What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?
Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when I insert them. When I gently stimulate the needles they may produce a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls de qi. Patients often describe de qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an "electrical" sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more then one treatment is necessary. For acute conditions you can expect to have 10 to 15 treatments, but you will usually begin to feel relief after just the first few. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.
Your First Visit (First Visits at Erlanger North location only)
When you arrive for your first acupuncture appointment I will ask you to complete a comprehensive intake form. This form is also available online and can be printed out, filled out and brought with you on your first visit. (Download Patient Intake Form)
The acupuncture intake form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Oriental medicine takes everything into account. Your current symptoms may not seem related to past health issues, but our bodies are complex landscapes and everything that happens to them leaves its mark.
After reviewing your intake form, we will discuss your condition and discuss whether or not acupuncture is a viable option for your particular situation. If acupuncture can help, we will move forward with your first treatment if time allows or will schedule an appointment for you.
The acupuncture points I choose for treatment will depend on your condition. Once the needles are inserted, I will leave you to lie comfortably for 15-20 minutes with the needles in place. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time. If you need anything during this time period, you will have access to a bell you can ring and someone will respond immediately.
Initial consultation: No charge
Initial treatment: $150
Regular treatment: $90
( As far as insurance coverage for acupuncture, you should check with your carrier to see if they will reimburse you for your acupuncture treatments. Our office will provide you with the various codes and paid statements so that you may file with your particular carrier for reimbursement.
Important!! For those of you with Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN: Some plans that did not cover acupuncture in the past now provide coverage so make sure to ask BCBSTN if they now cover your acupuncture services. )