Q: Does getting needled hurt?
A: 90% of the time you won't even feel the needle go in. The rest of the time, you'll feel something ranging from a soft pressure to a pinch. If you want to know how bad it can get, give yourself a healthy pinch - no more than a half-second - and you'll get an idea what about 5% of needle insertions feel like.
Q: Why does the initial visit take so long/cost more?
A: The length of the initial visit allows us to do two things: (1) to become familiar with your medical history; (2) to do extended diagnosis. The information we get from doing this will allow us to treat your condition far more accurately in the future.
Q: Do you take insurance?
A: Yes! We are in-network with Aetna, Cigna, and Blue Cross. We can also bill insurance for out-of-network benefits, if you have them. Or if you prefer, we can give you a superbill to submit to your insurance company.
Q: Do you take credit/debit cards?
Q: How do you maintain sanitary conditions?
A: Acupuncture is governed by a set of requirements called "Clean Needle Technique." CNT specifies, among other things, that we clean wherever we needle, use needles only once, and dispose of them after we're done. Basically, each needle is sealed in a package, opened for your use, and then tossed afterwards. You're more likely to get a communicable disease from a doorknob than you are from one of our needles.
Q: Do the herbs you prescribe come from China and are they filled with lead and other awful chemicals?
A: We use herbs from Evergreen Herbs. They are a nationally recognized herbal company who specialize in providing Chinese herbs. They are meticulous about the safety and quality of their herbs, putting them through a battery of tests and checks. (Take a look at their quality-control section.) They offer high quality herbs that can be used safely when under the direction of an experienced, licensed acupuncturist.
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