What does acupuncture help?
Treatment is tailored to the needs of every person and patients of any age or condition are welcomed, ranging from children to the elderly, the well to seriously ill. Listed are some of the ailments helped by acupuncture.
- Acute and Chronic Pain
- ADD, ADHD
- Addictions (food, smoking, alcohol, drug withdrawal)
- Backaches and Neck Pain
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Gynecological Disorders
- Immune Support
- Neurological & Muscle Complaints
- Respiratory Disorders
- Skin Conditions
- Weight Loss
- And many other conditions
Treatment is based on an extensive reading of your pulses and medical history. Our unique constitution not only determines our spirit and personality but also influences the ways we are most likely to go out of balance and become ill. Treatment is always individually planned and will change as your body progresses toward health.
The healing process begins with the first visit, where using traditional diagnostic skills, the practitioner assesses the balance of the Five Elements and uses acupuncture to achieve equilibrium. Please allow up to two hours for the first treatment. During this visit, a comprehensive evaluation of past and present medical history is completed. Depending on your condition and the length of the evaluation, an acupuncture treatment may or may not be done. For subsequent visits, please allow one hour.
Frequency of Visits
The duration and frequency of treatment depends on various factors including how long you have suffered from your complaint and its severity. New patients are usually seen once or twice a week and then less frequently as progress occurs. By the fourth or fifth visit, a determination of the number of additional treatments required can usually be indicated.
People interested in maintaining peak health seek acupuncture treatment before incurring an illness. Acupuncture is an effective preventative medicine helping patients have a stronger immune system to ward off illness and daily stress.
Does Acupuncture Conflict with Other Medical Treatments?
Acupuncture is gentle and compatible with medication and other healing modalities. However, it is best not to receive acupuncture on the same day as chiropractic, massage or other forms of body work in order to receive the maximum benefit from both.
The needles used in acupuncture are solid and as slender as a human hair, pre-sterilized and individually packaged. The are disposable and used only once. The insertion and removal of acupuncture needles is relatively painless, followed by a sensation such as tingling, ache, or warmth that usually subsides within seconds.
The number of needles used and where they are placed depends on your individual needs. Five Element Acupuncture calls for the use of as few needles as possible and placement of the needles may be quite distant from the site of the pain.
The cost of the initial visit, lasting 90 minutes to 2 hours: $210
Follow-Up Visits: $115
If a patient’s insurance reimburses for acupuncture treatments, I will provide the superbill needed for reimbursement. The patient is responsible for determining what portion of their treatment will be covered and payment is required at time of treatment.