Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there parking at your clinic?
    • There is a paid parking lot at the side of the building (by the entrance) and free two hour parking on the side streets.
  • Is your clinic accessible?
    • There is a ramp from the parking lot to the building and we are on the first floor. If you need assistance opening the door to our clinic you may call or knock for assistance. The bathroom is accessible.
    • Treatment tables may be lowered or raised as needed, and though treatments are generally performed laying down, you are always welcome to stay in your chair if you prefer.
  • Is your clinic scent-free/allergy friendly?
    • The clinic is fragrance-sensitive, but uses ‘smokeless’ (low scent) moxibustion (burning mugwort) and practitioners may use essential oils in the nearby treatment rooms.
    • Vegan, kosher/halal/etc, and allergy friendly custom herbal formulas are available on request.
  • What if I don’t want a particular treatment or a particular area of my body needled?
    • I will come up with an individualized treatment plan for you and will make sure you understand the reasons for the particular points and treatments I will use. If you have specific concerns about the treatment or if you are not comfortable with certain areas of your body being touched or needled, please let me know. If you need to remain seated rather than lying down, are more comfortable on your side, would prefer to have your hands free during treatment, or have other concerns, please let me know during the intake and I will make sure your needs are accommodated.
  • Does acupuncture hurt?
    • You may feel a tapping or slight pricking sensation on needle insertion, but most people feel nothing at all. If you have any pain or discomfort, speak up so that I can make your treatment as relaxing and comfortable as possible.
  • How long does the appointment last?
    • Appointments are scheduled for 1 hour. You should arrive 10-15 minutes early to your first appointment to fill out intake forms.
  • How should I feel after my appointment?
    • After each treatment, you may feel relaxed or energized, but most importantly you should feel good! The first time you have acupuncture it’s important to get extra sleep, drink more water, take some time for self-care, and eat a healthy meal. Take care of yourself to support the healing that is going on at deep levels of your body. After subsequent appointments your body will be more adjusted to treatment and you should be able to continue regular daily activities directly after treatment, though it’s always important to drink plenty of water to support the healing process.
  • What should I wear to my appointment?
    • Loose fitting comfortable clothes that provide access up to your elbows and knees. You are welcome to bring a change of clothes or use the gowns we provide.
  • Can my partner/child/friend/caregiver come to my appointment?
    • Ideally you’ll come to your appointment alone so we can spend the valuable time we have together focusing on YOU. However, you may bring a friend, family member or support person with you if you need specialized assistance during your appointment. Please be aware that you’ll need to lay mostly still for about 30 minutes so please don’t bring a small child without another adult present to attend to them. I may ask your support person to leave the room for a brief moment during the intake in case there is any sensitive information you’d like to share without them present.
  • What does acupuncture treat?
    • Almost everything! Because acupuncture is holistic, all body systems are affected and healing in one are of your body transfers to healing in the rest of your body as well. Though acupuncture is most well known in the west for treating pain, it has been used in China for many thousands of years for all kinds of internal medicine and healing.
  • Are Chinese herbs safe?
    • I’ve put in countless hours of research to find the highest quality herbs sourced from the most highly reputable manufactures. The herbs we prescribe are tested for contaminants and proven safe for consumption. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have allergies, or are taking other medications, we will discuss whether it is appropriate for you to take herbs.
    • We have a full pharmacy of encapsulated formulas and customized powdered teas.
  • How long will I need treatment?
    • Most acute conditions see marked improvement within just a few visits, though often a six visit treatment plan will be prescribed to prevent recurrence. Acute conditions may need treatment 2-3 times a week. As conditions improve, you can come in less often. A general guide is that for each year you have had a problem, it will take about one month of weekly treatments for that issue to improve.
  • Do you take insurance?
    • I do bill insurance but I am not in network with any insurance companies at this time. If you have out of network acupuncture benefits I am happy to bill your insurance for you. You are also welcome to use your FSA/HSA (health savings) accounts to pay for treatments.