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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

 

Acupuncture

 

How does acupuncture work?
What conditions does acupuncture treat?
Do the needles hurt?
How long is a treatment?
How quickly can I expect to feel better?
How many treatments will I need and how often do I need treatments?
As acupuncture improves my condition, can I stop taking prescription medications?

Preparation for the Acupuncture Treatment

What happens in the initial assessment?
Should I bring any information for my first treatment?
How should I dress for the treatment?
Should I eat anything before my treatment?

Cost/Payment Methods

Will my insurance pay for acupuncture?
What forms of payment are accepted?

Natural Chinese Herbs

How are natural Chinese herbs used?
What form are the natural Chinese herbal formulas?
Are natural Chinese herbs safe?

Acupuncture Infertility

How does acupuncture support fertility?
Can I do acupuncture with assistive reproductive technology, such as IVF?

Acupuncture

How does acupuncture work?
From the Oriental medicine perspective, health is maintained by the smooth flow of life energy or Qi (pronounced “chee” ) through pathways in our bodies called channels or meridians. Chinese medicine uses tiny needles to access and activate qi in these channels which helps nurture the body back to health by helping resolve energy imbalances.

What conditions does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are extremely successful in the treatment of a multitude of conditions. Many people try Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a “last resort” to serious and complex medical problems and find that it can help them when other treatments could not. The following is a list of some of the conditions that acupuncture treats, but is not meant to be exhaustive: allergies/asthma, stress/anxiety, insomnia, depression, chronic pain, backaches, menstrual irregularities, menopausal problems, joint & muscle pain, migraines/headaches, neurological disorders, digestive ailments, smoking and other addictions, and weight control issues. If you do not see your condition on this list, please call us to discuss it.

Acupuncture is also often used as a preventative medicine. Many people see their acupuncturist only 2-4 times a year for a “tune up” or “balancing” treatment. This can prevent disease and promote health, energy and vitality.

Do the needles hurt?
People experience the needling sensation differently, however, acupuncture needles are rarely described as painful, and can be quickly adjusted if the patient feel’s any discomfort. If any unpleasant sensation is experienced during insertion, it is often compared to a mosquito bite and disappears very quickly.

How long is a treatment?
The initial assessment normally takes about an hour. Following that, you should allocate one hour for a treatment.

How quickly can I expect to feel better?
In general, we tell our patients they should start to feel the benefits from acupuncture in 2-3 treatments. If the problem is acute, sometimes improvement is felt after 1 treatment, and may only need 3-5 treatments to resolve. If the problem is chronic and long term, it may take many treatments to help resolve.

How many treatments will I need and how often do I need treatments?
As part of your first visit, you will be evaluated based on your symptoms, a Chinese diagnosis will be made and explained to you. The diagnosis will determine how often and how many treatments you will need. In general, acute conditions of recent onset may only require two or three treatments. Chronic conditions usually require more treatments to achieve sustained results.

Typically we treat patients once a week. If the condition is acute and painful, we may want to do treatments 2-3 times per week for the first couple of weeks. The benefits of acupuncture treatments tend to hold longer as you receive treatments, so what typically happens is that our patients start to need to see us less and less, so after a while they come periodically for maintenance.

As acupuncture improves my condition, can I stop taking prescription medications?
Acupuncture may improve your condition to the point that medication(s) may not be necessary at the same levels. As you start to notice a difference in your condition, we ask that you do not stop taking or change you medication levels without discussing this with your medical doctor first.

Preparation for the Acupuncture Treatment

What happens in the initial assessment?
Your first visit will begin with an in-depth assessment of your condition and an initial treatment. The intake and treatment may take up to 90 minutes, depending on your condition. Typical follow-up treatments last approximately 60 minutes.

During the assessment, you may be asked about things that you might not think are connected to your chief complaint, such as your emotions, sleeping patterns, and eating habits. Chinese medicine considers the whole person, not just one isolated symptom. When put together, the myriad of symptoms and signs you are experiencing reveal patterns of disharmony. Although treatment will focus on your chief complaint, your whole being must be considered in order to develop the most appropriate course of treatment. Chinese medicine is unique in that it appreciates that illnesses may be identical, but the persons suffering from them are individuals.

