Frequently Asked Questions
Please click on a subject below to read answers to our frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. We are here to best serve your health and wellness needs.
How To Prepare Prior To Your Treatment
The tongue and pulse diagnosis are a unique and important aspect of Chinese Medicine and provide the practitioner with information about your body’s functioning, as well as determining the best course of treatment. Prior to your first visit, please drink plenty of water and abstain from brushing your tongue the morning of the treatment, eating heavy meals, drinking coffee, or consuming alcoholic beverages, which may stain the tongue and alter the pulse; this is a good idea for all subsequent treatments as well. It is also a good idea to write down any questions or concerns you would like to be addressed during your visit. If you complete the patient forms in advance, please bring them with you as well.
What To Expect
We will start with an initial consultation to get to know you, review your medical history, and discuss your current health condition. The practitioner will then develop a personalized healing plan specific to your needs and begin with your first acupuncture treatment. We provide soothing music to go along with your treatment and our practitioner will take care of you to ensure your comfort. Any herbal prescriptions will be administered at the end of the treatment.
What To Wear and Bring
We suggest wearing something that you will be comfortable in, such as loose fitting and comfortable clothes. In case you get cold easily, please feel free to bring a light jacket or sweater with you.
How Long Will Treatments Take?
The initial visit will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes, which will include a consultation and an acupuncture treatment. Depending on the patient’s condition, Tui-Na and/or cupping may be used as well. Follow-up treatments will be a 1 hour session.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments will vary depending on the severity of the patient’s condition, as well as what you want to achieve through acupuncture. For mild conditions, you will probably start feeling better after just a few treatments. More severe cases may include regular visits for extended periods of time.
What Form Of Payment Do You Accept?
We accept cash or checks.
Do You Accept Health Insurance?
At this time we do not accept health insurance; however we are happy to provide receipts which may be used to file for reimbursement through your insurance provider. We encourage our patients to contact their insurance providers to learn about their benefits.
Can Acupuncture Be Used To Treat Children?
Depending on the condition, acupuncture may be used to treat pediatric conditions. Pediatric Tui-Na, a form of therapeutic Chinese massage geared towards children aged 1-12, is the main treatment modality for children. To learn more about Pediatric Tui-Na, please read the following article: http://www.kidsloveacupuncture.com/2013/02/05/pediatric-tuina-massage-for-wellness/.
What Kind Of Conditions Does Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture can be used to treat a multitude of conditions including stress management, pain management, sleep disturbance, menstrual disorders, digestive issues, reproductive issues, fatigue, sports injury, and sciatic nerve pain. For a more comprehensive list of conditions which can be effectively treated by acupuncture, please read the following: http://cim.med.miami.edu/clinical-services/acupuncture/common-conditions-treated-acupuncture.
Are Herbal Formulas Safe?
Chinese herbal formulas can be used to supplement the acupuncture treatment regime and enhance the healing process. When administered by a trained herbologist and used correctly, Chinese herbs have proven to be a safe, effective, and natural remedy to aid the body’s normal healing process.
What is the NCCAOM?
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization which ensures that practitioners of acupuncture and oriental medicine are properly trained. This organization administers professional certification through licensure exams on a national level and maintains the national standards for the practice of acupuncture and oriental medicine.
To learn more about this organization please click on the appropriate link below:
NCCAOM® General Information: http://www.nccaom.org/about/about-us-home
National Standards: http://www.nccaom.org/about/nccaom-national-standards
What is a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine?
A Diplomate of Oriental Medicine is a practitioner certified by the NCCAOM who has met national standards to practice acupuncture, Chinese herbology, and Asian bodywork therapy. To learn more about the Diplomate of Oriental Medicine please click here: http://www.nccaom.org/consumers/oriental-medicine-certification