How long does a treatment take?
Your initial visit will be about one to one and one half hours which involves a detail interview and evaluation as well as a treatment. Follow-up visits will take approximately 1 hour.
How much does a treatment cost?
The fee for your initial visit starts at $120 and up. Follow-up visits starts at $75 and up. Certain discounts may apply for seniors over 65 y.o., college students, veterans, family discounts, etc.
Some insurances are covering for acupuncture at various percentages. Currently, Empire NYSHIP, Cigna, BlueCross BlueShield, etc. are coverage for acupuncture. If you have insurances, allow our expert office biller check for coverage eligibility.
What should I wear?
We recommend that you wear comfortable, loose clothing with under garments. Treatment gowns are also available. Please avoid wearing any perfume or strongly scented lotion. For facial rejuvenation treatments, please do not wear any make-up.
What will a treatment be like? Does it hurt?
Treatments are performed on a massage table. At the beginning of the session, Jennifer will first interview then examine you. Examination will most likely involve looking at your tongue, taking your pulse, and palpation depending on your condition. For first time patients, Jennifer will explain step by step what she is doing. The average number of needles inserted in the course of a treatment varies from 4 to 20. Most treatments require retaining the needles after insertion for 15 to 30 minutes. Sometimes the needles are removed immediately depending on the specific treatments.
For most people receiving treatment is quite relaxing. When the needle initially penetrates the skin, you will feel a small pinch. After the needle is inserted, Jennifer will stimulate it to encourage the arrival of Qi to that acupuncture point. The arrival of Qi (pronounced Chee) may feel similar to a dull or heavy ache, a tingling, a numbing, warmth or an electrical sensation. On rare occasions, the needle sensation may be painful. Inform Jennifer if you feel any discomfort such as a sharp pain. She will adjust the needle and you will be fine. Rarely is there any bleeding from the needle insertion point.
What is an acupuncture needle?
Acupuncture needles are very fine steel or gold filaments which can easily fit through the opening of a blood drawing needle. The needles are applied in strategic locations to affect a change in the energetic flow of the body. The needles Jennifer uses are sterile and disposable. No needles are ever reused even on the same patient. There is no medication on the needles.
How many acupuncture points are there?
There are 359 standard acupuncture body points. There are additional points on the ear and scalp which have their own system of points.
Is acupuncture always successful?
No, acupuncture is not always the top choice for all conditions. The ER is more appropriate for conditions that require immediate strong medical interventions. Although, acupuncture can relieve pain within minutes, not all conditions respond immediately.
However, almost all patients benefit from an appropriate course of acupuncture treatments.
What conditions are not appropriate for treatment?
Some conditions which are not appropriate for treatment in an outpatient setting include seizure disorders, acute infection, traumatic injury, hemorrhage, malignant tumors, psychosis and myocardial infarction. It is a general recommendation that all patients visit their family physician for a diagnosis prior to treatment.
Do I need to be sick to get acupuncture?
No, you do not need to be sick to get acupuncture. Acupuncture emphasize on prevention. For health maintenance or preventative care, Jennifer recommends 4 treatments per season or 12 treatments per year.