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  • Q: What is acupuncture?
    A: Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in which thin needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points on the human body to enhance the natural healing ability of the body, support overall health and well-being.
  • Q: How does acupuncture work?
    A: Acupuncture encourages the body to use its own resources to balance itself to resolve disease and discomfort. Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (body's vital energy/function) and Blood through distinct pathways called Meridians (channels), which conduct energy between the surface of the body and internal organs. Acupuncture regulates the body through many mechanisms: stimulating the endocrine, nervous, muscular, and immune systems.
  • Q: What does acupuncture treat?
    A: Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for a wide range of conditions, symptoms related to musculoskeletal, neurological, mental-emotional, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, gynecological problems. Therapeutic use of acupuncture can be helpful in good health and wellness maintenance, weight loss, smoking cessation, facial rejuvenation, recovery from injuries, symptomatic treatments. Acupuncture can be used alone or in combination with other complementary or conventional medical treatments.
  • Q: Is acupuncture safe?
    A: Acupuncture is generally safe when administered by an appropriately trained licensed practitioner using clean-needle technique and sterile single-use needles. Acupuncture has minimal side effects and adverse reactions.
  • Q: Does acupuncture hurt?
    A: Most people report a sense of calm relaxation and well-being during and after an acupuncture treatment. Feelings of discomfort are usually mild. It is generally nothing more than a quick little prick. Once the needles are inserted, there may be a sensation of heaviness, distention, warmth, tingling, or electric sensation either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected meridian pathway. Different areas of the body may be more sensitive while inserting the needles as compared to others. Each person’s experience is different.
  • Q: How should I prepare for my visit or treatment?
    A: Book your appointment. A confirmation email with a new patient intake form will be sent for you to complete prior to your first appointment. Bring your ID card and all medical records relating to your condition, copy of your recent blood work, as well as a list of your current medications and any dietary supplements you may be taking. If you are running late, please send a brief text or voice message. If you are unable to keep an appointment, kindly give us 24-hour notice. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that can be rolled above your knees and elbows as you may receive treatment the same day. Have a snack or light meal one hour prior to your visit.
  • Q: What should I expect on my first visit?
    A: Your initial evaluation will take an hour and will include a comprehensive assessment and history that looks at your current physical complaints, your health, and lifestyle. As a result, a personalized treatment plan will be tailored for your specific needs. Practitioner will explain your treatment plan, the frequency of your treatments, and what to expect from the treatments. An explanation of the importance of each treatment, therapy, supplement, and recommendation will be provided.
  • Q: How many sessions do I need?
    A: This will vary from patient to patient. Each condition may require a varied number of treatments, and each individual may respond differently to treatments, particularly in the early phases of treatment. Usually, frequent treatments (2-3 treatments per week) are done for the first few weeks, then the frequency of treatments will be reduced as wellness is restored. A detailed frequency of your treatments will be provided after the initial assessment.
  • Q: Cost of treatments?
    A: The cost of treatments and therapies varies. We offer multiple self-pay options to make care affordable for all. Payment plans and schedules can be discussed upon request. Military and veteran discounts are available. At present, we do not bill insurance directly. On request, we can provide clients with a superbill, which is an itemized receipt that includes the procedure and diagnostic codes. Clients submit superbills to their medical insurance provider for direct reimbursement.
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