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What is Acupuncture…and what can I expect from my treatments?
Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. In the United States, practitioners incorporate healing traditions from China, Japan, and Korea. Acupuncture is a component of a complete medical system of healing. It is often used in conjunction with herbal and nutritional therapies, in order to not only treat symptoms, but also eliminate the root cause.
Acupuncture is a complementary medicine, which can be used alone or in conjunction with Western Medicine. However, many patients find that their need for prescription medicines or surgery is either decreased or eliminated as they return to health naturally.
Acupuncturists facilitate the healing response by using very fine, sterile, single-use, disposable needles. This method of therapy is safe and pain-free. In fact many patients fall asleep during their treatment and feel a lasting reduction in stress for days after. Acupuncture promotes this relaxed state by allowing the brain to release endorphins and decrease cortisol.
The goal of Chinese Medicine is to restore balance in the body—naturally. When the body is in dis-ease, a “blockage” or imbalance is present. To understand this concept, picture your body as a piece of land that is receiving water or nourishment, from various hoses. When water runs freely, the soil is fertile and growth is thriving. If any of the hoses become kinked, the ground will become withered. The role of the acupuncturist is to carefully observe the signs and symptoms, and find the “kinks” in the system.
In order to correctly diagnose and remove these blockages, your practitioner will ask you about your health condition, lifestyle, routines, and dietary habits. Your acupuncturist will want to obtain a complete picture of your treatment needs and behaviors that may contribute to your condition. Inform your practitioner of all medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have. This will ensure the most successful course of treatment. And finally, be sure to ask questions. Your Licensed Acupuncturist at Whole Health is committed to helping you achieve your health care goals!
AARP Medicare Advantage Plan pays for acupuncture. If you have a private Medicare Advantage plan, rather than original Medicare, you may have broader coverage for acupuncture. Some Medicare Advantage plans cover acupuncture for pain in other parts of the body in addition to the lower back.Ask your plan about its rules for acupuncture coverage. You may have a copayment for each visit, such as $20 a visit, and you may need to see a provider in your plan’s network.
According to the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health, there are over 200 conditions which can be effectively treated by acupuncture.
Our acupuncturists are NCCAOM-certified, and have studied Chinese herbal medicine.