Frequently Asked Questions
What will my first ACUPUNCTURE visit be like?
An initial visit includes a consultation and treatment. We'll talk about the reason you are seeking our services and do a comprehensive evaluation. Since we are treating the whole person and not just the symptom, we take all aspects of your health history and wellbeing into consideration.
Through the initial interview and formal assessment, the practitioner establishes a Chinese medical diagnosis and develops a treatment plan. Then you will lay down comfortably on a treatment table and receive a healing session. Patients who have prior experience with acupuncture often fall asleep or enter a state of relaxation.
Sessions typically incorporate other therapies as needed, including but not limited to Moxibustion, Cupping, Gua Sha, Electroacupuncture, Essential Oils, Auriculotherapy (also known as Ear Seeds), and Chinese medical massage (Tui Na).
Acupuncture sessions typically run about an hour. If you have particular time constraints or would like a longer treatment, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate.
How do I prepare for a first visit?
Please complete the online intake forms prior to your first visit (you should receive an email with these forms upon scheduling your appointment). Plan to arrive 5 minutes early so you can relax and enjoy the space before our session begins. Bring with you copies of previous tests, lab results, and a list of any medications or supplements you are currently taking.
It is important that you do not come for treatment on an empty stomach. Eat a snack or light meal 1 to 2 hours beforehand.
HOW Many sessions will I need?
You will receive a treatment plan during your initial visit that is based on your particular condition and your constitution. The benefits of acupuncture treatments are cumulative and, in most cases, weekly sessions are suggested for a few months. In some cases, twice weekly sessions are recommended. Acute conditions can often be resolved quite quickly, while more chronic conditions may require a longer treatment prescription. For example, if you woke up with neck pain this morning, you will most likely find relief after one or two sessions. However, if you’ve been struggling with a certain condition for five years, then you can expect a longer course of treatment.
Patients who are consistent with acupuncture and follow through on assigned homework (diet and lifestyle modifications, supplement and herb prescriptions) tend to heal more quickly.
After about five treatments, we conduct a full re-evaluation to see how you're faring with acupuncture and together we decide what will work best for you moving forward. We are here to help you see results.
Many patients find that even after they’ve met their original goals with acupuncture, they opt to return for regular, quarterly or monthly "tune-ups" because it helps them maintain an overall sense of wellbeing.
What KIND OF training doeS an acupuncturist have?
New York State Licensed Acupuncturists (LAc) are required to complete a course of study involving 4,050 hours of classroom instruction, supervised clinical experience, and out of classroom or out of clinic study assignments. This equates to four years of full time study in addition to whatever undergraduate work the practitioner completed. Chinese medical school includes biomedicine, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, pathophysiology, acupuncture theory, and training in clinical skills.
Doctorate of Acupuncture (DAc) is a relatively recent degree held by a minority of practitioners that have chosen to "upgrade" their masters degree to a doctorate through additional training in Evidence Informed Practice (EIP), Advanced Integrative Diagnostics, and hands on clinical training with allopathic practitioners.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, we do accept insurance. Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Aetna, and Cigna are among the insurers that typically provide acupuncture coverage. We are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield and out-of-network with the others. Coverage varies from policy to policy. Please complete this form and we will contact your insurance provider to verify your benefits. All payment is due at the time of visit until coverage is verified.
What are your rates?
For patients who do not have insurance benefits for acupuncture, we offer reasonable rates so that you can receive the care that you need. Please contact us for details.
Will you make house calls?
Yes. While we maintain regular office hours in Manhattan and Brooklyn, we also do home visits. Please contact us for details.