I accept many insurance plans, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, NYSHIP, VA, and United Healthcare; other carriers sometimes have out of network benefits which can be used, too. Acupuncture is an eligible expense for use with FSA/HSA cards.
Does acupuncture help with that?
Yes. All of it.
My patients have had successful treatments for acute or chronic pain management, insomnia, anxiety, stress management, digestive health, infertility, weight loss, skin conditions, and many other disruptive issues.
Whether you were referred by your doctor, you've decided a Western approach isn't helping or could use some assistance, or simply because you are seeking complementary healing, choosing acupuncture is a wonderful step in helping yourself be the healthiest you. Let me show you how acupuncture can help.
What should I expect?
To be relaxed!
We'll sit down and review the reasons for your visit and overall health, I'll take your pulse and look at your tongue. From there, I’ll formulate a diagnosis and create a treatment plan strictly tailored to you and your needs. After I've inserted the needles and made sure you are comfortable, I’ll leave you to rest and let the needles and your body do their work. (This article may help.)
What do the needles feel like?
Acupuncture needles are much thinner than epidermal needles---think the width of a hair. Expect to feel a small prick if anything at all.
The arrival of energy, or Qi, can feel different for everyone: sensations can range from heaviness to lightness, to pulsing, to warmth or coolness, it can even be felt moving or in another part of the body.
What should I wear?
What are you most relaxed wearing? That's probably what you'll want to have on for a treatment.
You’ll be lying on a table for 30+ minutes, so clothing that won’t hinder your relaxation, can be easily pushed up to your elbows and knees, and can allow access to your back and abdomen. If you’re being treated for pain, allow accessibility to that area.
Should I eat before a treatment?
Yes! In order for the needles to move Qi (energy), there needs to be energy to work with. Please eat within 2 hours prior to treatment.