Frequently Asked Questions

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient system of medicine that is used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness. TCM is not “New Age,” nor is it a patchwork of different healing modalities. TCM is a complete medical system that has been practiced for thousands of years.

One of the basic tenants of TCM is that the root cause of illnesses must be treated, not just the symptoms. In modern-day terms, TCM is holistic in its approach. It views every aspect of a person, including body, mind, spirit, and emotions, as part of one complete circle rather than loosely connected pieces to be treated individually.

I am afraid of needles. Is the treatment painful?

The needles that are used are so fine that they can be inserted without any sensation other than slight pressure in most cases. I tell my patients to tell me if they experience any discomfort that doesn’t go away right away. The treatment should be pleasant, in fact the most frequent side effect is a deep relaxation that you don’t experience anywhere else. My patients do not want to miss their appointments!

I am already under my doctor’s care, can I do Acupuncture too?

Yes!  I don’t do anything that will interfere with medical care that you are already getting, in fact it will enhance it.  I received training in western medicine as well as eastern so that I can communicate with physicians, understand what my patients are dealing with and also to recognize red flags for when I need to refer.

Do you Accept Insurance?

We provide patients with a superbill for you to submit to your insurance company when requested. Many patients use Personal Savings Plan funds to cover or offset our modest treatment fees.

What can patients expect on their first visit?

The first appointment begins with a thorough intake which includes a health history, information about the issue we are dealing with that day, and a present day assessment of the patient’s health from head to toe. With this information a diagnosis and treatment plan are created.

The first treatment begins, which involves acupuncture and possibly one of the other modalities such as moxa or cupping if called for.  The acupuncture treatment itself is usually considered very relaxing. The needles used are individually packaged, pre-sterilized needles.  Most patients do not feel discomfort when needles are inserted; they are so small, they are much smaller than the hypodermic needle that we are all familiar with. The needles part the skin rather than tear it. The goal is to promote relaxation and healing in the body and not to cause discomfort.

The patient then is allowed to relax for 20 to 30 minutes. Patients love this time for themselves.  Before leaving the treatment plan is discussed and other recommendations are made that patients can incorporate into their daily life.

What conditions can Acupuncture Treat?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the following conditions that research has proven to be treatable by acupuncture and Oriental medicine:

Respiratory Disorders

Sinusitis, Rhinitis
Common Cold
Sore Throat
Bronchial Asthma

Musculo-skeletal Disorders

Frozen shoulder
Tennis elbow
Low back pain
Joint pain
Stiff neck
Injuries from car accidents
Chronic fatigue syndrome

Disorders of the Mouth

Post extraction pain
Acute and chronic pharyngitis

Disorders of the Eyes

Acute Conjunctivitis
Myopia in children
Cataracts without complication
Central retinitis

Gastro-intestinal Disorders

Acute and chronic gastritis
Acute uncomplicated duodenal ulcer
Acute and chronic colitis
Acute bacillary dysentery
Paralytic ileus

Ear disorders

Ringing in ears (tinnitus)
Meniere’s disease

Mental/Emotional Disorders

Weight Control

Neurological Disorders

Trigeminal neuralgia
Facial palsy
Pareses following stroke
Peripheral neuropathy
Bladder dysfunction
Nocturnal enuresis
Intercostal neuralgia

System Disorders

Menopausal symptoms
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Irregular menses
Menstrual cramps
Morning sickness
Urinary incontinence

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