Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept insurance?
Yes! Please visit the Insurance page for updates. However, you will be expected to fully pay for your treatments at the time of service. If your insurance will reimburse for acupuncture, I am able to provide you with an itemized receipt for you to submit. Consult your insurer for the terms of coverage on your policy.
Is acupuncture painful?
The simple answer is no. There is however a sensation involved with the stimulation of certain points which is necessary for an effective treatment. But no, it’s not painful at all. Once the needles are inserted, most patients relax and nap.
Is acupuncture safe?
When practiced by a trained, licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely safe. Practitioners are required to use pre-sterilized, pre-packaged, one-time-use needles which are safely disposed as medical waste after a single use. The Food and Drug Administration regulates acupuncture needles as medical devices. Licensed Acupuncturists practice Universal Precautions like all other medical providers and adhere to OSHA Safety Standards.
Is the acupuncture performed by a chiropractor, physical therapist or MD the same as that practiced by a practitioner of Oriental medicine?
Chiropractors, PT’s and MD’s are allowed to practice acupuncture with as little as 15-200 hours of training (depends on the state requirement). I’ve had four years, full-time school training in Chinese medicine (not to mention yearly continuing education requirements) and am able to treat a wide variety of conditions, while those with basic training may only be able to help with some minor pain complaints.
Can Chinese medicine be used with Western medicine?
Absolutely. It’s all about choice. For some health concerns, Chinese medicine can be used as a stand-alone therapy. For other health concerns, it works better as an adjunct therapy.
What about Chinese herbal medicine?
In some cases Chinese herbs may be recommended to help treat your condition. Generally the herbs are combined in formulations which have been researched over thousands of years and in many cases by modern research as well. These formulas can be administered by decoction, granules, capsules or tablets depending on individual needs. Contraindications with pharmaceutical drugs are also an important consideration before administering medicinal herbs.
You are paying for expertise that includes four years of full-time Chinese medical school, a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (acupuncture and herbal medicine), passing of all required medical boards, a merit scholarship, and many accolades. In addition, one choosing SmithAOM for medical care receives:
Personalized, Comprehensive Treatment I don’t like to rush. Each patient receives a 75-minute treatment combining acupuncture, bodywork, cupping, moxibustion or any other appropriate treatment modality. This timeframe allows for thorough discussion of your condition and the ability to treat the entire body, not just the local area of discomfort. Chinese medicine is a whole-body approach. This allows me to formulate a customized herbal formula for you, if needed. This is not a multi-room clinic where I need to juggle my time with patients. The whole 75 minutes is devoted entirely to you.
Payment Options Keep in mind that the price is reduced when one commits to a longer course of treatment. That’s actually what I prefer you do – not only so you can save money, but so I can invest in resolving your medical issue. It can seem like a big expense at first, but once your condition improves, you may begin to spread out the time between treatments, and potentially cease treatment eventually.
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If you have any other questions or concerns about acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine or myofascial release treatment, or to schedule an appointment, please email or call 215-801-4250.
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