What is Acupuncture

Acupuncture Explained



 

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this non-invasive medical system to diagnosis and help millions of people get well and stay healthy. An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This activates the body’s Qi (pronounced “chee”) and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health. It can also improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

What will my Acupuncturist do?

During the initial exam a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist also may check your pulse and tongue and may conduct a physical exam. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of where Qi has become blocked or imbalanced. After the interview process, you may receive an acupuncture treatment. Visits with your acupuncturist may last from thirty to ninety minutes.

Why do they want to feel my pulse?

There are twelve pulse points on each wrist that your acupuncturist will palpate. Each position corresponds to a specific meridian and organ. Your acupuncturist will be looking for twenty-seven individual qualities that reflect overall health. If there are any problems, they may appear in the pulse.

Why do they want to look at my tongue?

The tongue is a map to the body. It reflects the general health of the organs and meridians. Your acupuncturist will look at the color, shape, cracks and coating on your tongue.

How many treatments will I need?

Treatment frequency and number of treatments needed depend on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem and the quality and quantity of your Qi. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take some months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes. An acupuncturist may suggest one or two treatments per week, or monthly visits for health maintenance and seasonal “tune-ups”.

 How much does it cost?

Rates vary and depend upon what procedures are performed. It is best to consult with your acupuncturist about cost.

Will my insurance cover acupuncture?

Insurance coverage varies from state to state. Please contact your insurance provider to learn what kind of care is covered or not covered. Here are a few questions to ask:

·        Will my plan cover acupuncture?

·        How many visits per calendar year?

·        Do I need a referral?

·        Do I have a co-pay?

·        Do I have a deductible? If yes, has it been met?

NOTE: All clients are responsible for paying for all treatments and visits at time of service. We do not file insurance claims, but will assist with the necessary paper work needed to submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.

 

Is acupuncture safe for children?

Yes, in some instances children actually respond more quickly than adults. If your child has an aversion to needles, your acupuncturist may massage the acupuncture points. This is called acupressure or tui na.

 



 

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