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Questions (6)

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Most patients find acupuncture very relaxing and pain-free. Sensations of ‘De Qi’ are often or tingling experienced which produce a heavy, achy, warm sensation or sensation of the body’s energy moving under the needle site.

How does Acupuncture work?

Chinese Medicine theories incorporate a holistic approach to understanding the human body as an organic “whole” which is connected by life force energy or “Qi” (pronounced “chee”). The Qi flows along pathways know as meridians or “jing luo”. when the bodies meridians are blocked, energy does not flow smoothly, causing pain and disease. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine restore the balance to the body. Energy can become unbalanced by poor diet, trauma, stress, mediation, hereditary factors,

What are the needles like?

The needles are as thick as a few human hairs and have a pine tree needle shaped tip – unlike hypodermic needles used to give injections, acupuncture needles have no cutting surface. Acupuncture needles are single-use sterile needles that are discarded after each use.
Chinese Herbal medicine utilizes ancient recipes or formulations of plant materials and other natural substances to treat disharmonies in the body that cause pain and disease. The combination of substances is an intricate science handed down for thousands of years via ancient texts. Chinese herbal medicine can be taken as pills but also customized prescription teas. Combining Acupuncture with

Can I combine Herbal medicine with prescription Meds?

Generally speaking, there are no conflicts with prescription medications however, full disclosure of current prescriptions taken by the patient at the first visit is required to check for interactions. Unlike western herbal medicine, Chinese herbal medicine formulations are complex integrations of substances that balance negative effects of each other, rarely causing side-effects or interactions with prescription medications like single herb substances often can.
The length and frequency of treatment varies for each individual. As the condition improves, fewer visits are required.

Does my insurance cover?

Please call your insurance company to determine your coverage, the number of visits covered and your copay amount if you intend to use your health insurance for acupuncture treatment prior to your first visit.
Laurie currently accept MVP, Excellus, Cigna, United Health Care, Aetna with no physician referral. Veterans Administration and No Fault accepted with a current referral/case.
Unfortunately there are no insurance policies that cover Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Learn more about oriental medicine

Check out the trailer to the right of an award winning documentary called East Meets West: Oriental Medicine and the Future of Health Care in America. This is a great documentary which talks about Oriental Medicine’s past, how it effects the the future of health care! To check out their website, click the link below.

East Meets West Documentary Website


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