Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture FAQ


Answers to the most common questions

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)  is a complete medical system that is capable of diagnosing and successfully treating a wide range of conditions.

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What problems are commonly treated with Acupuncture?

The most common ailments presented to an acupuncturist tend to be pain related conditions. For example; arthritis, back, neck, knee and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica. 

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system that is capable of diagnosing and successfully treating a wide range of conditions including:

(This is by no means a complete list of what Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can treat.)

Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders

  • Sinusitis
  • Sore Throat
  • Hay Fever
  • Earache
  • Nerve Deafness
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Dizziness
  • Poor Eyesight

Circulatory Disorders

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Anemia

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Spastic colon
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Food Allergies
  • Ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Hemorrhoids

Gynecological / Genitourinary Disorders

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause
  • Fibroids
  • Chronic Bladder Infection
  • Complications in Pregnancy
  • Morning Sickness
  • Kidney Stones
  • Impotence
  • Infertility in Men and Women
  • Sexual Dysfunction

Immune Disorders

  • Candida
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Epstein Barr Virus
  • Allergies
  • Lupus
  • MS
  • Hepatitis


  • Smoking Cessation
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol

Emotional and Psychological Disorders

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Stress

Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders

  • Arthritis
  • Neuralgia
  • Sciatica
  • Back Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Stiff Neck
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Polio
  • Sprains
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Shingles

Respiratory Disorders

  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds and Flus

Acupuncture Also Treats

  • Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects
  • Diabetes
  • Dermatological Disorders
  • Weight Control.

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Does acupuncture hurt?

 Acupuncture needles are 25-50 times thinner than a hypodermic needle. There is little sensitivity to the insertion of acupuncture needles. While some people feel nothing at all; others experience a brief moment of discomfort as the needle penetrates the skin that can be followed by a mild sensation of cramping, tingling, numbness, traveling warmth, or heaviness. The needles are left in place for twenty to forty minutes. Most people find the experience extremely relaxing and uplifting and even fall asleep for the duration of the treatment.  

About Chinese Herbal Medicine

 Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine consists of medicinal substances derived from plant, animal, and mineral sources. The herbs are available in the form of herbal teas, liquid extracts, tablets, capsules, granules, lotions, creams, salves, or poultices.

Individual substances are rarely prescribed alone in Traditional Chinese Medicine. A carefully balanced recipe of several different herbs is specifically tailored for each person's entire health condition. Each herb is chosen for its own specific functions. In addition, herbs can enhance the strengths and reduce the side effects of each other. The combination of substances in a formula creates a new therapeutic agent that can treat much more effectively and completely that a single substance.

What is the difference between Western Herbs and Chinese Herbs?

 Western Herbal Medicine tends to use one or two herbs to treat just a specific symptom. A Chinese Herbal formula has as many as 20 different herbs. The herbs are selected to work synergistically to treat the whole person. In Chinese medicine, due to our diagnostic system, we are able to assess a persons whole constitution (the health of their whole body) and treat the root (or cause) of a health concern along with a branch (or the symptoms) of a health concern. It is in this way that we are able to treat a person's whole body and mind, rather than just a symptom. 

Are there risks or side effects to acupuncture?

 Usually not. Acupuncture is a very safe method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve function. Acupuncture is extremely safe when performed by a professional who has completed all licensing requirements. 

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Safety of Chinese Herbs

 One of the most appealing qualities of Chinese Herbal Medicine is the low risk of adverse reaction or side effects. Herbal medicine uses all the constituents of the plant and therefore has minimal side effects.

The most commonly reported adverse reaction is minor gastrointestinal upset. Modifying the herbal formula or adding herbs to strengthen the digestive system can remedy this. If you do notice any side effects, please stop taking your herbs and consult your practitioner right away.

Selection of Quality Herbs

To be confident that the herbs that we use are of the highest potency, quality, and safety; we only use herbs from manufacturers that are certified as having Good Manufacturing Practice. 

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What payments are accepted


For your convenience, we accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards. Payment is due at time of service. Gift Certificates are available

Intake Forms


Please book your appointment, call, or email us, so that we can send you the intake forms.

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Veterans are covered

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is an increasingly important and effective component of chronic pain management.

 Veterans: Your treatment is covered by the VA Choice/ PC3 program. 

You will need a referral from them. 

How much does it cost?

(For payment received at time of service)

Initial Consultation and treatment $65, allow about 90 min. Includes review of patient’s health history. Includes acupuncture and herbal consultation as well as other modalities as needed.

Follow up treatment $60, allow 45- 60 minutes. Includes acupuncture and herbal consultation as well as other modalities as needed.

​Chinese herbal and nutritional supplements are not included in these fees.

 We promise to be considerate about your time and thoughtful regarding your finances. 

What are your office policies?


Our policy is designed to help treat all patients equally and fairly. ​

Missed Appointments

Please cancel your appointments 24 hours in advance so I may be able to offer the space to someone waiting to be seen. I understand this is not always possible so a one-time courtesy will be given. After the first time you will be billed at the regular fee.

No Shows

Not calling to cancel and not showing up for your appointment is considered a “no-show’. A one-time courtesy will also be given for a no-show, after that you will be billed at the regular fee.

I appreciate your understanding and courtesy in regards to missed appointments.

Does my Insurance cover it?


​Insurance companies are covering acupuncture. The best way to determine whether your carrier pays for acupuncture is to call them directly. As a courtesy to our patients we do bill insurance on their behalf for specific services; however, it is the patient’s responsibility to verify benefits plan and coverage of providers and /or services. We cannot quote specific insurance plan details. Patients will be held responsible for non-payment by their insurance company.

If you are not covered by insurance, you can still consider your payments as medical expenses that you may be able to write off on your taxes. If you have a flex plan through your workplace, that account often covers the cost of treatment.

Workman's Compensation and car insurance can sometimes cover acupuncture.

VHA offering Acupuncture treatments to Veterans

100% covered Acupuncture through the VA Choice Program (PC3)