The following are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What are the credentials of Acupuncture Physicians?
In the state of Florida, Acupuncture Physicians are required 2 years of undergrad prerequisites and to complete 5 academic years worth of coursework. They are then required to take a national board examination and are required to purchase malpractice insurance. They will then be board certified and receive licensure from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes, acupuncture is safe as long as it is performed by a competent licensed acupuncturist. The needles that are used are individually wrapped, sterilized, and are required by law to be disposed of after single use.
What conditions does acupuncture treat?
Along with many other conditions, here is a short list of some of the ailments that an acupuncturist can treat. Please click on any of these for more information.
- Digestive disorders
- Chronic pain
- Weak immunity
- Menstrual cramps
- Menopausal symptoms
- Stress management
Does acupuncture hurt?
No, acupuncture should not hurt. The experience of getting acupuncture is actually quite relaxing and many patients fall asleep. The needles are hair-thin. To show my patients how non-threatening they are, I’ll sometimes take a long one and tie it in a knot. What you should feel when the needle is inserted is the smallest prick. Sometimes you feel nothing at all. After that, the needle will be manipulated a bit and it’s normal to feel a heaviness, warmth, distension, or tingling at the needle site. What you are feeling is the arrival of qi, or the life force of energy that flows through our bodies. It’s actually a really good sign to feel that qi sensation and usually right after you feel it the sensation goes away within seconds.
How many visits are required?
This depends on your condition, how long you’ve had it, and how quickly your body responds. Everyone is different, but usually for an acute condition, 4-10 treatments on a weekly basis tend to offer the best outcome. Usually one will start to notice a change in the first couple of treatments. Chronic conditions may need more time and treatments. It is important to be patient with treatment and to realize that with a chronic condition it may have taken the body a long time to get into the condition it’s in and naturally it will take the body time to heal and rebalance itself. Once the body is back in balance, a monthly tune-up is an excellent source of preventative care.
What should I do before coming to the clinic for my treatment?
It is important to have something in your stomach but do not eat a large meal. Avoid alcohol and avoid anything that will stain your tongue (coffee, tea, etc) because we will be looking at your tongue to confirm the diagnosis of your condition. Wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing so that we can easily access points on your arms and lower limbs.
How will I feel after my treatment?
Most patients feel calm and relaxed after a treatment. At times however, some patients can feel a little tired after the treatment, particularly if the treatment was a little stronger. It’s important to rest if this is the case.
Does the clinic offer Chinese herbals? What kind?
Yes, we do offer Chinese herbal prescriptions in our clinic. We offer a couple of different kinds. We have tablets and we also offer herbal powder blends.
Do you take insurance?
Yes. Today many plans cover acupuncture. We would be happy to check to see whether or not you have coverage under your insurance plan. Just call us, or alternatively, you can text us a picture of the front and back of your insurance card, as well as the front of your drivers license and we can find out for you and call you back. Either way, the number to call or text is (941) 518-6237.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard. If you have a health savings account through your insurance policy you can use that here to pay for your treatments.