General Acupuncture Treatment Questions

How Does Acupuncture Work?

There are many mechanisms of action going on during an acupuncture treatment. At this moment, Scientific research is using acupuncture to better understand how the body is working. Here’s one example:

People often wonder why an acupuncturist will use a point on their ankle to treat neck pain. There is a working theory that the point on the ankle isn’t directly treating the neck. The reason the ankle can be used to relieve neck pain is that both areas of the body share a processing point in the brain and the acupuncturist is ‘reprogramming’ the neck pain signal through a shared region in the brain. You can picture it like bouncing a satellite signal around the earth.

The interesting thing is that relay of signals has been measured to be faster than nerve conductivity. Clearly, we are going to learn more about how acupuncture works, but rest assured, when performed by well trained and skilled acupuncturist, acupuncture works.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes, Acupuncture is safe. Acupuncture pins are FDA approved medical devices and when used by a properly trained acupuncturist is a completely safe procedure. Acupuncture treatments usually result in added benefits like relaxation and improved sleep to name a few.

Acupuncture pins are sterilized medical devices and are used only once and then disposed into containers.

The only side effect that happens with any frequency is an occasional bruise. Some people report feeling slightly lightheaded after a session, especially if they haven’t eaten in a long time.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Not usually. The needles we use are hair-thin and only rarely cause discomfort.

Do You Sterilize Your Needles?

Acupuncture pins are sterilized medical devices and are used only once and then disposed into containers. Plus, it is a state law mandating sterilize needles.

How Long Is Each Acupuncture Session?

Patients retain the needles anywhere from 20-40 minutes depending on the patient's need.

What Type Of Clothing Is Recommended I Where To My Acupuncture Session?

We recommend that you should wear comfortable clothing that is loose or relax fit. In order words, try to come casual.

Should I Eat Before My Acupuncture Session?

Yes, we recommend that you have some food before your session. We don’t recommend an empty stomach before the session.

Is Acupuncture Good For Pain Management?

Yes, it is. Acupuncture is a time-tested, safe, effective, natural and drug free way to eliminate pain. Back pain and shoulder pain are some most common pains that acupuncture eliminate.

Is Acupuncture Good For Stress Management?

Yes, Acupuncture could be another viable option holistically to deal with your daily stress. Beside exercise and eating right, acupuncture sessions will alleviate some of the stress from your daily lives. It will relax the mind and the body.

Is Acupuncture Recommended For Auto Accident injuries And Other Personal Injuries?

Yes, we recommend that you should seek Acupuncture as a holistic way of dealing with your pain management.

Do You Accept Liens for Auto Accident Injuries for Acupuncture?

Yes, we do. We will work with your attorney to get that finalized. You don’t have to pay anything out of pocket.

Any Other Benefits Of Acupuncture?

Acupuncture can help to deal with depression, blood pressure, Gastritis, Asthma, Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis (OA), and allergies stemming from rhinitis.

Do You Prescribe Herbs In Your Clinic?

Yes, we do. Dr. Shasta is a certified Herbalist. Please contact us for further more details.

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Fertility Acupuncture Treatment Questions

When Should I Start Acupuncture For IVF & IUI Support?

If you are scheduled or planning to go through an IVF, IUI, or other assisted reproductive technology procedure we recommend that you begin treatment 3 months prior to your IVF cycle as this is the cycle of egg development. However, if that is not possible, we still see good success with treatment while you are in the cycle, and we will often increase frequency of visits.

Should I Have Acupuncture Only Before And After Embryo Transfer

According to acupuncture research, a 25-minute treatment right before and right after embryo transfer increases the chance of a successful pregnancy. The focus of these acupuncture treatments are to increase uterine blood flow, decrease stress and to decrease uterine contractions to help increase the chances of successful embryo implantation.

If this is the first IVF or IUI cycle, it is recommended that you start with 8-12 treatments three months prior to you IVF cycle as that is a full egg development cycle. If you have a history of a previously failed cycle, depending on your specific history I often recommend a longer preconception preparation period to help balance and restore optimal fertility function.

