What can I expect at the Initial Visit?
The Initial Exam begins with a comprehensive interview, review of medical history and prior testing, and a physical assessment. The primary
object of the first appointment is to assess the underlying conditions that have led to your current concern. It is best to bring any medical reports or studies for review at this time. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions
regarding acupuncture and your treatment plan. Expect to spend 1 ½ - 2 hours for this initial evaluation and treatment. It is best to
wear loose and comfortable clothing for acupuncture treatments. Because Classical
Five Element Acupuncture uses sensory components in the diagnostic exam, it is important to come with no perfume and
makeup to result in a more accurate diagnosis.
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How many treatments and how often?
There is no set formula for the number and frequency of treatments. Typically, the longer
a problem is present, more treatments are required to bring sustained improvement in symptoms. I generally recommend 4- 6 weekly appointment to assess if the treatment plan is helping. The success of the treatment
is dependent on many factors and each patient
How do I get the most out of my treatment?
If possible, schedule your day so that you can take it easy after an appointment. Chinese wisdom regarding acupuncture suggests avoiding extremes after a treatment. You will want to avoid strenuous exercise, straining emotional or mental work, and alcohol for 24 hrs after a treatment. The relaxed feeling you achieve or the night’s restful sleep is considered a healing sign of the treatment.
Is Acupuncture covered by insurance?
Some insurance plans cover or partially cover acupuncture. Check with your insurance carrier to find out about your plan. I am not a participating provider with any insurance company, but can provide the necessary medical receipts for you to submit to your insurer for reimbursement. All charges are due at the time of service. At this time, I accept cash or checks.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncturists are required to follow strict protocols regarding the use of sterile, disposable single-use needles to ensure safety for all patients. For some conditions, I may ask that you continue to see your primary MD to allow traditional monitoring of the medical condition in addition to the complementary treatment received through acupuncture.
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