Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can acupuncture and herbal medicine help me?
A: A common misunderstanding about acupuncture is that it is only indicated for acute pain. In reality it can be used to treat a multitude of ailments including the colitis, digestive disorders, skin problems and vertigo.
Q: How does acupuncture treat so many different things?
A: A common misunderstanding about acupuncture is that it is only indicated for acute pain. In reality it can be used to treat a multitude of ailments including the common cold, digestive disorders, skin problems and insomnia.
Q: Does it hurt?
A: People are often surprised to learn that acupuncture treatments can be quite relaxing. While Hollywood likes to portray people being used as pin cushions for thousands of needles, most treatments utilize only a small number of strategically placed, very thin needles. When they are first inserted some people experience a mild pinching sensation, but it quickly dissipates and the patient feels no further discomfort for the remainder of the treatment.
Q: Will I have to take herbs?
A: Herbs, in both tea and powdered extract form, are often recommended for acupuncture patients. These herbs are specifically prescribed for each patient and are usually taken daily between acupuncture appointments to bolster the positive effects of the treatment and speed healing. Some patients only take herbs and find resolution of their health problems.
Q: How long does a visit take?
A: Typically the initial visit takes approximately an hour and a half. This time is used to discuss your health as a whole, in addition to any specific discomfort you would like to address, and to devise a holistic approach to your treatment. Follow up visits are about 45 minutes to an hour.
Q: How many times do I need to get acupuncture?
A: Every patient is different. In general, treatments for acute cases might look like 2 visits the first week followed by 3 weekly visits. Chronic cases are more involved. Typically I see patients with chronic issues once a week for 2-3 months. At this point they reach what is called a stabilization phase and can come less frequently-for example once every other week. This is the healing stage. After this is what is called the consolidation phase where the patients comes once a month. It is difficult to know exactly how long a course of treatment may take, but if you have a serious health issue you are looking to resolve permanently, you can expect anywhere from 6 months to 2 years of treatment, depending on how long the issue has been going on.  A personalized plan will be made to suit your individual case. After the initial ailment is treated, many people enjoy regular “check ups” every 6-8 weeks to maintain a healthy, balanced body.
Q: Do you accept my health insurance?
A: Yes. I accept most health insurance plans and can call your insurance for you to find out what your acupuncture benefits are before you come in for your first visit.

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