FAQs About our Practice
Where are you located?
What is your approach?
I use a blend of various Chinese medicine modalities, including acupuncture, Zhineng qigong, and Hunyuan Qi Therapy. I come to our work together with the philosophy that your body is designed for healing. We’ll work together to create a holistic approach to help your body heal everything from acute issues to chronic states of discomfort and disease.
Does this mean that all your symptoms will disappear overnight, you’ll never feel bad again, and you’ll magically have all the energy in the world? Nope. But does it mean that you can live a healthy life that feels good, no matter where you’re starting from right now? Absolutely.
FAQs About Acupuncture
Does acupuncture work?
Short answer: yes.
Acupuncture has been a treatment of choice for around 3,000 years. In fact, it’s likely that more people have been treated by Chinese medicine throughout history than by any other formalized system of medicine, making it is the oldest continuously practiced medical system in the world and is used by one third of the world’s population as a primary health care system. Because of its relatively low cost and its noninvasive nature, acupuncture has become a highly popular form of complementary health care in the United States.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed acupuncture treatment for over 40 conditions including:
- all types of pain
- menstrual issues
- high blood pressure
- respiratory issues
- digestive problems (including nausea and vomiting resulting from chemotherapy)
- sleep disorders
- depression/emotional disorders
- And many more. Here’s the whole list.
Acupuncture is also helpful for many chronic illnesses and health concerns that have no clear origin or cause. Patients committed to a healthy lifestyle who receive ongoing acupuncture treatment for maintenance and health promotion often experience:
- Longer periods of health and recovering more quickly from illness
- Improvement of vitality and stamina
- Greater success in managing their own health
- Relationships with others deepening and becoming more harmonious
- Reductions in long term health care costs
How often should I expect to come?
To get the most benefit from treatment, patients are asked to commit to coming 1-2x a week for at least eight weeks. The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so each treatment builds on the previous one. As patients experience improvement in their condition and a state of well-being is maintained, treatments can be spaced out to every 2 weeks, monthly, or seasonally.
What happens during appointments?
Your first appointment will be a 30 minute consultation to determine if Chinese Medicine is a good fit for you. If so, your next visit will be an hour-long thorough medical evaluation, short physical exam, and your first needle treatment. Follow-ups are 45 minutes.
Does it hurt?
There is no prolonged sensation upon insertion. Some points are more sensitive than others, however most patients report the sensation as fleeting and deeply relaxing.
Are the needles safe?
Yes. Only sterile, disposable, single use needles are used.
What can I do to make treatment more effective?
For each visit it’s recommended that you:
- Avoid a very hot bath, shower or sauna within 3 to 4 hours, before and after.
- Avoid coffee and alcohol within 24 hours, before and after.
- Avoid drugs except those prescribed by your physician.
- Do not wear cosmetics, fragrance or use scented products.
- Set aside time to arrive relaxed.
- Avoid strenuous exercise directly before or after, if it is not your routine.
- Avoid eating heavily just before or after.
- Avoid smoking 3 to 4 hours before and after treatment.
- Do not drink cold fluids for 4 hours following treatment.
Do I need to be sick or in pain to find benefits in acupuncture?
Absolutely not! And, we’ve never met anyone who didn’t have at least five symptoms that they are managing. It is also a great form of preventative medicine. People who come in curious often leave with a greater sense of peace and perspective. Acupuncture is known to boost the immune system so colds and flus become less frequent.
Will getting acupuncture conflict with other medical treatments I'm getting?
This is a great question to ask in your first session, because I’ll be able to tell you a definitive yes or no when I know exactly what other treatments you’re getting. But generally speaking, acupuncture is compatible with — and often enhances — other treatments, including those from Western medicine.
Is acupuncture covered by insurance?
