Acupuncture FAQ/Treatment Cost
Q. WHO CAN PERFORM ACUPUNCTURE?
A. Acupuncturists who maintain a valid license issued by the Acupuncture Board and physicians licensed by the Medical Board of California.
Q. WHAT IS AN ACUPUNCTURIST ALLOWED TO DO?
A. An acupuncturist is allowed to engage in the practice of acupuncture, electroacupuncture, perform or prescribe the use of oriental massage, acupressure, moxibustion, cupping, breathing techniques, exercise, heat, cold, magnets, nutrition, diet, herbs, plant, animal, mineral products, dietary supplements, request laboratory tests, x-rays, MRIs, and refer to other medical professionals in order to promote, maintain, and restore health pursuant to Business & Professions Code Section 4937.
Q. WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
A. During your first office visit, the practitioner will ask you at length about your health condition, lifestyle, and behaviors. The practitioner will want to obtain a complete picture of your treatment needs as well as any behaviors that may contribute to your condition. Inform the acupuncturist about all treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have.
Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Needles are sterile, generally cause no bleeding upon entry or removal, with little or no pain being felt; however, slight bruising may be experienced on occasion. The number of treatments necessary will depend upon your condition, if your symptoms are chronic or acute and your health in general. The needles may vary in size, depending upon your condition and the course of treatment prescribed. You will remain clothed during treatment, only rolling up pants or sleves if necessary in order to gain access to an Acupuncture point.
In addition to needling your treatment may also include a variety of non-needling techniques such as moxibustion (heat), acupressure, herbal formulas, etc. One advantage of acupuncture treatment is the absence of serious side effects which may result from the use of prescription drugs.
Some people feel energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Treatment may take place over a period of several weeks or more if needed. Treatments can be several times per week, weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly. Appointments take about 1.5 hours the first time, and 1 hour for follow-up visits.
Q. ARE ACUPUNCTURISTS REQUIRED TO USE DISPOSABLE NEEDLES?Q. WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS AND RISKS?
A. Yes. It is unprofessional conduct for an acupuncturist to use a needle more than once. California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Section 1399.454.
A. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners, requiring that needles be manufactured and labeled according to certain standards. For example, the FDA requires that needles be sterile, nontoxic, and labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.
Relatively few complications from the use of acupuncture have been reported to the FDA, in light of the millions of people treated each year and the number of acupuncture needles used. Still, complications have resulted from inadequate sterilization of needles and from improper delivery of treatments, so make sure your practitioner is licensed and using clean needle technique to avoid this. Practitioners should use a new set of disposable needles taken from a sealed package for each patient and should swab treatment sites with alcohol or another disinfectant before inserting needles.
Q. WHAT CONDITIONS ARE TREATED WITH ACUPUNCTURE?
A. According to the World Health Organization, the list is as follows with another 85 conditions pending:
- low back pain
- neck pain
- tennis elbow
- knee pain
- periarthritis of the shoulder
- facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
- dental pain
- tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction
- rheumatoid arthritis
- induction of labor
- correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)
- morning sickness
- nausea and vomiting
- postoperative pain
- essential hypertension
- primary hypotension
- renal colic
- adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
- allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
- biliary colic
- depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
- acute bacillary dysentery
- primary dysmenorrhea
- acute epigastralgia
- peptic ulcer
- acute and chronic gastritis
The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), a not-for-profit training and advocacy organization, encourages community wellness through the use of a standardized auricular (ear) acupuncture protocol for:
- behavioral health,including addictions (smoking, alcohol, etc.)
- mental health
- disaster & emotional trauma
The goal is to integrate NADA-style treatment with other Western behavioral health modalities.
Women experiencing the best results from Acupuncture Fertility begin treatment 3 to 4 months before they try to get pregnant naturally or fertility procedures take place, usually due to some abnormality with either man or woman. Common fertility procedures include in vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), or egg transfer. Just before and after procedures, women receive one to two more Acupuncture treatments. Combining acupuncture with IVF/IUI increased pregnancy rates in women by 60 percent over those who passed on the holistic approach, according to a 2002 study published in Fertility and Sterility.
For women receiving treatment, practitioners claim that combining acupuncture/herbal treatment along with IVF or IUI helps to decrease stress, regulates hormonal imbalances, strengthens the immune system, increases blood flow to the uterus, increases the thickness of uterine lining, and lessens the negative side effects of fertility drugs. For men, sperm is improved, resulting in an increase in stronger sperm.
Treatment may continue for women into pregnancy, especially during the first trimester to prevent miscarriage, as well as after birth to promote milk production and balance the hormones.
COSMETIC PROCEDURE: Facial Rejuvination
(no insurance coverage)
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a NON-NEEDLE painless, non-surgical method of reducing the signs of the aging process. It is a rejuvenation and revitalization process designed to help the whole body look and feel younger. The Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture treatment is based on the principles of Oriental Medicine and involves the insertion of hair-thin needles (or NO Needles, if afraid) into particular areas of the face, ears, neck, hands, trunk, and legs along channels or meridians of energy called Qi (pronounced chee). Specific points are chosen to manipulate the movement of energy in the body according to the individual's needs.
Practitioners of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture know how to specifically effect the face while simultaneously treating the underlying factors that contribute to the aging process.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture may erase as many as five to fifteen years from the face, with results apparent after just a few treatments. Fine lines may be entirely eliminated and deeper wrinkles diminished. Bags under the eyes can be reduced, jowls firmed, puffiness eliminated, droopy eyelids lifted and double chins minimized. Other likely results include: moisturizing of the skin with increased local circulation of blood and lymph to the face; increased collagen production, muscle tone, and dermal contraction; tightening of the pores; brightening of the eyes; improving of hormonal balance to help acne; reduction of stress evident in the face.
Generally, it consists of 10-20 treatments. The effects become most noticeable and lasting on or about the seventh session. Each person responds differently, depending on his or her condition and lifestyle prior to treatment. Following the initial course of treatment, maintenance sessions can prolong the results for five to ten years.
While not a replacement for surgery, Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation is an excellent alternative. It is far less costly than cosmetic surgery and is safe, virtually painless, has no side effects or risk of disfigurement. Unlike surgery that may have an extended recovery period with swelling and discoloration, there is no trauma from Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. While Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture cannot reshape one's nose or chin, it is a more subtle rejuvenation that takes years off one's face–safely and naturally while improving overall health.
*Patients with Insurance Coverage:
- If you have qualifying insurance coverage, you will only have to pay the deductible or non-covered portion of the fees noted above. Not sure? Call us and we will search for you. If insurance coverage cannot be verified prior to your first or follow-up visits, you will be required to give full payment at the time of service. Once we get verification of insurance, you will be provided with an invoice to obtain a reimbursement from your insurance carrier. Some companies issue credit toward your account instead of reimbursement. Medi-Cal will pay for 2 treatments per month as long as you have not already done other adjunctive therapies. Medicare or medicare supplement programs do not cover any alternative treatments, sorry.
- No-fault insurance pays for acupuncture treatment after an automobile collision. While your case is active and open, no fault will pay 100% for your treatments. We are more than happy to speak directly with your insurance company, case worker, lawyer, or any healthcare practitioners you are seeing. We provide extensive medical notes for the insurance company as well.
- Workman's compensation will often pay for acupuncture treatments. However, you must get written pre-approval (claim#). They will then usually pay for 10-12 treatments with no out-of-pocket costs for you. If you do not have written approval, call our office and we can try to get approval for you.
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