FAQs

How to prepare for your session



Please eat a light meal and avoid any foods or beverages that stain the tongue. Your therapist may look at your tongue as part of the intake. Pulse diagnosis and tongue diagnosis are important tools that a Chinese Medicine practitioner utilizes to develop a treatment plan. Please wear loose and comfortable clothing as the therapist may need to access your limbs during the treatment. If you fill out paperwork ahead of time, please bring it with you and arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment time to check in and get settled. If you need to fill out paperwork at the office, please arrive 20 minutes early. Due to the fast pace and high volume of patients, if you do not arrive in a timely manner we may not be able to see you and may reschedule your appointment to the next available time slot.


What to expect?



We will start with an initial consultation to get to know you, review your medical history, and discuss your current health condition. The practitioner will palpate pulses and look at your tongue and then develop a personalized healing plan specific to your needs and begin with your first acupuncture treatment.


How long will treatments take?



The initial visit will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes, which will include a consultation and an acupuncture treatment. Follow-up treatments typically last approximately 45 minutes.


What are your fees?



Please refer to the price chart on our Appointments page.


What form of payment do you accept?



We accept cash, check, and major credit cards.


Do you accept health insurance?



No, we do not accept health insurance. We are able to provide receipts that you may send to your insurance carrier for reimbursement. It is your responsibility to ask for these receipts at the end of each session.


Can acupuncture be used to treat children?



Depending on the condition, acupuncture may be used to treat pediatric conditions. Pediatric Tui-Na, a form of therapeutic Chinese massage geared towards children aged 1-12, is the main treatment modality for children. To learn more about Pediatric Tui-Na, please read the following
article.

If you are interested in treatment for a child, please schedule an appointment for a focused therapeutic session as it allows the therapist more time and it also creates space for your child to receive direct attention which may not be possible in the community setting.


What kind of conditions does acupuncture treat?



In general acupuncture is well known for treating pain including headaches, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, arthritic joint pain, and sciatica. Acupuncture is also well known for treating stress, anxiety, insomnia, menstrual complaints, allergies and digestive issues to name a few. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is a holistic medical system and can be used to treat and manage various chronic and seasonal issues. We encourage all our patients to see their primary care physician regarding their health conditions and create a joint treatment plan in concert with other healthcare providers.


Are Chinese herbal formulas safe?



Chinese herbal formulas can be used to supplement the acupuncture treatment regime and enhance the healing process. When administered by a trained herbologist and used correctly, Chinese herbs have proven to be a safe, effective, and natural remedy to aid the body’s normal healing process.


What is NCCAOM?



The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization which ensures that practitioners of acupuncture and oriental medicine are properly trained. This organization administers professional certification through licensure exams on a national level and maintains the national standards for the practice of acupuncture and oriental medicine.

To learn more about this organization please click on the appropriate link below:
NCCAOM® General Information
National Standards


What is a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine?



A Diplomate of Oriental Medicine is a practitioner certified by the NCCAOM who has met national standards to practice acupuncture, Chinese herbology, and Asian bodywork therapy. To learn more about the Diplomate of Oriental Medicine please click
here.