FAQs

What Conditions do you treat most?

The most common condition treated with acupuncture is pain. However, Chinese Medicine is a complete medicine able to treat any condition. Most of the time, when a patient comes in for pain, they find out that this is the treatment that will help other ailments that they may have.

Can acupuncture prevent illness?

People without particular health complaints find that having acupuncture “tune-ups” once a month helps maintain balance in the busy and stressful lifestyles that we all lead. Some choose to receive treatments 4-5 times per year, with the change of the seasons, because acupuncture can help to support general well-being and to prevent seasonal colds and allergies.

Does insurance cover Chinese Medicine?

All Flexible spending accounts cover acupuncture. Otherwise it really depends on your policy. Insurance companies, more and more, are starting to increase their coverage of acupuncture. If you’re not sure, it is best to call and ask about your individual policy.

Does acupuncture hurt?

This is the most common question asked. Acupuncture does not hurt. That’s not to say that you won’t feel anything, but the sensations that you may feel are not related to what most people are afraid of, the insertion of the needles.

What will I feel afterward?

This varies depending on the goal for the treatment. You may feel completely relaxed and in a state of contentment. You may feel energized and refreshed. If you had pain, the pain may be gone. It’s also not unusual when working with pain to have it get worse for a day or two before it gets better. If coming in for a cold, allergies, or the flu, the symptoms may become worse before they get better. This means the body is pushing hard to overcome.

How often do I have to come back?

This depends on the condition that you are coming in for and the rate in which your body responds to the treatments. It also may depend on how long you’ve had the condition.

Will I need to take herbs and are they safe?

While some conditions respond very well with just acupuncture, some conditions will respond faster with the addition of herbs. Herbs can be thought of as ingesting the right formulated food made with only the purist ingredients to facilitate in creating a healthy body. It is important to be careful about combining herbal medicine with any prescription drugs you may be taking. Most of the time, the herbs will not interact with your drugs, but it is very important that you let your practitioner know about any prescriptions, vitamins and supplements you may be taking. Furthermore, I will be happy to provide information about your herbs to your doctor to make sure you are getting the safest and most effective care possible. The herbs used here are purchased from distributors with impeccable reputations for quality control.

“After a lot of loss in a short amount of time, I couldn’t handle things and the medications were not working. By redirecting the energy in my body, I am able to function normally again. Even though I have a fear of needles, it was amazing how much better I felt. It is like having a doctor and therapist at the same time. Since starting I have been able to cut down my bad habits. If it wasn’t for Shari, I would not be here today. After everything that had happened, I was ready to check out on life. She is a miracle worker.”

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