The following information answers some of the most frequent questions raised concerning initial visits for traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture:
What is acupuncture used for?
The World Health Organization has put together a long list of conditions that acupuncture can treat, and this list is from from absolute.
Acid Reflux or GERD Addiction
Anxiety and Depression
Back, neck and joint pain and sciatica
Bronchitis and Tonsillitis
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia
Constipation or Dystentery
Digestive disorders including irritable and inflammatory bowel conditions
Dizziness and Vertigo
Ear infection/ringing or hearing loss
Headaches and Migraines
Lactation difficulties or Mastitis
Obesity or Weight loss
Pregnancy support and Postpartum care
And many more…
How does acupuncture work?
There is no definitive answer to this question. Acupuncture needles initiate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. The immune system is activated, as seen in the increase of white blood cell production, improving the body’s ability to fight infection. Neurotransmitter levels, as well as hormone levels have been shown to change. It is likely that all of these changes work together to create the healing response seen clinically.
From a traditional Chinese Medicine perspective...
Healing is the result of the movement of qi. Qi is the life force in the body. It is the energy to get out of bed in the morning; it is what activates our physical, mental, and emotional selves. Qi moves throughout the body through meridians that originate from deep within our organs to the level of our skin. When there are blockages in the free-movement of qi, an imbalance is created and disease results. The acupuncturist uses the needles to encourage qi to move out of areas of congestion into areas that are vacuous. By doing so, balance is restored and the body returns to a state of health.
How long is a typical patient visit?
Visits usually last more than 45 minutes depending on what services are provided. Please allow ample time and arrive early since there will be intake forms to complete. Within the first visit there will be a health history review and health care plan initiated. This plan may involve a nutritional program, some suggested healthful life-style habits, specific exercises and, if appropriate and desired, traditional Chinese physiotherapy - such as acupuncture.
How many visits will it take?
Traditional Chinese health care is individualized, comprehensive, and not accomplished in one visit. Communication and follow-up are important your continued health improvement. If you are to receive therapy such as acupuncture, this usually involves several treatments spaced over time. Because each patient’s health problems and response to treatment are unique, the number and frequency of treatments vary. Typically for the patient with a disease of the internal organs, the trunk of the body, or an old, chronic injury, the recommendation is one to two treatments per week for four to six weeks. By doing this, the practitioner is able to see if acupuncture is a good treatment to use and if treatments should continue until the patient is satisfied with the results. For the patient with an acute injury, the recommendation varies. This patient may need only one treatment or a couple treatments in a row depending on the disease condition, the patient’s body constitution, and the type of injury. In general, acute conditions require less treatment than chronic conditions.
Upon your first visit a therapy plan will be implemented with specific goals. We will inform you as to frequency of follow-up visits. For those interested in weight loss or nutritional and metabolic detoxification programs, we recommend a follow-up visit usually three to four weeks after you begin your initial plan of treatment. This will allow for any necessary adjustments in your treatment plan.
How much will it cost?
Depending on the nature of your visit and services provided, your cost will be between $85.00 and $145.00, not including any extra tests and herbs or food supplements, if desired. Fees are based upon procedure and services rendered, not time. Again, please arrive early enough to fill out forms and allow enough time for your visit.
Although acupuncture is certified by the State of Kentucky, this not a medical practice. Unfortunately, most Kentucky based medical insurance providers do not cover the consultation and services, such as acupuncture, that we offer. Please be prepared to pay by check, MC, Visa or cash at the time of your appointment. However, a few out of state or governmental insurance providers do cover acupuncture. Any patient wishing to have insurance cover all or a portion of their treatment should contact their insurance provider to learn the coverage boundaries of their policies with respect to Acupuncture.
Do acupuncture needles hurt?
Most people are surprised and relieved to learn that acupuncture needles are very thin, unlike hypodermic needles which are thick and hollow. Acupuncturists can attain a high level of skill in gently placing these tiny needles and often the insertion is barely perceptible. As such, patients generally do not feel the painful piercing or pricking sensation typically associated with an injection, blood sample, or other medical needle procedure.
Do you use sterile needles?
Yes, absolutely, all needles used are disposable. This means that only sterile needles are used on a patient, and each needle is only used once. Afterwards, the needles are discarded in a biohazard container.
Is my privacy protected?
How should I prepare for my acupuncture treatment?
Patients should eat lightly before coming for an acupuncture treatment and should wear comfortable clothes. You should be prepared to refrain from rigorous exercise for at least two hours before and after treatment.
305 North Lyndon Lane
Louisville, KY 40222