Should I bring any information for my first treatment?
Please bring a list of current medications you are taking, including any prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins. Please bring any lab or medical reports relevant to your condition.

How should I dress for the treatment?
Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Acupuncture points are located all over the body. Many of the acupuncture points that are commonly used are located between the wrists and elbows and the ankles and knees. You will be more comfortable if your clothing can be easily rolled up to your elbows and knees. If necessary, we will use sheet as cover up, similar to what you are accustomed to at your medical doctor’s office.

Should I eat anything before my treatment?
Eat a light meal a few hours prior to your visit. Acupuncture is not performed on individuals who are fasting. Being over-hungry increases the risk of nausea or dizziness. At the same time, please do not overeat or eat any foods that cause your stomach to be upset (for example, rich, greasy, fried, or extremely spicy foods). Avoid alcohol on the day of your treatment. Acupuncture is not performed on intoxicated individuals due to the increased risk of shock. It is also not advisable to become intoxicated shortly after treatment.

Cost/Payment Methods

Will my insurance pay for acupuncture?
We do participate with a number of insurance companies. If you call us with your insurance ID and date of birth, we can check with your insurance company to verify if you have acupuncture coverage and what it is. We also participate in many different Alternative and Complementary Medicine Discount programs that are available through most major insurance companies including: Blue Cross/ Blue Shield; Aetna, Cigna and Coventry. To find out further information please call us, Timonium 410.337.9293 or Lewes, DE 410.241.7467.

What forms of payment are accepted?
We accept cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and debit cards.

Natural Chinese Herbs

How are natural Chinese herbs used?
Herbal medicine is by itself a powerful method of healing. Western drugs are usually used to control symptoms but do not alter the disease process. For example: antibiotics kill bacteria but do not improve a person’s resistance to infection; diuretics drain excess fluid from the body but do not improve the kidney function. Chinese herbs can also rid the body of disease but they also nourish and balance the body in very specific ways, thereby improving organ function and building up a person’s constitution and immune system.

In Maryland, acupuncturists are not required to be trained in Chinese herbs in order to prescribe them. However, Pat and Denise have both received formal training in Chinese herbs.

What form are the natural Chinese herbal formulas?
Chinese herbal formulas may be dispensed in many different forms, from teas to pills. For the convenience of our patients, most of the formulas we prescribe are in tablet/pill form.

Are natural Chinese herbs safe?
Chinese Medicine has been used as front line medicine by the majority of the world’s population since before recorded history, and is still the most widely utilized medical system in the world today. Adverse reactions to Chinese herbs are extremely rare. They can be taken in combination with standard prescription drugs, but one should always ask your doctor before taking any herbs.

Acupuncture Infertility

How does acupuncture support fertility?
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have a long history of benefiting fertility in many ways. Benefits for women include:

  • Improvements in your uterine lining
  • Increased blood flow to your uterus
  • Regulation of your hormones
  • Reduction of your stress associated with fertility problems
  • Improved function of your ovaries
  • Increased conception with or without ART
  • Increased live birth rates
  • Lower rates of ectopic pregnancies

And for men

  • Improved semen quality and quantity
  • Reduce stress and improve well being

Can I do acupuncture with assistive reproductive technology, such as IVF?
Women undergoing IVF were 65 percent more likely to become pregnant when they combined the procedure with acupuncture, a recent study has shown.

The remarkable success rate occurred across seven acupuncture trials involving 1,366 women in a systematic review and meta-analysis published in a February, 2008 issue of the British Medical Journal.

Acupuncture was delivered either just before or just after embryo transfer – the moment when the embryo fertilized in the laboratory must attach itself to the wall of the womb to establish a pregnancy.

The research was carried out by scientists from the University of Maryland in America and the VU University Amsterdam in Holland. Researchers claim that because acupuncture costs only about $75 per session compared to $6000 to $10,000 per cycle for IVF, it would be a cost effective, safe and efficient way of boosting success rates in fertility treatment.

It is thought that acupuncture stimulates the neurotransmitters that trigger the production of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone, which controls the menstrual cycle and a woman’s ovulation. Acupuncture is also thought to stimulate blood flow to the uterus and boost the production of endgenous opioids, indoucing the body to relax.

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