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Frequently Asked Questions

What conditions do acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treat?

How can acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine treat so many conditions?

How can I tell if acupuncture and herbal medicine are right for me?

How many treatments will I need?

If I am treated with acupuncture & herbal medicine, will I be able to stop taking my prescription medicines?

Do the needles hurt?

What about danger of disease transmission from the needles?

What kind of training do acupuncturists receive?

If a patient went to 2 different acupuncturists for the same problem and was treated with completely different points, does this mean that one of them probably wasn’t competent?

Does East Mountain Acupuncture accept any insurance?

What forms of payment does East Mountain Acupuncture accept?

 

What conditions do acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treat?

  • Chronic and acute pain, numbness or weakness, arthritic conditions, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, Bell's Palsy, bursitis, tendonitis, trigeminal neuralgia, sprains, sports injuries, post-stroke recovery
  • Chronic fatigue, auto-immune diseases, post-surgical recovery, issues related to aging
  • Menstrual irregularities: PMS, painful periods, menopausal symptoms, infertility, amenorrhea, heavy menstrual bleeding , morning sickness, vaginitis
  • Respiratory problems: chronic or acute cough, wheezing, frequent infections, allergies, colds, flu, hayfever, sinus problems, post-nasal drip, ear infections, acute or chronic sore throats
  • Digestive problems: irritable bowel, symptoms of Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis, chronic indigestion, acid reflux, chronic constipation or diarrhea , ulcers, problems with blood sugar regulation
  • Emotional: anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic tension and stress, and addictions
  • Genito-urinary: chronic yeast infections, cystitis, urinary urgency, impotence, incontinence
  • Circulatory: anemia, cold extremities, hypertension, Reynaud's phenomenon
  • Pediatric: chronic infections of the ear, sinuses or throat, wheezing, bedwetting, cough, failure to thrive, migraines, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, trouble sleeping, learning difficulties, allergies

How can acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine treat so many conditions?

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treat individual people rather than isolated symptoms; therefore any condition that can be understood as an imbalance in the body’s systems can be treated and altered. Once a pattern is correctly identified and treated, it is common for many of the symptoms associated with this pattern to improve—even ones that didn’t seem related to the initial condition.

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How can I tell if acupuncture and herbal medicine are right for me?

If:

  • Conventional treatment options manage only the symptoms, with no lasting effect on the condition
  • No clear diagnosis has been reached with conventional medicine
  • Conventional treatment options have undesirable side effects
  • Other treatments have had unsatisfactory results
  • In addition to the main problem, there are multiple other health issues, even if they appear unrelated.

Treatment of any health issue with acupuncture and herbal medicine does not replace a physician’s care. It is important to utilize both medical systems, as each one has its own strengths and weaknesses.

How many treatments will I need?

A better question would be “How many treatments will be necessary until I know if the treatments are helping?” The answer to this depends on a number of factors, including the severity and duration of the problem, as well as its complexity. An issue that has been troublesome for many years tends to require more treatments than a recent problem. Initial improvements for long-standing problems may be more temporary. As treatments progress further, improvements become more sustained.

If I am treated with acupuncture & herbal medicine, will I be able to stop taking my prescription medicines?

It depends on the conditions for which you take the medicines. If the medicines are taken as needed to control symptoms, then as these symptoms decrease with your acupuncture & herbal treatment, you will need less and less prescription medication. If you are on a regular regime of medicine for potentially serious medical problems, reducing these medicines may be advised in some cases, but only with the full cooperation and guidance of your medical doctor.

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Do the needles hurt?

Almost every first-time acupuncture patient has some trepidation before the first visit. However, once the first needle has been inserted, it becomes very clear that an acupuncture needle has little in common with the nightmarish needles from our memories of childhood visits to the doctor. An acupuncture needle is a fraction the thickness of a hypodermic needle. Common sensations from an acupuncture needle may include a mild temporary heaviness or soreness, slight tingling, warmth, moderate pulsations, or no sensation at all. If there is an initial sensation, it dissipates very quickly.

What about danger of disease transmission from the needles?

Any acupuncturist licensed in New York State has been thoroughly trained in and tested on OSHA standards for disease transmission prevention. At East Mountain Acupuncture, as is the rule throughout our profession, only sterile, disposable single-use needles are used. Prior to each needle’s insertion, the skin at each point to be stimulated is cleaned with alcohol.

What kind of training do acupuncturists receive?

A minimum of 3 years of full-time graduate level training, including extensive clinical training and course work in Oriental medicine and western biomedicine. To become licensed in New York State, as a L.Ac. (licensed acupuncturist), passage of a national board certification exam is required. Medical doctors and dentists are permitted to practice after taking an abbreviated 300-hour training in acupuncture, which leads to the title C.Ac. (Certified acupuncturist).

If a patient went to 2 different acupuncturists for the same problem and was treated with completely different points, does this mean that one of them probably wasn’t competent?

Not at all. In the 2500 year history of acupuncture, a multitude of schools and approaches has developed which have some common ground and some divergence among them. A flexible approach to treatment of any given problem generally insures the best chance of eventual success. The same issue may be treated completely differently on two different visits from the same acupuncturist.

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Does East Mountain Acupuncture accept any insurance?

Many plans offer either in-network or out-of-network benefits for acupuncture, sometimes with no deductible and no copay, others either a deductible and some co-pay. By far the easiest way to determine whether you have coverage is to click the VERIFY YOUR INSURANCE button at the bottom of our RATES AND SCHEDULING page, enter all your insurance information on the form and submit it. Within 48 hours, we will be notified of what coverage you might have and we will email you with this information. If you wish to utilize insurance coverage for your acupuncture treatment, you need to do this at least a few days prior to coming for an appointment to allow for response time.

In the event that you have no insurance coverage, note that if you are already claiming medical expenses as a deduction on your tax returns, cost of acupuncture treatments is now considered a legitimate tax-deductible medical expense.

What forms of payment does East Mountain Acupuncture accept?

Personal checks and cash at both offices. At our Croton office, we also accept Mastercard and Visa. Payment is expected at each visit.

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