Acupuncture Healthcare - FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is acupuncture?
The ancient Chinese recognized that energy flows through the human body along certain lines called meridians. When the flow of energy becomes blocked or out of balance, pain and disease result. After a careful diagnosis to determine which meridian or meridians are affected, very fine needles are inserted to balance and ease the flow, thus returning the body to its natural state of health and vitality.

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How can acupuncture help me?
The World Health Organization has recognized that acupuncture is an appropriate treatment for hundreds of clinical conditions, including, but not limited to:

PAIN
Headaches, migraine, back pain, shoulder pain, arthritis, joint pain, TMJ, post-surgical pain

WOMEN’S CYCLES
PMS, menstrual disorders, endometriosis, menopause symptoms

INFERTILITY AND PREGNANCY
Fertility enhancement, prevention of miscarriage, morning sickness, labor induction, postpartum care, nursing issues

DIGESTIVE ISSUES
Irritable bowel (IBS), Crohn’s, acid reflux, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gallstones, food allergies, colitis

LUNG AND IMMUNE HEALTH
Colds, flu, asthma, sinusitis, frequent illness
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, lupus, multiple sclerosis

MEN’S CYCLES
Prostate problems, sexual dysfunction, men’s fertility

HEART & CIRCULATORY HEALTH
High blood pressure, high cholesterol, palpitations, angina, atrial fibrillation

NEUROLOGICAL
Vertigo, tremors, neuropathy, shingles, numbness in hands and feet

ENDOCRINE SYSTEM
Adrenal fatigue, thyroid imbalance

EMOTIONAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES
Depression, anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, ADD, bipolar disorder

LIVER HEALTH
Detoxification, drug dependence, cirrhosis, hepatitis

SLEEP DISTURBANCES
Insomnia, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea

EYES
Iritis, retinal detachment, macular degeneration, dry eyes, styes

URINARY HEALTH
Incontinence, bladder prolapse, frequent urinary tract infections, kidney stones, cystitis

PEDIATRICS
Colic, earaches, teething, frequent illness, allergies, night terrors, bed-wetting

Acupuncture treatments enhance the body’s natural capacity to alleviate pain. Patients often find a decreased need for medications and their unwanted side effects. Restoring the body’s natural energy flows decreases inflammation, releases endorphins, boosts the immune system, and regulates neurotransmitters, to restore vitality in the mind, body and spirit.

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How safe is acupuncture?
A Licensed Acupuncturist with a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine is trained and tested with at least four years of education in all techniques necessary to assure patient safety and well being. All needles are sterile and used one time only.

Does it hurt?
When the needles activate the energy system, they can produce a momentary sensation. Common sensations may be aching, a feeling of heat, tingling, or a numbing sensation, and may be felt along the meridian or at the needle site. Most clients feel very relaxed and even fall asleep when left with the needles in place.

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What if I do not like needles?
There are many other modalities that are very effective, and do not use needles.  Dr. Larry will happily discuss the options with you.  Most patients, however, are relieved once they experience the needles, because the insertion of the needles usually is painless or has a slight pinching sensation.

Does insurance cover treatments?
Yes, and no. Some insurance companies will pay for acupuncture depending on who performs the treatment. Most companies, however, decline paying for acupuncture treatments.  What works best are health savings accounts which use funds
that you have set aside for medical treatments.  Some companies allow the cost of acupuncture treatments to count toward the deductible. It is best to consult your insurance company for their criteria. 

Do you treat my problem?
Most often the answer is yes.  Problems in the body are the result of disturbances in the energy system.  Dr. Larry will diagnose where the energy system is out of balance and work to restore the balance.  For specific questions, please contact me.

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