FAQs

'Real Knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance'

- Confucius

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body. In the United States, where practitioners incorporate healing traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries, acupuncture is considered part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
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Is Acupuncture safe?

Relatively few complications from the use of acupuncture have been reported to the FDA, in light of the millions of people treated each year and the number of acupuncture needles used.
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Is Acupuncture painful?

Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people feel energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Improper needle placement, movement of the patient, or a defect in the needle can cause soreness and pain during treatment. This is why it is important to seek treatment from a qualified acupuncture practitioner.
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What can Acupuncture help with?

According to the World Health Organization study conducted in 2003, acupuncture can be helpful in the treatment of several conditions including:

Pain
Sciatica
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Tennis elbow
Arthritis
Fibromyalgia
Toothache
Asthma/Allergies
Sinusitis
Bronchitis

Indigestion
Constipation
Diarrhea
Ulcers
Nausea
IBS
Anxiety
Depression
Sleep disturbances
Headache/Migraine

Chronic fatigue
Stress
hypertension
High cholesterol
PMS
Infertility
Menopause
Incontinence
Urinary tract infections
Alcohol/Smoking addictions

The NCCAM have also found Acupucnture useful for treating several conditions.
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What should I expect from an Acupuncture treatment?

During your first office visit, the practitioner may ask you at length about your health condition, lifestyle, and behavior. The practitioner will want to obtain a complete picture of your treatment needs and behaviors that may contribute to your condition. Inform the acupuncturist about all treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have.
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How should I prepare for my Acupuncture treatment?

There is no need for any special preparation for the initial diagnosis. For Acupuncture treatments, it is best not te be hungry nor full. A gown will be provided if needed. Avoid wearing make up if possible.


How long is a treatment?

Most treatments last approximately one hour but since treatments are customized to each patient's needs, it could vary.


What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal medicine is the use of herbs combined in formulas and given as teas, capsules, tinctures, or powders, with the aim of preventing or treating diseases.
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What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion, in traditional Chinese medicine, is the use of heat from burning the herb moxa, on or near the skin at an acupuncture point, which is intended to stimulate the flow of qi and restore health.
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What is Cupping?

Cupping, in traditional Chinese medicine, is the applying of a heated cup to the skin to create a slight suction, which is used to promote health and treat disease.
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What is Tui Na?

Tui Na is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy or massage which is based on the flow of qi in the body. It is often used to allow the body to heal itself naturally using a variety of manipulation techniques.
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Can I use my insurance?

We accept Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance. However, each plan is different so please contact your insurance carrier for you plan's specific coverage.


How much does a treatment cost?

Since treatments are customized for each patient, the cost will vary based on the method used. The initial visit (consultation + treatment) is $180. Acupuncture treatments are $80 per hour. The following discounts are available for extended treatments: 5 sessions for $250 and 10 sessions for $450. Please call us at 703-538-6899 for additional information.