Acupuncture is a whole-body system for treating all types of disease, pain and ailments. Whether you have a life-long history of asthma or an acute muscle strain, acupuncture has been effectively treating ALL imbalances of the body for more than 2500 years. Disease and pain are the result of imbalance and acupuncture works by helping your body do what it is designed to do on its own: self heal. As we age and our cells undergo oxidative stress, self healing becomes compromised and the body cannot self correct. Acupuncture works to integrate and balance both body and mind, repair damage on a cellular level, and improve the natural mechanisms for detoxification and regeneration. So whether you have anxiety or insomnia, acupuncture can help you heal.
Acupuncture has been around for 2500 years precisely because it is a safe and effective means for restoring the natural healing mechanisms of the body. Stress is unavoidable, whether in the form of physical imbalance like a repetitive motion injury, a chemical source like refined, processed and pesticide treated foods, or an emotional source such as a high-pressure job or family responsibilities. Exercise and diet alone are no longer enough to protect you from cellular stress, cancer, and degeneration. Everyone on this planet is faced with incredible health challenges given the intensity with which our body and mind are being stressed on multiple fronts. Acupuncture is one of the few healing modalities which can actually protect you from disease as well as treat the symptoms of imbalance.
More than 85% of the patients I treat would say “no, acupuncture is not painful”. Though the answer to this question is a subjective one as everyone has a different threshold for sensation. Most patients describe acupuncture as feeling unusual and sometimes intense, though rarely do people say it hurts. Primarily, when the acupuncture needle is inserted you may feel a tiny prick, less intense than a bug bite, and then you will feel an electric, heavy, pressing or energetic sensation at the site of the needle. It is hard to imagine what acupuncture feels like if your only reference for needles is a shot, blood draw or nerve conduction study, because acupuncture feels nothing like any of those. I always work to the comfort level of my patients and do my best to make the process as pain-free and relaxing as possible.
Most conditions necessitate 2 treatments per week for around 3-4 weeks. Keep in mind that acupuncture is a therapy, not a magic one-time cure-all. You wouldn’t go to physical therapy and expect to improve by doing exercises from “time to time”, and the same is true for acupuncture. In order to overcome patterns of imbalance, your body has to generate a healing momentum and this requires consistency and frequency of treatment. Depending on the condition you are coming for and other lifestyle factors, your individual course of treatment may require less frequent visits.
Most people improve after one visit, though a sustained healing response typically requires multiple acupuncture treatments. As a general rule of thumb, the longer you have had a condition, and the more intense or severe the symptoms are, the more time you will need to make a full recovery.
No. Acupuncture is no different than allopathic medicine in that not all patients will respond to the prescribed treatment. You have probably had at least one failed healing therapy in your life, whether it was a medication which didn’t work or an injection which failed to provide relief. Overall, I have a 93% success rate in helping all types of conditions and patients feel better with acupuncture. If you aren’t responding to acupuncture by your third or fourth visit, we will do a reevaluation and discuss other treatment options.
Yes. Not only is acupuncture safe during pregnancy, I strongly recommend women get regular acupuncture treatments throughout pregnancy to protect the developing fetus from unhealthy stress levels. There is plenty of data and research demonstrating that stress from the mother will adversely affect her developing baby with such conditions as: low birth weight, premature labor, higher than normal stress hormones in the newborn, issues with bonding, and developmental delays. It has also been well documented in my clinic that mothers who received regular acupuncture treatments throughout pregnancy did not have a colicky baby. In fact, I cannot find a fussy baby who was born to any of the pregnant women I treated throughout their pregnancy in the past 15 years.
Yes. While you may be more susceptible to bruising if you are taking a blood thinner, acupuncture is a safe form of treatment if you are taking a blood thinner.
There are far too many variables to account for why acupuncture may not have worked in the past, but it is always advantageous to try again regardless of past results. Lifestyle factors like stress level, level of physical fitness, mental/emotional fitness, time of year, time of day, quality of diet and nutrition, style of acupuncture, duration of treatment, consistency of treatment, etc. will all affect how you respond to acupuncture.
Acupuncture works on the cellular level. By positively changing the environment of your cells, improving conductivity of micro nutrients, and upregulating cellular respiration, the healing sequences of your DNA are switched “ON”. This allows the natural healing mechanisms to appropriately reduce inflammation, detoxify oxidative stress and repair cellular damage so that healing is inevitable. When your body is taxed by high levels of oxidative stress, poor conductivity of nutrients across the cellular membrane and sluggish metabolic activity, your cells are incapable of self healing. Acupuncture disrupts inappropriate inflammatory responses and the accumulation of toxic cellular byproducts restoring your body to balance.
Our entire facility is designed with the express purpose of getting you better fast. As a smaller part of a larger team, it is my mission to help everyone achieve their health goals and thrive in body, mind and spirit. I encourage all of my patients to eat right, exercise regularly, and do whatever it takes to return to balance. This could mean you will be asked to do other therapies in addition to acupuncture like massage, chiropractic or physical therapy. Life is stressful and demanding and all patients deserve an open-minded practitioner whose mission is to serve the needs of the patient, not serve their own belief system or ego. Collaboration and teamwork are essential to the mindset of the modern healer. This is how we achieve outstanding results at our facility. I will help you find the best solution for your individual situation and encourage you to do whatever it takes to achieve your health goals.
Yes. Stick with the plan provided by your acupuncturist. There are a wide range of variables why your initial visit failed to produce results. You wouldn’t expect to have instant results when taking an antibiotic, it usually takes a few days and a couple of pills. The same is true for acupuncture.
Yes. Imbalances in the body begin before symptoms develop. The alleviation of symptoms is only the first step to restoring balance and continuing treatment will allow your body to not only heal completely, but help strengthen and protect you from disease and imbalance later on.
Most people remain fully clothed during their acupuncture treatment so wear clothes you feel comfortable lying in. I do a very specific style of acupuncture which allows my patients to stay fully clothed, regardless of where the problem may be felt. Most of the acupuncture needles will be inserted on the lower half of the arms and legs, so make sure you can roll your sleeves up to your elbows and your pant legs up to your knees.
Most sessions take around 45 minutes. The initial visit will be closer to an hour so that a comprehensive health history can be taken, a diagnosis made and a treatment plan can be developed.
We accept all insurance plans HOWEVER most insurance plans DO NOT cover acupuncture. We are unable to verify your individual plan benefits prior to your first appointment so please make certain you understand your benefits plan. We don’t like surprises when it comes to insurance coverage and neither do our patients. The best way for you to be clear about your acupuncture benefits is to call your insurance company directly. Here are the questions you should ask:
- Does my plan cover acupuncture?
- Does my plan pay for acupuncture when it is performed by a Licensed Acupuncturist?
- Which conditions does will my plan cover when I get acupuncture?
- Do I have both in and out of network acupuncture benefits, if so what are the costs for both.
Our office will take care of billing your insurance company if you have insurance coverage for acupuncture. You will be responsible for co-payments and/or the deductible at the time of service.
Yes. We will provide you with the necessary documentation should you need it for reimbursement.
Acupuncturists view the body as an integrated whole, not as compartmentalized systems. Because of this whole-body perspective, understanding the complete picture of all systems of the body will help establish a more comprehensive and ultimately effective treatment plan.