Q & A

Some common questions about acupuncture are answered below. Call us if you have other questions or if you are interested in improving your life through acupuncture treatment.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a placement of fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body to help normalize your physiology. This activates the body’s Qi and promotes natural healing. Your recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health are enhanced. It also can improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

What will my acupuncturist do?

During the initial exam a health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. David Lee will also measure your torso and palpate your pelvic bone to identify which body type you are. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of where Qi has become blocked or imbalanced. After the interview process, you will receive an acupuncture treatment. Visits may last from 40 to 60 minutes.

Why is my torso measured and pelvic bone palpated?

The sizes and shapes of the torso and pelvic bone are directly related to your body type. A body type is an inborn nature that has its own distinctive physiology. By properly treating your body type, your body is empowered to heal itself, regardless the diseases are acute, chronic, or stubborn.

Why do they want to look at my tongue?

The tongue is a map of the body. It reflects the general health of the organs and meridians. Your acupuncturist will look at the color, shape, cracks and coating on your tongue. Dr. Lee will examine your tongue when Chinese herbs are used to treat your condition.

Why did my acupuncturist recommend herbs?

Herbs can be a powerful adjunct to acupuncture care, especially in cases where internal problems are involved. They are used to strengthen, build and support the body or to clear it of excess problems like a cold, fever, diabetes, hypothyroidism, and constipation. Usually, Dr. Lee may suggest starting with acupuncture and then adding Chinese herbs to your treatment in the future. This is suggested to build up your internal strength so you can receive the full benefits both have to offer.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes.

Treatment frequency depends on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem and the quality and quantity of your Qi. An acupuncturist may suggest one or two treatments per week, or monthly visits for health maintenance and seasonal “tune ups”.

How much does it cost?

Acupuncture fees are $70.00 per visit. Initial consultation fee is $30. Your insurance may cover a part of the charge. Herbs may cost between $40 to $70. Dietary consultation fee of $40 may apply.

Will my insurance cover acupuncture?

Insurance coverage varies from state to state. Contact your insurance provider to learn what kind of care is covered. Here are a few questions to ask:

  • Will my plan cover acupuncture?
  • How many visits per calendar year?
  • Do I need a referral?
  • Do I have a co-pay?
  • Do I have a deductible?
  • If yes, has it been met?

David Lee Acupuncture accepts and is in network with most of the following insurance companies:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Guardian
  • Healthnet
  • Kaiser
  • Pacificare Health Systems
  • Private Healthcare Systems
  • United Health

How should I prepare?

  • Write down and bring any questions you have. We are here to help you.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points.
  • Do not eat large meals just before or after your visit.
  • Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs or alcohol for up to six hours after the visit.
  • Avoid stressful situations. Make time to relax, and be sure to get plenty of rest.
  • Between visits, take notes of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of problems.

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects just feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.

How are acupuncturists educated?

Today, acupuncturists undertake three to four years of extensive and comprehensive graduate training at nationally certified schools. All acupuncturists must pass a national exam and meet strict guidelines to practice in every state.

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