HYH is in-network with BC/BS, CareFirst and Aetna insurance companies. Yet, coverage depends on your insurance plan. The easiest way to find out if you are covered for acupuncture benefits is to set up an appointment for a consultation membership number, date of birth and the provider benefits number on the back of the card. At no cost to you, we will inquire about whether you have coverages, and if you do the details, such as, type of coverage, if you have a deductible to meet, and the medical co-pay or co-insurance at the time of service. For out-of-network plans, you pay in full at the time of service and then you will be given a receipt to file with your insurance company.
Do you offer concessions on your services for certain populations?
I don’t offer concessions on my services, as they are just that — services that require a significant energetic investment on both our parts that needs to be honored with a financial investment as well.
That being said, I do have some options for you:
(1) There are some community acupuncturists in the area who do offer acupuncture at reduced rates. I’m happy to recommend you if you want to work with them.
(2) I also offer payment plans for bigger treatment packages. If you’d like to know more about this, please book a consult.
(3) Your body is designed to heal — which means that there’s a lot you can do to improve your wellbeing even if you never see me.
One of the easiest ways to do this is with Zhineng qigong. I’d recommend signing up for a month of classes I offer during the year. Send me an email if you’d like to discuss. Frankly, I believe that if you incorporated qigong into your routine 1-2 times per day, you’d see really great results that over time, fulfill the same needs that acupuncture could fulfill for you.
I still have more questions.
We would be happy to answer your questions. Reach out here.
FAQs About Our Other Healing Modalities
Chinese Medicine is the oldest known, complete medical system.
It’s a system because it’s designed to treat all of the person regardless of where the disease or pain is showing up in the body.
When you become a patient, there are a variety of tools used in addition to the hair-thin needles of acupuncture. Based on your progress to get to the desired result, the following tools may also be used:
Moxabustion can dredge meridians and regulate qi-blood and has been used to prevent and cure diseases for more than 2500 years.
Cupping targets soft tissue by applying local pressure with glass, silicone or bamboo cups to areas of pain. The suction increases blood flow within vessels and capillaries, tissues receive much-needed nutrients and oxygen. The round, red circles left by the cups are not bruises but depending on the shade of red, is helpful to the practitioner in assessing the injury for next steps.
E-Stim: Small electrode clips are attached to needles on specific points during a regular acupuncture session. The electrodes are part of a machine that generates a low-grade electrical impulse at a specific frequency and intensity.
Gua sha: A modality in which the practitioner uses medicated oil and a flat tool such as jade stone and applies steady, even pressure via short or long strokes . This action stimulates microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. Great for pain, fascia release, stimulating the immune system by helping to prevent or expel a cold or the flu.
Acu-essential oils: Essential oils or plant essences are applied to acupuncture points instead of needles. This process has an amazing and energetic effect on the body for all types of diseases. Great for patients who don’t like needles including children.
An hour-long process where we discuss food – not carbs or protein, but actually what you’re eating, how you’re eating, where you’re eating and what you observe to see where you might need to tweak what is supposed to be a pleasurable and nourishing experience several times a day.
Zhineng Qigong (medical qigong)
Zhineng Qigong (medical qigong) is a series of body movements, but really a life practice that inexorably leads to improved health, an experience of inner peace, balance, joy and the unfolding of your inherent wisdom.
You might have an impression of qigong as that thing old people do in the park, and you might be right. (Although you might also be thinking of tai chi, which is actually just one type of qigong.) Qigong is a practice of energy work that’s used to make sure everything in your body is flowing properly –– energy, or qi, included. The foundational theory here is that when the parts of your body, mind, and spirit work in harmony, you’ll stay well and feel good. There’s so much more to this healing modality (and I’m happy to tell you more about it when we speak) but all you need to know right now is that it’s a way of working with all the elements of your self to create a state of wellbeing.
Hunyuan Qi Therapy (medical qigong)
Hunyuan Qi Therapy (medical qigong) as part of the Zhineng Qigong system does not treat only the symptoms of disease, but addresses maladies at their root. Its approach is both holistic and scientifically proven.
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