Does acupuncture hurt?

Many people are afraid of the needles when they first come for acupuncture but quickly realize these needles, which are just a little larger than a cat’s whisker, are nothing like what they feared. People report that the sensation, which varies from dull pressure or mild achiness to spreading warmth or a quickly dissipating light pain, is nothing compared to the physical or emotional pain they have been living with. The sensation varies from person to person and point to point. Most people are amazed by how relaxed they feel during and after the treatment.

Is acupuncture safe?

As long as it is performed by a competent practitioner, acupuncture is extremely safe. Acupuncturists are required to use disposable needles that are discarded in a medical waste container after one use.

What conditions are treated with acupuncture?

See an extensive list of conditions treated.

Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Many companies now do provide acupuncture coverage. I recommend you call your insurance company and ask what their “acupuncture benefit” is. Payment is due at the time of service, and I will provide you with a medical receipt so that you can be reimbursed directly by your insurance carrier.

In all cases in my clinic, clients have been able to use medical spending accounts, health savings accounts, flexible spending accounts and other tax-free accounts to pay for treatment. If you have questions about this, contact your account supervisor or human resources department.

Are you registered with the Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Program (OWCP)?

Yes, I am registered and bill OWCP directly for patients.

What forms of payment are accepted?

Cash, check, and all major credit cards are accepted forms of payment.

How long is the visit?

The initial visit usually lasts 2 hours including the treatment. Subsequent treatments usually last about 1 hour.

What will my first visit be like?

During your consultation, I will collect a complete history and detailed evaluation of your condition. I will ask questions relating to many different aspects of your life, not only the condition for which you are seeking treatment. I will then take your pulse, examine your tongue, and sometimes check for tender areas along the meridians. You will then have your first treatment. It is very important that you notice carefully shifts in how you feel physically and emotionally after your treatment and make mental or written notes to be able to share your observations with me.

How can I prepare for my session?

See How to Get the Most Out of Acupuncture and Reiki Treatments

How many treatments will I need?

Acupuncture is a therapy like physical therapy, speech therapy or talk therapy. It requires a series of sessions to stimulate the body’s internal self-healing resources and reestablish balance.

A number of factors help me shape your individualized treatment plan and the frequency and number of sessions. These factors include your treatment goals and physical condition, the nature and variability of your symptoms, the quantity and state of your Qi, how long symptoms have been developing, age, lifestyle, and the degree to which you are willing to create new healthy habits.

I typically ask a patient to plan on five sessions on a weekly basis to best determine how acupuncture can help you.

What Sets New Leaf Acupuncture & Reiki Apart?

  • I love what I do and am devoted to top quality patient care.
  • I only see one patient at a time to provide you with maximum personalized care.
  • I educate you about what’s out of balance in your system, why and how it can be healed according to Chinese medical principles, including tips to thrive in each season.
  • When you get acupuncture treatments, at no extra charge, I give Reiki, nutritional counseling, cupping, gua sha and moxibustion as needed.
  • Your treatment is personally tailored to your needs.
  • Convenient evening and lunchtime appointments are available.

For more information on my approach, read My Pledge to You.