Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of conditions can acupuncture help?
Acupuncture can help with conditions like pain (low back, neck, shoulder, knee, etc.), anxiety, insomnia, allergies/nasal congestion, asthma, infertility, arthritis, depression, dysmenorrhea/other menstrual complaints, carpal tunnel, headaches, migraines, stomach pain, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, breathing difficulty, hypochondriac pain, neuropathy, TMJ pain, and many more complaints. Cosmetic acupuncture can also help with signs of aging, scarring, skin dexterity and texture, and other skin irregularities. These are just a few conditions that acupuncture can help with, but acupuncture can help with so many more complaints and simply to maintain great health.
How long does it take to see results?
Every patient reacts differently to acupuncture. Some patients see immediate results on the acupuncture table or when they go home, other patients notice results a few days after their treatment, and others don’t see results until after a few treatments. The typical standard of expectation is for every month living with the pain or condition your acupuncturist addresses expect to see substantial results within that many weeks or treatments. More frequent and closer together appointments helps speed that process along. Most patients should start between 1-3 treatments/week and then can reduce as symptoms and complaints resolve. Cosmetic acupuncture typically takes 6-8 treatments to see significant results.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture should not hurt. Some acupuncture points have a strong effect and can cause different sensations when inserted. Normal sensations during acupuncture can include an achy, dull fullness and sometimes a quick prick, but a stronger sensation may be felt along a whole channel to the hands or feet. Many patient describe the feeling similar to a weighted blanket on their body. If any of the acupuncture points cause a sharp pain, they are adjusted to ease that response to comfortable level throughout the treatment.
Do you have to go to school to be an acupuncturist?
Absolutely! The bare minimum educational standard for acupuncturists in the United States is a Master's degree. This typically includes an undergraduate (3-4 year) degree or equivalency before starting an acupuncture program (minimum of 3 years) to get the Master's degree required to obtain an acupuncture license. This typically includes over 7 years of education to be able to practice acupuncture in the US. In addition, practitioners can continue their education to obtain their a Doctorate degree. This is the path I personally took, and I have my Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
What should I bring and wear to my acupuncture appointments?
For your first acupuncture treatment please bring a list of all prescriptions and supplements you are currently taking, past surgeries, diagnosed conditions and all other pertinent health information. Make sure to eat a small meal or snack at least 30 minutes before your acupuncture treatment and wear comfortable, loose clothing that can be rolled up to your elbows and knees. If you have pain in a specific area, wear clothing that will allow access to that area or can be removed to access it. All of my health history forms can be done ahead of time online or printed at home to bring in. You can stop in before your first treatment to pick up the new patient paperwork to fill out ahead of time if you wish as well.
Should I consider Chinese herbs?
As with everything in Chinese medicine, this depends on the individual. For patients that experience body pain, acupuncture and exercise is the first recommendation. Conditions that are considered more internal or chronic, such as anxiety, depression, infertility, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, menstrual complaints, headache, abdominal pain, nasal congestion, and numerous others, respond amazingly with Chinese herbs. Some patients are not candidates for Chinese herbs based on prescriptions, medical conditions, and other factors so it is always important to tell your practitioner about your health status when talking about herbal supplements.
What health products do you sell?
I sell health medicinals like Chinese herbal formulas, pain relieving liniments, creams, and patches, high quality supplements, CBD oil and gummies, and elderberry syrup kits. I have many blends of Starwest Botanicals’ organic loose leaf teas and essential oils. I also offer products like organic lip balms, face serums, beard oil, organic essential oil singles and other essential oil blends. Other home products include rice hot and cold packs, menstrual cups, nasal cleansing pots and salts, and other women's' health products. Delicious local, raw honey from my own bee hives in is available as well.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not submit directly to insurance, but I am able to provide a “Super Bill” for patients to submit to their insurance. If acupuncture is covered by your insurance, you will get directly reimbursed from your insurance company.
Do you accept credit cards?
Yes! I accept cash, check, debit and credit cards.
What is your cancellation policy?
I have a 24-hour cancellation policy. If you cancel/reschedule less than 24 hours before your scheduled appointment, there is a $50 late cancellation fee. If you are later than 10 minutes or do not show up for your appointment, your appointment will need to be rescheduled, and you will be charged the full price of the missed appointment.
I am wheelchair bound, can I still get acupuncture?
Absolutely! The front entrance is accessible. Acupuncture can be done while you are sitting in your own wheel chair with the same effectiveness as laying on my acupuncture tables. If travel is not an option, please contact me and we can discuss potential in-home visits.
If you have any other questions, call or email me to get individual answers I did not address.