Frequently Answered Questions

Do you accept insurance?

Our practice currently does not accept insurance. We prioritize the quality of care and the amount of time spent with each patient over the constraints of insurance requirements. Payment plans are available as well.

What is electroacupuncture?

Acupuncture electrical muscle stimulation (ESTIM) is a combination therapy that involves the use of both acupuncture and electrical stimulation. In acupuncture ESTIM, small needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points on the body, and then a small electrical current is passed through the needles to stimulate the acupuncture points.

The use of electrical stimulation is believed to enhance the effects of traditional acupuncture by providing a more consistent and prolonged stimulation of the acupuncture points. This can help to increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the area, as well as stimulate the body's natural healing mechanisms. Acupuncture ESTIM is commonly used to treat conditions such as chronic pain, musculoskeletal injuries, neurological disorders, and addiction.

What is Qi?

In Chinese medicine, "qi" (also spelled "chi") is a fundamental concept that refers to the vital energy or life force that flows through all living things. It is believed to be the energy that animates and sustains the body, mind, and spirit.

Qi is described as a form of energy that circulates through the body along channels called meridians, which are linked to various organs and functions of the body. When qi flows freely, the body is said to be healthy and balanced. However, when qi becomes blocked or stagnant, it can lead to physical and emotional imbalances and health problems.

Chinese medicine practitioners use various techniques, such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, and qigong, to balance and enhance the flow of qi in the body. They believe that by restoring the proper flow of qi, the body can heal itself and maintain optimal health and wellness.

What is ear seeding?

Ear seeding is a form of acupressure that involves the application of small seeds or beads to specific points on the ear. The seeds are typically held in place with adhesive tape and left on the ear for several days or up to a week.

Ear seeding is based on the principles of auricular acupuncture, which holds that the ear contains a microsystem of acupuncture points that correspond to different areas of the body. By applying pressure to these points, ear seeding is thought to stimulate the body's natural healing mechanisms and promote overall health and wellbeing. Ear seeding is often used to treat a variety of conditions, including stress, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, and addiction. 

What can I expect after a treatment?

After an acupuncture treatment, you may experience a range of sensations and emotions. Some people feel relaxed and calm, while others feel energized and invigorated. Here are some of the common experiences that you may have after an acupuncture treatment:

  1. Slight discomfort or soreness: You may experience slight discomfort or soreness around the needle insertion points for a few hours after the treatment. This is normal and typically goes away within a day or two.
  2. Improved sleep: Many people report improved sleep after an acupuncture treatment, as the treatment can help promote relaxation and reduce stress.
  3. Increased energy: Some people may feel more energized and invigorated after an acupuncture treatment, as the treatment can help improve blood flow and circulation.
  4. Emotional release: Acupuncture can also help release emotions and promote emotional well-being. You may experience a range of emotions after the treatment, such as joy, sadness, or relief.
  5. Improved digestion: Acupuncture can help improve digestion and relieve symptoms of digestive disorders. You may notice improved digestion and bowel movements after the treatment.
  6. Improved pain management: Acupuncture can help manage pain and reduce inflammation. You may experience reduced pain and improved range of motion after the treatment.

It is important to drink plenty of water and rest after an acupuncture treatment to help your body heal and restore balance. It is also recommended to avoid strenuous activity and alcohol for at least 24 hours after the treatment.

How should I prepare for my first treatment?

Preparing for your first acupuncture treatment can help you feel more relaxed and comfortable during the session. Here are some tips on how to prepare for your first acupuncture treatment:

  1. Wear comfortable clothing: Loose and comfortable clothing can make it easier for the acupuncturist to access the acupuncture points on your body. Avoid wearing tight or restrictive clothing.
  2. Eat a light meal: It is best to eat a light meal a few hours before your appointment to prevent feeling too full or hungry during the treatment.
  3. Avoid caffeine and alcohol: It is recommended to avoid caffeine and alcohol before your appointment, as they can affect your body's response to the treatment.
  4. Bring a list of medications and supplements: Make a list of any medications or supplements that you are currently taking and bring it with you to your appointment.
  5. Communicate with your acupuncturist: Be sure to discuss any health concerns or questions with your acupuncturist before the treatment. This will help them to understand your needs and provide the most effective treatment.
  6. Arrive on time: Arriving on time will allow you to fill out any necessary paperwork and relax before your treatment.
  7. Relax: Acupuncture is a relaxing treatment that can help reduce stress and anxiety. Try to relax and breathe deeply during the treatment to help enhance its benefits.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your first acupuncture treatment is a positive and effective experience.

