Acupuncture  & herbs clinic

 

WHAT HAPPENS ON A FIRST APPOINTMENT?

The Acupuncturist will take a detailed health history, perform a physical exam, fully investigate the chief complaint and then providean acupuncture treatment and may recommend herbal or cupping therapy. Acupuncture needles are generally retained for 15-20 minutes. Depending on the complexity of yourcondition, the initial appointment may last up to 90 minutes. Time is spentdetermining an individualized treatment plan based on how your currentphysical, emotional and nutritional status. Return visit typically last less than one hour

HOW DOES IT WORK?

While acupuncture’s mechanism is still being investigated, multiple studies have provided evidence of its effectiveness and impact on human physiology. It has been found that acupuncture; 1) stimulates endorphins and other neurotransmitters to control pain 2) stimulates leukocytes to fight infection and boost immune response 3) stimulates nerve conduction to regenerate healthy tissue and restore muscle tone 4) promotes homeostatic normalization and regulation of body function. Insertion of small needles at specific locations of the body promotes the flow of oxygen, blood, nerve impulses and hormones.

DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?

Ninety-five percent of the time, patients feel no pain. However, with chronic illnesses and first-time patients, there may be a tingling or heat sensation as muscles relax and circulation and nerve function are restored.

IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE?

The acupuncture needles used during treatment are terile, single use disposable needles that are discarded after use. Patient afety is a primary concern, so needling is always done with patient safety in mind.

HOW DEEPLY ARE THE NEEDLES INSERTED?

The depth of insertion can be different depending on the location of the acupoint. Although the average depth is approximately one-half inch, it can be as little as one- tenth of an inch, or up to five inches, depending upon specific location and the individual.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR ACUPUNCTURE?

Wear comfortable clothing that allows access up to the knees and elbows. It is not recommended that you receive acupuncture if you are extremely tired or hungry. Eat at least a small snack 30 minutes before the appointment so you do not come on an empty stomach.

IS ACUPUNCTURE COVERED BY INSURANCE?

Yes, today most insurance plans cover acupuncture. We can contact your insurance provider to determine if acupuncture treatments are covered.