, the overall health of the patient, as well as how compliant the patient is with the recommendations following a treatment. Chronic cases may require twice weekly visits for several weeks, and then taper off as the patient makes progress. For most people, acupuncture is often a last resort when all other therapies have failed. With this in mind, it is strongly recommended that you come in for a minimum of six sessions to fully experience the benefits of acupuncture and repeat sessions every few months to maintain your progress.