Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions 2017-07-17T09:30:20+00:00

Current Treatment Fees

Initial acupuncture evaluation and treatment – $150

Follow up acupuncture treatment – $85

Herbal medications and supplements are separate and typically range in price from $12 – $25 per week

Does acupuncture work? How many treatments will I need?

Yes, acupuncture works to relieve many health conditions. The number of treatments required to resolve health care issues depends on many factors including how long you have had the condition and its severity. Typically, patients feel positive changes in their health after three to four weekly treatments. Please note, the initial treatment plan usually includes weekly treatments for 4-6 weeks, with 1-2 sessions per week. Once you are feeling better treatments are spaced out to biweekly or further, depending on your situation. The best results come from focused, weekly treatment accompanied by herbal medicine therapy. Generally, the longer your have suffered from your condition, or the more severe the symptoms, the longer a course of treatment. Once your condition is resolved, most patients move to monthly, or even seasonal treatment.

How long is a treatment?

The first treatment typically lasts between 60 and 90 minutes and follow up treatments last 45 to 60 minutes.

What happens at my first treatment?

At the first treatment we’ll discuss your general health, focusing on symptoms you experience and in-depth information on your chief complaint(s). Once we complete this 20-30 minute discussion, we’ll gather more information by inspecting your tongue and feeling the radial pulse in both arms. Acupuncture begins after this intake is completed.

Once the acupuncture needles are inserted, they remain in place for approximately 20 to 30 minutes. As part of your treatment, you may also receive gua sha, cupping, moxa or heat lamp therapy. After the treatment is completed we discuss your treatment plan including how many treatments are needed for maximum efficacy and any lifestyle, dietary or herbal recommendations.

How many needles will you use?

The number and location of needles varies from person to person and by complaint.

What do the needles feel like? Does acupuncture hurt?

Normally, people feel very slight sensations with the needles, including heaviness, achiness, itching, or tingling. Acupuncture treatments are typically very relaxing and often people fall asleep during treatment. Some people feel very relaxed and slightly spacey after treatment, although sometimes people feel very energized.

Before Your Treatment Checklist:

  • If you typically brush your tongue coat, please refrain from this practice on the day of your treatment.
  • Please dress in comfortable clothing that can expose your arms to the elbows, your legs to the knees, and your abdomen.
  • Eat normally, and be sure to have at least a small meal 1-2 hours before treatment.
  • Refrain from rigorous exercise, mild exercise is okay, and often desirable.

After Your Treatment Checklist:

  • If you are given herbs or supplements, take them as prescribed. For maximum results you will need to take them 2-3 times a day.
  • Drink plenty of water after treatment – acupuncture, cupping, and gua sha can release toxins from your system that need to be flushed out.
  • Do what you can daily to reduce stress – deep breathing, meditation, relaxation exercises or time in nature. Remember, stress is a major factor in disease.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes. Only single-use, sterile, pre-packaged needles are used for treatment, and immediately disposed of after each use. We are certified in Clean Needle Technique. Acupuncture treatment can be used to support conventional medical treatment or can be used alone on a wide variety of medical conditions.

Are Chinese herbs safe?

Yes. The herbs we recommend are thoroughly tested for contaminants including pesticides, heavy metals, fungicides, and microbes. They are produced at a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) approved facility. We can provide more information on specific herbal manufacturing companies at the time of your treatment.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept credit cards, checks and cash and payment is due at the time of service. We do not file insurance, but can provide you with a receipt for medical treatment to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement, if acupuncture is covered in your plan.