Benefits before: Acupuncture improves egg maturation, quality and ovarian reserve, regulates reproductive hormones, increases the responsiveness of the ovaries to the hormones and improves the body's energy and overall health in preparation for conception and pregnancy. Acupuncture also helps to address the male factor component in a couples fertility potential improving semen count, morphology, and motility.

Benefits during: Acupuncture increases the amount of blood flow to the uterus, improves the quality of the endometrium lining and overall uterine environment, relaxes the uterus and decreases uterine contractions, reduces stress and anxiety, and gives embryos an optimal environment rich in blood supply necessary for successful implantation.

Benefits after: Acupuncture helps to assist fetus development, decrease pregnancy complications, helps to prevent miscarriages and minimizes morning sickness in the first trimester of pregnancy.

What Should I Expect During My First Fertility Acupuncture Visit?

1. Complete review of your health history
2. Review of your previous menstrual cycles
3. Review of your basal body temperature chart (if available)
4. Review of your most current blood work
5. Review of imaging
6. Explanation of acupuncture for fertility
7. Review of partners sperm analysis (if available)
8. Review of body systems
9. Develop a treatment plan for success
10. Acupuncture treatment (25-30 minutes)

After A Failed IVF/IUI Cycle, Can Acupuncture Help To Conceive Naturally?

Yes, we have patients who conceive naturally after a failed cycle. After several acupuncture sessions, often in conjunction with Chinese herbs, patients can conceive naturally, depending on the cause of the fertility challenge. If you want to conceive naturally, we recommend Chinese herbs to help assist sperm quality and function. For successful conception, both healthy eggs and health sperm are necessary for fertilization. For fertilization to occur the sperm needs to reach, penetrate, and fertilize the egg. We recommend acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine treatments to improve sperm quality and increase the chances of pregnancy.

After I Conceive, Do I Need To Continue Acupuncture?

We highly recommend that you continue treatment to "hold and stabilize the fetus." There are many safe acupuncture points that are used during pregnancy to prevent miscarriage and reduce the chances of severe morning sickness. Especially in cases of conception after infertility we recommend you continue treatment one time per week until the 12th week of pregnancy when the chance of miscarriage is greatly decreased.

Insurance & Payment Questions

Is Acupuncture Covered By Insurance?

Please check with your provider to see if Acupuncture is covered. The next step would be to call our office and speak to us directly to see if we have contracts with your current provider. They can help answer any questions you may have, verify your benefits and set you up with an appointment.

How Much Of My Acupuncture Treatment Is Covered By Insurance?

Plans varies, so you must look at the details of your plans. PPO’s typically cover between 20-80%- it is most important that you call your provider and verify exact amounts negating any surprises. HSA accounts will cover the cost of the acupuncture treatment, but it may not cover the cost of any herbs that you may choose to purchase.

What Types Of Insurance Does Your Office Accept?

We accept Cigna, United Health Care, Coastal, Optum Health and Valley Health Plan insurances. We also take UnitedHealthcare, Sutter, Workers Comp and Personal Injury claims from car accidents injuries. We do not take any Medicare or Medical insurance.

Can I Use My HSA (Health Savings Account) To Pay For Acupuncture?

Health Savings Account or HSA is a tax-deductible health savings account which is set up by your employer. You decide at the beginning of the year how much you think you are going to need for the year – this can include acupuncture – and then the amount comes off your paycheck. The benefit of this system is that the amount you choose to deduct from your pay reduces your taxable income or pretax deduction.

Do You Offer Reasonable Package Plans Or A Schedule Of Payment(s)?

Yes, at way of Wellness, we offer reasonable package plans. We will work with you and try to be scalable with our approach to fees.

What Is A Superbill?

A superbill is a receipt of services that includes a diagnosis code and a procedure code. It is used for patients to submit to insurance companies directly for reimbursement within the patient’s insurance benefit plan.

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