FAQ

What is the Five Element treatment like?

How can traditional acupuncture benefit me?

What about the needles?

Do the needles hurt?

What will happen in the first treatment?

How should I choose my acupuncturist?

Do you take insurance?

Why should I come to you?

What is the Five Element treatment like?
Five Element Acupuncture treatments are gentle. Only a few needles are used in combination with moxa (Chinese herbs pressed into small scones) or gua sha (a massage technique often used for muscle spasms).

RIGHT: My treatment room.

How can traditional acupuncture benefit me?
People who received ongoing treatment for maintenance and promotion of good health reported that they:

are less likely to get sick as often and recover more quickly
are better managers of their own health
have important stamina and vitality
see a reduction in long term healthcare costs and tend to visit their physician less often
enjoy deepened and more harmonious relationship with others
results of an inquiry conducted by TAI-Sophia Institute
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What about the needles?
Acupuncture needles are solid and slightly thinner than human hair. Needles are stainless steel, pre-sterilized and are disposed after each treatment.

Do the needles hurt?
It depends. Usually the needles are painless, but sometimes they might feel like a light prick or give a short burning sensation which quickly dissipates. The sensation of the treatment has no resemblance to doing a blood draw for a lab.

What will happen in the first treatment?
The first treatment lasts between 90 and 120 minutes to give plenty of time for the acupuncturist to listen and discover any underlying conditions related to your symptoms. Part of the examination is a physical exam, including taking your pulse and visually inspecting your tongue. You will also receive your first needle treatment. Once the needles are inserted, you will rest for a period of time, usually 15-30 minutes. At the end of the session you will have a chance to ask questions and discuss your treatment plan.

How should I choose my acupuncturist?
Talk to other patients about their experiences
Find out if your acupuncturist graduated from an accredited organization and do they have a current license
Best of all, try to contact the acupuncturist prior to the treatment and pay attention to the main topic of the conversation: are they interested in fixing your symptoms or in treating you as a whole person?
Do you take insurance?
Yes, I accept the following plans:

Aetna
Cigna
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Regence
Kaiser
CHP
ODS
Some Providence Plans

Why should I come to you?
Two distinct reasons: First, I am a good listener. Finding the hidden sources of our suffering comes from acute listening to what is being said or not being said. I have developed fine observation skills which is the foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine for diagnosing and designing a treatment plan that will best serve each individual patient.

Secondly, I love what I do. I bring my passion to the healing session, which creates a positive influence that will facilitate your healing journey.