Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

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How Does Acupuncture Work?

The modern scientific explanation is that placing needles in the body stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.

The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities and promotes physical and emotional well-being.

How can Acupuncture and Complementary medicine help me?

While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, in the hands of a well-trained practitioner, it has much broader applications. Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used or as a support to other medical treatments. Acupuncture is beneficial in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:

  • Digestive disorders

  • Gastritis and hyper acidity

  • Chemotherapy induced and Postoperative nausea and vomiting

  • Spastic colon

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Postoperative pain

  • Respiratory disorders

  • Sinusitis

  • Bronchitis

  • Asthma

  • Recurrent chest infections

  • Neurological and muscular disorders

  • Headaches

  • Facial tics

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Tennis elbow

  • Knee pain

  • Tendinitis

  • Neck pain

  • Rib pain

  • Low back pain

  • Sciatica

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Urinary problems

  • Menstrual and reproductive problems

  • Tension, stress and anxiety

  • Smoking cessation

  • Weight-loss promotion

  • and more

What is Complementary versus Alternative Medicine?

According to the national center for complementary and integrative health (NCCIH),  30 percent of american adults use health care that was developed outside the mainstream Western or conventional medicine. A non-western practice that is used along side western medicine is considered complementary. A non-western practice that is used in place of conventional care is considered alternative. Most people who get acupuncture or other non-Western treatment use it as a compliment to conventional treatment. 

How many treatments will I need?

Usually, a series of treatments are necessary to resolve a condition. Each case and condition is treated individually. A consultation is required to determine the recommended duration and frequency of treatment. 

What AMOUNT of Education have you completed?

I completed a bachelors of science in biomedical science at Drexel University before starting acupuncture school. I attended the Won Institute for Graduate Studies for my acupuncture education. The Master of Acupuncture degree involves at least 2,500 hours (that's three years) of combined acupuncture, bio-medicine, and clinical training.  I am currently completing a Doctor of Acupuncture program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. 

What is a Doctor of Acupuncture (D.Ac.)?

A Doctor of Acupuncture has completed additional training in research, integrative medicine, communication, and case management. This allows us to offer expanded wellness care and become an integrative part of your healthcare team. Talk to us about how we can share our treatment goals and outcomes with your primary care or referring physician.

What is a Diplomate of Acupuncture?

A Diplomate of Acupuncture is an acupuncturist who is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®). It is a considerable professional achievement to earn this designation. NCCAOM certification indicates that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Acupuncture needles are tiny and are often compared to a human hair. Most people do not feel or are not bothered by the sensation of the needles being placed. Many people find themselves relaxed and some even nap during their treatment. 

Do you Take Insurance?

My practice accepts all insurance for acupuncture patients. In order to best serve you we can begin the insurance verification process during your info session or first appointment.  Click the link below to schedule your info session and start feeling better today!