What training must a licensed acupuncturist have?

In Texas, acupuncturists are required to complete rigorous training and education to become licensed to practice. The requirements for becoming a licensed acupuncturist in Texas include:

  1. Graduation from an accredited acupuncture school: Applicants must graduate from a program that is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) or its successor.
  2. Passing the national certification exam: Applicants must pass the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) certification exam in acupuncture.
  3. Completing clinical training: Applicants must complete a minimum of 660 hours of clinical training under the supervision of a licensed acupuncturist.
  4. Obtaining liability insurance: Applicants must obtain professional liability insurance.
  5. Passing the Texas licensing exam: Applicants must pass the Texas state licensing exam.

In addition to these requirements, licensed acupuncturists in Texas must also complete ongoing continuing education to maintain their license.

It is important to choose a licensed and qualified acupuncturist to ensure that you receive safe and effective treatment. You can verify a practitioner's license status by checking the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners website.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of acupuncture treatments that you may need can vary depending on your individual health concerns and the severity of your condition. Generally, acute conditions may require fewer treatments, while chronic conditions may require ongoing treatments to manage symptoms and maintain overall health.

A qualified acupuncturist can work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan based on your specific needs and health history. Typically, patients will begin with an initial consultation and treatment, which can help the acupuncturist to better understand your health concerns and develop a tailored treatment plan.

While some patients may experience immediate relief after just one acupuncture treatment, most patients will require multiple sessions to achieve optimal results. Depending on the condition being treated, you may need to receive treatments once or twice a week for several weeks or even months.

It is important to remember that acupuncture is a holistic therapy that works best when combined with other healthy lifestyle practices, such as exercise, stress reduction techniques, and healthy eating habits. Your acupuncturist can provide guidance on these and other lifestyle changes that can help you achieve optimal health and wellness.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are very thin, typically about the width of a human hair, and are designed to be inserted into the skin with minimal discomfort. Most patients report feeling a slight sensation, such as a dull ache or a tingling feeling, as the needle is inserted. This sensation is usually mild and brief, lasting only a few seconds.

While acupuncture is generally not considered painful, some patients may experience discomfort or a sharp sensation when the needle is inserted. However, this discomfort is typically very brief and resolves quickly. Most patients find that the overall experience of acupuncture is relaxing and soothing.

If you are concerned about discomfort during an acupuncture treatment, it is important to discuss your concerns with a qualified acupuncturist. They can provide you with more information about the procedure and work with you to create a treatment plan that is comfortable and effective for your specific needs.

What does acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of health conditions, including:

  1. Pain: Acupuncture is commonly used to treat chronic pain, including back pain, neck pain, knee pain, and headaches.
  2. Digestive disorders: Acupuncture can help with a variety of digestive issues, including acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and nausea.
  3. Respiratory disorders: Acupuncture can help with asthma, allergies, and other respiratory conditions.
  4. Women's health: Acupuncture can help with menstrual disorders, infertility, and symptoms of menopause.
  5. Mental health: Acupuncture can help with anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions.
  6. Neurological disorders: Acupuncture can help with conditions such as stroke recovery, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis.
  7. Addiction: Acupuncture can help with addiction recovery, including smoking cessation and drug addiction.
  8. Sleep disorders: Acupuncture can help with insomnia and other sleep-related issues.
  9. Skin conditions: Acupuncture can help with skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

It is important to note that acupuncture is often used in combination with other therapies, such as herbal medicine, cupping, or dietary changes, to provide the most comprehensive and effective treatment for the patient's specific health concerns.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical practice that involves inserting thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body to stimulate and balance the body's energy flow, known as Qi (pronounced "chee"). The practice is based on the theory that the body contains meridians, or energy pathways, through which Qi flows. When these pathways become blocked or disrupted, it can lead to pain or illness.

Acupuncture is used to treat a wide variety of health conditions, including chronic pain, migraines, anxiety, depression, digestive disorders, infertility, and many others. During an acupuncture treatment, a qualified practitioner will insert the needles into specific points on the body based on the patient's health concerns and overall health history. The needles are left in place for a period of time, usually around 20-30 minutes, during which time the patient may feel a mild sensation or tingling.

Acupuncture is generally considered safe and effective when performed by a qualified practitioner. The practice is often used in conjunction with other therapies, such as herbal medicine or cupping, to further enhance its benefits. While the mechanism of action of acupuncture is not fully understood by Western medicine, research has shown that it may stimulate the release of endorphins, natural painkillers, and other substances that promote healing and balance in the body.

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