What are acupuncture points?
Is Acupuncture safe?
Do I have to believe in it for it to work?
Is Acupuncture just for problems?
Does acupuncture hurt?
What will my first visit be like?
What should I bring to my first visit?
Do you have any recommendations?
What should I feel after the treatment?
How long will it take to feel better?
Should I stop other medication?
Will insurance cover the cost of treatment?
Does Medicare cover acupuncture?
What is your cancellation policy?

What are acupuncture points?
Acupuncture points are openings located along the meridian pathways where energy can be accessed. [back to top]

Is Acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all natural, non-invasive, drug-free therapy, yielding very few side effects. We use single use, disposable needles so there is no risk of infection from reuse. There are chances that a needle may puncture a blood vessel or capillary but the blood is usually a drop or two and at most causes a small bruise. Rarely a nerve may be nicked and the needle can be readjusted so there is no pain. In very rare cases, there has been pneumothorax (puncture of the lung ). Most Licensed Acupuncturist have been properly trained to avoid major organs. [back to top]

Do I have to believe in it for it to work?
The answer to this question is no. While having a positive state of mind helps with any type of treatment, conventional or otherwise, it is not necessary to "believe" in acupuncture for it to work. This is evidenced not only through clinical study in "non-believers", but by the fact that animals and small children who cannot be instructed to "believe" receive relief through the use of acupuncture. [back to top]

Is Acupuncture just for problems?
Acupuncture is not just for relief from pain and illness, it can also be used for health maintenance to build up the immune system to help fight off common illnesses. Acupuncture/acupressure also helps keep muscles relaxed for optimum performance and help prevent muscle injury during sports activities. [back to top]

Does acupuncture hurt?
The acupuncture needles do not hurt as much as vaccination shot or a blood draw because acupuncture needles are thin, flexible and not hollow inside the needle. It is normal and even beneficial to feel certain sensations during treatment. Common sensations include warmth or coolness, heaviness, aching, tingling, an electrical zing, or a mild ache where the needles are or even in other areas of the body away from the needles. You may feel a pinch when needles are inserted but most patients find treatment very relaxing and some even fall asleep while the needles are in. [back to top]

What will my first visit be like?
During your initial visit you will be asked many questions, some related specifically to your complaint and others seemingly unrelated. Your entire case is taken into consideration so we can determine what is causing the disease. We treat the whole person, not just the symptom. After that the practitioner will look at your tongue and feel your pulse - two key diagnostic methods. After the initial evaluation you will receive an acupuncture treatment. Your entire first visit will take about 90 minutes and return acupuncture treatments will take about 45 to 60 minutes. [back to top]

What should I bring to my first visit?
Please bring any information about your case you may have from your other doctors, including things like lab tests, blood work, reports of x-rays or MRI's, etc. To save time you may fill out our office forms before coming into the office. Please also bring a form of payment as it is expected at the time of your visit. [back to top]

Do you have any recommendations?
For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:

  • Please show up on time.
  • Be sure you have eaten at least a meal or snack within a few hours prior to arriving. However, avoid overeating immediately before treatment.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes or bring a change of clothes.
  • Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with your acupuncturist.
  • Refrain from overexertion, drugs or alcohol, caffeine for at least 4 hours after a treatment.
  • Keep all of your appointments, as each visit builds upon previous ones.
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What should I feel after the treatment?
Some patients may experience an increase in energy after the treatment due to the acupuncture stimulation. Others may experience a great sense of relaxation as inner tension is released and body and mind relax. Since our bodies are constantly changing, you may feel different after each treatment. [back to top]

How long will it take to feel better?
The answer to this question will differ for each patient. Overall, most patients begin to notice changes within the first 3-5 acupuncture treatments. However, acute conditions may resolve within just a few visits, chronic conditions that have persisted for many years may take many treatments over a long period of time to completely resolve. Generally patients require 2-6 weeks of 2 visits per week to make significant changes, followed by weekly visits for another 4-8 weeks to consolidate gains made and prevent relapse. We ask our patients to make a commitment to their acupuncture treatment and to have realistic expectations of this system of medicine. [back to top]

Should I stop other medication?
No. You should continue to follow your current physician's instructions. Please remember that acupuncture is used to complement and supplement your physician's treatments not to replace them. You should discuss this issue with your physician and acupuncturist. [back to top]

Will insurance cover the cost of treatment?
Many insurance companies, including some Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, cover acupuncture costs. However, your coverage may vary depending on your specific plan and your diagnosis. Our office does not participate with any insurance company although we will give you the necessary form to submit to your insurance company. Remember, that insurance coverage is a contract between you and your insurance company, not with any health care provider. You will need to be responsible for understanding your health plan benefits and for obtaining any pre-certification or referrals necessary to guarantee coverage. [back to top]

Does Medicare cover acupuncture?
No, not yet. BEWARE of any acupuncturist or medical doctor that says they will bill Medicare for acupuncture services. This is insurance fraud and a serious crime. [back to top]

What is your cancellation policy?
We request at least 24 hours for cancellation of your appointment. A missed visits may prevent other patients from being able to use that same appointment time. Patients who miss appointments or do not provide 24 hour notice of cancellation may be charged for the cost of their visit (which is not reimbursable by their insurance provider). [back to top]