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Q & A

Some common questions about acupuncture are answered below. Call us if you have other questions or if you are interested in improving your life through acupuncture treatment.

Why do they want to feel my pulse?

There are twelve pulse positions on each wrist that your acupuncturist will palpate. Each position corresponds to a specific meridian and organ. Your acupuncturist will be looking for twenty-seven individual qualities that reflect overall health. If there are any problems, they may appear in the pulse.

Why do they want to look at my tongue?

The tongue is a map of the body. It reflects the general health of the organs and meridians. Your acupuncturist will look at the color, shape, cracks and coating on your tongue. Please refrain from brushing or scraping your tongue prior to treatment.

Is acupuncture safe for children?

Yes. In some instances children actually respond more quickly than adults. If your child has an aversion to needles, your acupuncturist may use non-needle techniques to stimulate the acupuncture points.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes.

Treatment frequency depends on a variety of factors: your overall health, the severity and duration of the problem, and other treatments/medications you may be doing concurrently. An acupuncturist may suggest one to six treatments per week in the intensive phase, graduating to spaced out visits for health maintenance and seasonal “tune ups” once your goals are achieved.

How much does it cost?

Rates vary and depend upon what procedures are performed. Your Acupuncture Physician will go over this during your consultation so there are no surprises with costs.

Will my insurance cover acupuncture?

We accept all insurances but not all insurances accept us. Insurance coverage varies from state to state. Contact your insurance provider to learn what kind of care is covered. Here are a few questions to ask:

  • Will my plan cover acupuncture?
  • How many visits per calendar year?
  • Do I need a referral?
  • Does my plan only cover certain conditions?

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding feelings of relaxation and well-being.  Acupuncture needles (per Federal law) are sterile, used once, and then discarded.

How are acupuncturists educated?

In Florida, your Acupuncture Physician holds a Masters or Doctorate Degree from a nationally certified school along with certifications in Chinese Herbs and APIT (Acupuncture Point Injection Therapy). Your Acupuncturist has passed national and state board exams and is required to keep up with continuing education requirements to keep an active license.

What can acupuncturists treat?

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below are some of the health concerns that acupuncture can effectively treat:

  • Allergies
  • Chronic Pain (back, neck, shoulder, etc.)
  • Neuropathy
  • Migraines/Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Stress Disorders
  • Fertility and Pregnancy Related issues
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