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Frequently Asked Question about Acupuncture
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WHEN DO I NEED ACUPUNCTURE?

HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

CAN I GET AIDS OR INFECTIONS FROM ACUPUNCTURE NEEDLES?

DOES MEDICAL INSURANCE COVER ACUPUNCTURE?

 

Question: WHEN DO I NEED ACUPUNCTURE?
 
Answer: In general, chronic illnesses respond best to acupuncture therapy. Such chronic conditions include: acne; dermatitis; psoriasis; tension, cluster, vascular and migraine headache; sinusitis and allergies; post-shingles pain; Bell's Palsy; TMJ syndrome; bursitis, tendonitis and tennis elbow; arthritis; sciatica; numbness or coldness of the hands and feet; carpal tunnel syndrome; high blood pressure ; angina pectoris; bronchitis, emphysema and asthma; heartburn; colitis; constipation and nausea; bed-wetting; painful menstruation, irregular periods, PMS and menopause; infertility, impotence and frigidity; anxiety and depression; insomnia; chronic fatigue; multiple sclerosis; Parkinson's disease; and stress-related disorders. This is by no means a complete list, and Dr. Wang invites your inquiries.

 

Question: HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
 
Answer: Acupuncture works on all levels of the body and mind, and thus its potential is almost unlimited with regard to relieving one's physical pains and soothing anxieties, nervous tension and worry. We know that acupuncture triggers the production of endorphins. These are powerful, opiate-like hormones which are produced in the brain and which kill pain. In Chinese theory the body is equipped with ch'i, or the energy of life. When this energy is blocked or diverted in some way, the body is sick or in pain. Through acupuncture the body's natural healing powers are released and the ch'i is brought back into balance.

 

Question: HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
 
Answer: It depends on the severity of the disorder and how long you have had it. In most cases there will be significant improvement after three to six treatments. Acupuncture addresses the cause of the illness rather than the symptoms. With each subsequent treatment the effects are more profound and longer-lasting. At first you can expect two or three treatments a week. Within two or three weeks you should require fewer treatments, eventually stretching to once a month or even less frequently. Many people wait several years after their symptoms resolve before needing further treatment.

 

Question: CAN I GET AIDS OR INFECTIONS FROM ACUPUNCTURE NEEDLES?
 

Answer: No. Law requires that acupuncture needles be used only once and then disposed of. Brand new needles are purchased in sterilized packaging, and then used only once before being discarded.
 
Question: DOES MEDICAL INSURANCE COVER ACUPUNCTURE?
 
Answer: Some medical insurance (ASHP, BC/BS) cover a portion of acupuncture, however it depends on your individual plan. If your insurance covers acupuncture we can bill the insurance on your behalf and have the insurance pay you directly. Payment for treatment is due at time of service. Medicare and Tricare do not currently cover acupuncture. We do not accept MediCal.


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