Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese Medicine that originated in China over 5,000 years ago. It is the practice of inserting very fine needles into the skin to stimulate specific points for specific therapeutic purposes. There are more than 1,000 acupoints on the body. The stimulation of acupoints balances the movement of energy in the body to restore health.
Other theories about how acupuncture works are that it:
-Triggers release of pain relieving endorphins
-Influences the nervous system
-Affects electrical currents of the body
Is it Safe?
Yes. It is extremely safe, especially when performed by a trained, licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.)
There is very little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used only once, and disposed of after use.
Does it Hurt?
Needles used for acupuncture are typically not much thicker than a human hair. The sensation caused by the needles vary from person to person, and sometimes from point to point, but most feel no pain at all. In some cases you will not even know the needle is in place. Around the acupoint that has been needled you may feel a dull ache, heaviness, warmth, or a sensation of energy spreading. These reactions are all good signs the treatment is working. Most people find getting acupuncture to be a deeply relaxing experience.
How many treatments will I need?
This will depend greatly on the nature of the condition being treated. For example, an acute condition may only require a single treatment, while it might take a series of 5-10 treatments to resolve a more chronic problem. It will also vary according to the overall health of the individual and their commitment to getting better. There is no definitive answer because everyone heals at their own pace. However, if you implement your practitioner's suggestions regarding diet, lifestyle changes, and herbal formulas between treatments you can often speed up your recovery dramatically.
Health Insurance Note:
I can mail in a bill to your insurance company for you to get reimbursed.
Please call and check if you have acupuncture coverage before getting acupuncture treatments. In a lot of cases acupuncture is not covered by health insurance and if it is the insurance company most likely will only cover a few conditions, mostly pain and not all kinds of pain. I would check with your insurance company first about what you are being treated for so that you don't end up with a bill thinking that insurance was going to cover your treatments.
I offer discounted rates because it is important to me for people to get the help they need and to get the number of treatments they need to help or heal their condition. I provide long one hour treatments with high quality care. My priority is on healing and getting you as healthy as possible as quickly as possible.
Rates and Rate Plans
Regular Treatment: $85 for 1 Hour Treatment
First Initial Treatment: $85 for 1 Hour and 30 Minutes Treatment
Regular Treatment: for Pain, stress, anxiety, and simple internal medicine.
Complicated Treatment: $150 for 1 Hour and 30 Minutes
First Initial Treatment: $150 for 1 Hour and 30 Minutes
Complicated Treatment: for Pain, complicated internal medicine and multiple internal medicine problems.
3 treatments for $75 a treatment. Needs to be paid on first treatment of plan.
5 treatments for $69 a treatment. Needs to be paid on first treatment of plan.
These expire in one year.
Monthly Wellness Plan:
Regular Treatment: 1 Hour: $69
Complicated Treatment: 1 Hour and 30 Minutes: $130
A commitment to your wellness. At least one treatment a month for 3 months for $69 a treatment then you can go month to month. You can come in as many times as you want and be treated for $69 every treatment in the wellness plan. You pay as you go in this plan.
30 Minute Treatment: $59, limits include: no electric stimulation, no cupping, no moxa, limited talking.
45 Minute Treatment: $69, limits include: no cupping, no moxa, possible electric stimulation, limited talking.
Sliding Scale for people with low income:
Initial Treatment: $85
1 Hour Treatment: $69, Limited talking.
HEALTH INSURANCE, RATES AND RATE PLANS