General Information/FAQs

Is it voodoo?

No, it's not, but it often seems magical or mysterious.

Does an acupuncture treatment hurt?

Usually not much at all - some compare the intensity of sensation to what is felt when pulling out a single hair. Any pain that is felt is typically only momentary. Most people become deeply relaxed and/or fall asleep once all points are placed. In any case, the slight pain you might experience is far less than what you are experiencing from your problem that made you consider acupuncture.

Why would I want to have an acupuncture treatment?

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Because acupuncture is part of a whole and logical medical system, there is almost always an approach for an acupuncturist to take in helping to manage a health problem (or even better, help you to remain pain and illness free).

In 1979, the World Health Organization published a short list of conditions seen as appropriate for treatment with acupuncture. This is not a complete list of conditions appropriate for treatment, but just some examples.

The list includes:

What happens during my first visit?

You'll need to fill out several forms, so please allow ample time before your consultation.

After paperwork is completed, you'll consult with your acupuncturist confidentially to discuss your health concern(s) and a treatment plan will be recommended for you. Your acupuncture treatment in a shared treatment room comes next.

You will remain fully dressed, but please wear comfortable clothing. You'll just have to roll your sleeves and pant legs up in order to get ready for your treatment as we use styles of acupuncture which allow us to select points primarily on the arms and legs.

While the results of acupuncture treatment can seem miraculous, there are no magic bullets. Most of the problems people seek treatment for have developed over an extended time period, so expecting immediate, lasting results is simply unrealistic. Most patients require repeated treatment before their problems are resolved.

Which leads to the next questions:

How much does it cost? Do you accept Medicare or XYZ insurance?

The community clinic model (several patients are treated at the same time in the same room) allows us to charge just $40! This is about what you can expect to pay for an insurance co-pay and is less than half of what you would pay for most private acupuncture treatment. I shall offer private treatment sessions for acupuncture and energy healing by request and fees ($60 - $100) will be determined at consultation time.

Acupuncture is now covered by HUSKY Health* and many insurance plans have added acupuncture coverage. Many plans that do have an acupuncture benefit often restrict what complaints can be treated while other plans offer a contracted treatment price to be paid by you at the time of service.  We are not a currently a participating acupuncture provider with any insurance plans, but would be happy to offer a receipt for your visit so you may submit it directly.

We accept cash, credit and debit cards, and HSA benefit cards.

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