Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Typical Acupuncture Treatment Like?
The first treatment will last approximately 60 minutes and includes a full health history and treatment. You will lay comfortable on a massage table with relaxing music during your treatment. Most people get deeply relaxed any many feel it is “more relaxing than a massage.”
Upon completion, a customized treatment plan will be developed. Follow up visits last 30-45 minutes. The number of treatments required depends on your condition. Many can be treated in 3-8 treatments, while chronic or degenerative conditions may require tune-ups after the initial series of treatments.
We use only single-use, disposable needles.
How Can Chinese Herbs Help?
Chinese herbal medicine is the most highly developed and most commonly used system of herbal medicine in the world. It can be used independently or together with acupuncture to treat a wide variety of health conditions. Herbs are given in standard combinations or formulas of approximately 4 – 15 herbs and are prescribed based on TCM pattern diagnosis. Herbs are combined to:
- Enhance the effects of similarly acting herbs
- Moderate or balance the effects of other herbs in the formula
- Treat multiple symptom patterns
- Treat both symptom and constitutional patterns simultaneously
There are over 400 individual herbs and 250 standard formulas in the Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica. They can be combined in almost infinite combinations to customize your treatment. Their effects, based on thousands of years of experience and refinement, include the following TCM treatment principals:
- Regulate and Nourish the Blood (think PMS/menopausal symptoms)
- Move the Blood (think pain)
- Tonify Qi (think fatigue)
- Warm the Interior (think arthritis that’s worse in winter)
- Calm the Spirit (think anxiety/stress/depression)
- Clear Heat (think hot sore throat, or hot rash)
- Transform Phlegm & Stop Cough
- Resolving Dampness (think stuffy nose/sinuses, or diarrhea)
- Relieve Food Stagnation
Herbs are from reputable suppliers who test for insecticides and heavy metals. Research and vast anecdotal evidence suggest that Chinese herbs may be safely combined with most western medication. You should inform your practitioner if you have high blood pressure, clotting disorders, or may be pregnant.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
NO! Acupuncture needles are extremely fine, flexible, and are about the diameter of a human hair. They are nothing like the hypodermic needles we remember as children and no medicine is forced into the muscle. Acupuncture needles are sterile, vacuum packaged, single-use and are disposed of after use. In almost all cases, insertion by a qualified practitioner is performed with a minimum of discomfort. Most patients find treatments very relaxing and many fall asleep during treatments. Treatments can also be tailored to patients using acupuncture styles with very shallow needle insertion. For the needle phobic patient, we can help you overcome your fear and many conditions can be well treated with Chinese Herbs only.
How Do I Choose an Acupuncturist?
New York’s acupuncture law is one of the oldest in the United States. Licensed practice was established here in 1975. You should seek out a licensed acupuncturist trained in an ACAOM approved school who is nationally board certified by the NCCAOM. ACAOM approval insures a well rounded education of at least 3 years duration in both Chinese and Western medical theory including a minimum of 700 clinical hours.
Most medical doctors and chiropractors who practice acupuncture have only 150-200 hours of total training. While their western medical background may provide additional benefits, they are not versed in the subtleties of TCM. Be sure to ask about their background and experience. Finally, choose someone you feel comfortable with, who will answers your questions, and willingly communicates expectations and feedback.
What Does Acupuncture Treatment Cost?
Question and Answer (15 min Q&A) – No Charge
Acupuncture (60-90 min) – prices vary depending on insurance coverage
First Chinese Herbal Consult (30 min)- $70
Follow Herbal Consult (15 min)- $ 40
Induce Labor Acupuncture (45-60 min) – $40
Avoid medically induced labor with acupuncture treatments designed to naturally bring on labor. Did you know acupuncture can also help turn a breech baby into the correct position?
Auricular Acupuncture/ Stop Addiction/ Decrease Stress (30 min) – $20
Acupuncture done on the ear in a seated position. Relieves stress, detoxifies and helps with emotional, physical and psychological attributions involved with addictions such as smoking, alcohol, drugs, etc. A great treatment for high stress and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Will insurance cover treatment?
A greater number of insurance companies are covering acupuncture. Each health insurance plan is different but we will process your paperwork to ensure that you get the best coverage possible. Traditional Chinese Medicine is very flexible so treatment plans can be tailored to fit most budgets. Please schedule a consultation to discuss any special financial circumstances.
Flex Spending Account – Any acupuncture expense not covered by insurance can be paid using your flex spending account.
Motor Vehicle Accidents – If you have been in a motor vehicle accident and you have a valid No Fault insurance claim we can provide rehabilitation treatments at no cost.
Workers’ Compensation Case – If you have an active workers’ compensation case and you have a open claim we can provide you with rehabilitation treatments at no cost.