Does it work?
Acupuncture has about 3,000 years of medical and healing precedent. It’s likely that more people have been treated by Chinese medicine throughout history than by any other formalized system of medicine. This makes it is the oldest continuously practiced medical system in the world and is used by one third of the world’s population as a primary health care system. Because of its relatively low cost and its noninvasive nature, acupuncture has become a highly popular form of complementary health care in the United States.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed acupuncture treatment for over 40 conditions including (however, acupuncture can be beneficial in most imbalances of the body, mind and spirit):
- all types of pain
- menstrual issues
- high blood pressure
- respiratory issues
- digestive problems (including nausea and vomiting resulting from chemotherapy)
- sleep disorders
- depression/emotional disorders
And much more!
Acupuncture is also helpful for many chronic illnesses and health concerns that have no clear origin or cause. Patients committed to a healthy lifestyle who receive ongoing acupuncture treatment for maintenance and health promotion often experience:
- Longer periods of health and recovering more quickly from illness
- Improvement of vitality and stamina
- Greater success in managing their own health
- Relationships with others deepening and becoming more harmonious
- Reductions in long term health care costs
What can I expect?
Your first meeting with Mary will consist of a thorough medical & social history, short physical exam, and a discussion of your goals for treatment. This will be followed by the 1st treatment. This will take 90 minutes. Subsequent treatments last about 60 minutes.
Does it Hurt?
There is no prolonged sensation upon insertion. Some points are more sensitive than others, however most patients report the sensation as fleeting and deeply relaxing.
How often should I expect to come?
To get the most benefit from treatment, patients are asked to commit to coming 1x a week for at least 8 treatments. The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so each treatment builds on the previous one. As patients experience improvement in their condition and a state of well-being is maintained, treatments can be spaced out to every 2 weeks, monthly, or seasonally. Everyone is unique, so it’s best to discuss your timeline with Mary.
What can I do to make treatment more effective?
For each visit it’s recommended that you:
- Avoid a very hot bath, shower or sauna within 3 to 4 hours, before and after.
- Avoid coffee and alcohol within 24 hours, before and after.
- Avoid drugs except those prescribed by your physician.
- Do not wear cosmetics, fragrance or use scented products when possible for your first few visits.
- Set aside time to arrive relaxed.
- Avoid strenuous exercise directly before or after, if it is not your routine.
- Avoid eating heavily just before or after.
- Avoid smoking 3 to 4 hours before and after treatment.
- Do not drink cold fluids for 4 hours following treatment.
Do you have to be “sick” or in pain to get acupuncture?
Absolutely not! Even if you are healthy, Mary is trained to detect the slightest sign of impending dis-ease. This detection can also take you to new levels of awareness and support you in the next step to overall wellness in your life. It is also a great form of preventative medicine. People who come in curious often leave with a greater sense of purpose in life, are more joyful, feel better, and have more connected relationships with the ones they love. Acupuncture is known to boost the immune system so colds and flus become less frequent.
Is acupuncture covered by insurance?
Mary is in-network with BC/BS CareFirst, Aetna and Cigna insurance companies. Yet, coverage depends on your insurance plan. More and more insurance companies are reimbursing for acupuncture treatments. The easiest way to find out if you are covered for acupuncture benefits is to send an email to mary (at) youraccessacupuncture .com with your full name, membership number, date of birth and the provider benefits number on the back of the card. At no cost to you, we will inquire about whether you have coverages, and if you do the details, such as, type of coverage, if you have a deductible to meet, and the medical co-pay or co-insurance at the time of service. For out-of-network plans, you pay in full at the time of service and then you will be given a receipt to file with your insurance company.
Are the needles safe?
Yes. Only sterile, disposable, single use needles are used.
I was exhausted and with your kind and vibrant spirit and curiosity I felt empowered and safe to partner in wellness with you right from the start. You have helped me to rest and be more present to myself and my sensations. I laugh so much more now than when we first met and have developed a keener ability to track and respond to my needs. – S.C.