What can Traditional Chinese Medicine treat?
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive health care system, capable of treating numerous conditions, including: Acne, Addiction, AIDS, Allergies, Alzheimer’s, Anemia, Anxiety, Arthritis, Asthma, Back Pain, Bell’s Palsy, Bronchitis, Cancer, Candida, Carpal Tunnel, Chronic Fatigue, Common Cold, Constipation, Crohn’s Disease, Depression, Diabetes, Diarrhea, Diverticulitis, Dizziness, Eczema, Emphysema, Endometriosis, Fibroids, Fibromyalgia, Flu, Frozen Shoulder, GERD, Glaucoma, Headaches, Heartburn, Hemorrhoids, High Cholesterol, Hypertension, IBS, Impotence, Incontinence, Indigestion, Infertility, Insomnia, Interstitial Cystitis, Menopause, Menstrual Cramps, Migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscle Strain, Nausea, Neck Pain, Numbness, Osteoporosis, Pain, Palpitations, Parkinson’s Disease, PMS, Preventive Medicine, Psoriasis, Sciatica, Sinusitis, Smoking Cessation, Stress Relief, Stroke, Tendonitis, Tinnitus, Toxicity, Ulcerative Colitis, Ulcers, UTI, Varicose Veins, and Weight Loss.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Yes. The acupuncture needle is a very fine, sterile, disposable, FDA approved medical device. A licensed acupuncturist has undergone years of training in its safe implementation.
Is Acupuncture painful?
Acupuncture is practically painless. The needles used are very fine; so many patients don’t even feel their insertion. Some patients feel a slight sensation similar to a pinch, but this disappears quickly. A sensation of heaviness, dull aching, tingling or warmth may be felt after the needle insertion. This is the sensation of Qi and is normal and desirable for a beneficial treatment. Almost all patients feel very relaxed during and after the treatment.
How often and for how long will I need treatment?
The length of the treatment course depends on the nature, severity and duration of the condition. Generally, patients are treated once or twice a week until the symptoms and root of the problem have been resolved. Most acute problems can be fixed quickly, while chronic conditions may require more time and effort. Seeking treatment early greatly reduces the length of healing time.
How long does an appointment last?
The first appointment lasts approximately 80 minutes. During this time I will perform a thorough evaluation. TCM is a holistic medical system so we will address all aspects of your health in order to achieve optimal results. Subsequent appointments last approximately 50 minutes.
How much does it cost?
The cost is $95 per treatment for patients with insurance coverage for acupuncture. The cost is reduced to $85 for patients who are uninsured or who have plans that do not cover acupuncture. The cost is further reduced to $80 for cash payments. This encompasses all modalities in addition to Acupuncture, including an herbal consultation if applicable.
Does my insurance cover Acupuncture?
Many health insurance plans do cover Acupuncture. Benefits vary considerably according to the carrier and plan. I would be happy to verify the details of your coverage with your insurance company. Acupuncture is also covered by worker’s compensation insurance if you have sustained an injury at work. If you have been injured in an automobile accident, Acupuncture treatments may be covered.
My condition is already being treated by my doctor. Can I combine treatments?
Yes. In fact, TCM is a valuable adjunct to conventional medicine because it can help alleviate the side effects of surgery and medications, as well as aid certain ‘untreatable’ conditions.
Do I have to be sick to benefit from Acupuncture?
No. An increasing percentage of the population is interested in health care which focuses on creating optimum health and vitality as opposed to just the absence of disease. Many patients who are not ‘sick’ undergo regular Acupuncture treatments in order to promote health and prevent illness. Consistent ‘tune-ups’ provide stress-relief, decrease muscle tension, strengthen the immune system, and balance the body’s energies. All of these benefits promote health in order to prevent disease, which is the true intention of TCM. Discount plans are available to patients who wish to make a commitment to their health through Wellness Visits.
Do you offer Nutritional Counseling?
Yes. I believe that food is our first medicine. It is also a very common undetected culprit of illness. I am knowledgeable in principles of both Eastern and Western nutrition. If appropriate, we will address your diet and how it might be modified to promote your health and longevity.
Are there needle-free treatment options?
Yes. Don’t let a fear of needles keep you from benefiting from this powerful medicine. Acupressure, Herbal Medicine, Cupping, Moxibustion, Tui Na, Far Infrared Therapy, and Nutritional Counseling are all valuable treatments that can be administered independent of Acupuncture. Your treatment will be tailored to your individual needs and desires.
What is Electro-Acupuncture?
In certain cases a device called an ‘E-stim machine’ is used to transmit small electrical impulses through the needles. The amount of power used is only a few micro amperes and therefore, is not painful. The frequency of the current can vary from 5 to 2,000 Hz. The electrical impulses provide additional stimulation to the Acupuncture points to produce the desired effect. It is usually used for pain relief, but the applications of Electro-Acupuncture are wide-ranging. Clinical research demonstrates that Electro-Acupuncture is a very powerful way to increase the effectiveness of Acupuncture treatments.
What is Cupping?
Cupping refers to the use of vacuum suction in special glass cups that are placed on the body, usually on the back. This suction relieves muscle tension, pain, congestion, and improves blood circulation. Most patients love how they feel during and after cupping. Cupping causes blood to be drawn to the surface of the skin so temporary marks are to be expected. These marks are normal and will disappear within a few days.
What is Tui Na?
Tui Na is an ancient form of massage used to manipulate and move energy, thereby reducing pain and discomfort in the body.
What is Moxibustion?
Moxibustion is the burning of an herb called Mugwort (Artemsia Vulgaris) near the appropriate Acupuncture points on the patient’s body. Mugwort possesses inherent characteristics that make it a powerful tool for relieving pain, warming the body, and strengthening weak patients.
What is Far Infrared Therapy?
A Far Infrared TDP Heating Lamp is a special device used to augment treatments at Health & Harmony. This lamp features a curing plate that is coated with a proprietary mineral formation consisting of 33 elements essential to the human body. When the curing plate is heated, it emits unique bio-spectrum electromagnetic waves in 1-25 microns allowing for a maximum absorption into the human body. The absorbed energy promotes micro-circulation and metabolism, strengthens the immune system, and provides long-term pain relief. The benefits of Far Infrared Therapy have been demonstrated in numerous clinical trials.