FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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ANSWERS

  • Can Acupuncture help my problem(s)?

    • Acupuncture treats a broad range of health issues which include chronic, degenerative diseases, acute conditions, pain and much more.  ​

    • According to WHO and NIH, pain management with Acupuncture is as effective as western medications if not superior.

    • Conditions recommended by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.).

      • Bronchopulmonary / Respiratory Diseases - such as sinusitis, rhinitis, bronchitis, asthma, colds and flu.

      • Eye Disorders - Acute conjunctivitis, cataracts (without complications), myopia.

      • Disorders of the Mouth Cavity - toothache, pain after tooth extraction, gingivitis, pharyngitis.

      • Orthopedic disorders - tennis elbow, sciatiac, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, peirarthritis humeroscapularis.

      • Gastrointestinal disordersAcute and chronic gastritis, ulcer, colitis, acute bacterial dysentery, constipation, and diarrhea.

      • Neurologic Disorders - Headache, Migraines, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Facial Paralysis, Peripheral Neuropathy, Diabetic Neuroathy, Meniere's syndrome, neurogenic bladder dysfunction, nocturnal enuresis, and intercostal neuralgia

      • And many more conditions that Acupuncture can treat that not listed.  You can schedule a consult to see if Acupuncture can help your condition.

  • Is Acupuncture safe?

    • Yes.  Because of the training an Acupuncturists receives (~3000hrs of training in state of CA), acupuncture is very safe.

    • Acupuncturists learn about Western medicine such as Anatomy/Physiology , as well as Acupuncture, Herbology and many other techniques.

  • Are the needles sterile?

    • Yes.  Only sterile disposable needles are used. 

  • Do the needles hurt?

    • Usually no.  Acupuncture needles are very thin​, about the thickness of your hair.  They are about 1/10 the thickness of a hyperdermic needle! 

    • Some locations are more sensitive than others. 

    • The skill and patience of the Acupuncturists can also contribute to the pain free experience.

  • How many Acupuncture treatments will I need for my problem?

    • The number of treatments will vary based on your issue.​

    • The more recent the injury or issue, the shorter number of sessions you may need.

    • The more chronic your issues, the more treatments you may need.

    • For pain patients, typically weekly treatments are advised for 4-8weeks.  After that, a re-assessment is taken to determine the treatment plan going forward.

  • How much do Acupuncture treatment costs?

    • The price will vary on practitioner and can range anywhere from $50 - $300 per session.​

    • Please visit out book online tab for Tran-Quility Acupuncture prices.  We are very reasonable, especially all that is provided in a session. 

  • Is Acupuncture covered by my insurance?

    • Depends on your insurance company and coverage.  Is your plan a HMO or PPO plan? 

    • If you have an HMO plan, you must choose a HMO provider in your network.  Otherwise, it will be an out of pocket expense. 

    • If you have PPO, you may choose any provider that is covered by your insurance company.

    • At Tran-Quility Acupuncture, we are an Out-of-Network Provider for Aetna, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, and United health plans.  This means that we only bill PPO plans that have Acupuncture coverage.  

    • General Questions to ask about coverage from your insurance company...​

      • Does my plan cover acupuncture?

      • How many visits per calendar year?  Is there a maximum number of visits or maximum dollar amount?

      • Do I need a referral?

      • Do I have a co-pay or co-insurance?

        • Co-pay is a fixed amount a patient pays to the doctor at time of each visit.  Look on your insurance card and it will say Co-pay and dollar amount.​

        • Co-insurance is the balance of the bill that is not covered by insurance.  For example, if you have 90/10 coverage and your bill was $100...the insurance company pays $90 and you pay $10 once your deductible has been met.

      • Do I have a deductible? 

        • You can find this information on your insurance website or during open enrollment to find that information​.

        • For out of network providers, you may need to call your insurance company to find the information.

      • How much is the deductible?

        • Is the deductible for In-Network and Out-of Network the same?  

        • Can Out of Network expenses be applied towards In-Network deductible?

        • If YES and the deductible has been met then the insurance company will begin payment on your behalf. 

        • If NO, then you must pay out of pocket until you meet your deductible before the insurance starts paying.  

  • How long does the affect of Acupuncture last?

    • This will vary depending on the condition you came in and how light or strong the treatment session.

    • After a treatment session, the full affects of the treatment may not be fully realized for 24 hours or even up to a week after the treatment.  This will depend on how fast your body processes the information and free flowing movement of qi in your body.  

    • Typically, the relaxed state can last anywhere from 1 hour to days after the treatment.  This will vary on what you do after the treatment.  Do you honor your body and let the session integrate into your system?  Or do you rush off back to work or other errands?  If you honor your body, the treatments will last longer.  

  • Why do Acupuncturists look at my tongue?  What does my tongue tell them?

    • The tongue is one of the diagnosis methods Acupuncturists use to determine the issues in your body.​

    • The following qualitites are assessed: Color, Shape, Thickness, Cracks, Deviation, Location, and Size.

  • Why do Acupuncturists feel my pulse?  What does my pulse tell them?

    • The pulse is one of the diagnosis methods Acupuncturists use to determine the issues in your body.​​

    • The following qualitites are assessed: Speed, Location, Strength, Shape, and Depth.

  • How do herbs work and help me?

    • For the most part, herbs may help you.  Although in some instances, herbs may not be strong enough or appropriate for your conditions.  

    • Each herb has certain function(s) that will help the body balance itself.  Traditional herbal formulations in Chinese Medicine are well balanced and have been tested over thousands of years based on pattern differentiation.  

    • Pattern differentiation means certain signs and symptoms that show the type of imbalance you have, which cause you to be sick. 

      • For example, if you feel sick, the practitioner would look at your tongue and pulse.  Two people may come in complaining of similar things like sore throat, stuffy nose, and cough. 

      • However, one person may exhibit more a pattern of heat and the second person will show a pattern of cold.

      • These individuals would get two different herbal formulations for their conditions.  

      • In this example, the first person will get a heat clearing formula to get rid of the heat and the second person would get a warming formula to get rid of the cold.  Bringing each person into balance.

  • Is Acupuncture safe for children?

    • Yes it is safe for children.  Typically for young children, the needles are inserted quickly and removed without needle retention.​

    • For children who fear needles and are not willing to be needled, other techniques will be used.

    • Other techniques include tuina, acupressure, and/or healing lasers.

  • How should I prepare for in-person treatment?

    • Fill out all new patient forms prior to your first appointment online.​

    • Bring any medical records to your appointment for discussion.

    • Bring your list of questions so we can answer them during your appointment.

    • Wear loose comfortable clothing so that the arms and legs are accessible to the practitioner for needling.

    • Women, please wear a bra that can be unhooked in case a back treatment is needed.

    • Make sure to not be too full or too hungry prior to treatment.  Acupuncture can lower your blood pressure and on an empty stomach may cause you to faint.

  • How are Acupuncturists educated?

 
 
 
 
 
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