Frequently Asked Questions
What Does Acupuncture Treat?
The World Health Organization (WHO) published an official report listing 31 symptoms, conditions and diseases that have been shown in controlled trials to be treated effectively by Acupuncture. Those symptoms, conditions and diseases include: Respiratory, Ear, Nose and Throat, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Neurologic and Musculoskeletal Disorders, Reproductive & Gynecological Conditions, and Mental Emotional Problems. For the full list click on the following link: www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/who-official-position/
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries. The premise of Chinese medicine is that the body and the different organ systems are in a continual state of energetic exchange, with homeostasis or balance the inherent goal. Achieving this balance is done by regulating the qi (pronounced "chee") and blood flowing through the organs and channels (meridians) in the body. Acupuncture is a way to unblock or influence qi and help it flow back into balance.
What Should I Do Before & After My Appointment?
It is best to come to your appointment well hydrated and to eat a light meal or snack. You should not be overly exhausted and please do not drink alcoholic beverages before your appointment. Wear or bring loose, comfortable clothes. A day or two before your appointment avoid brushing your tongue (if you do so) as we will look at your tongue for diagnostic purposes. Avoid strenuous physical activity for several hours after your treatment and be sure to keep yourself hydrated. If you are feeling under the weather please come in for your appointment as we can treat you current symptoms.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments you will need depends on the duration, severity and nature of your problem. Typically, the more acute a problem is, the quicker it can be resolved. However, this is not always the case. Healing also depends on your body's ability to shift into a state of balance. While chronic conditions may require a series of regular treatments over time, sometimes they can actually clear up quite quickly. Therefore, we will assess your progress after the first couple of treatments and create a treatment plan based on your results.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Unlike hypodermic needles used to give shots or draw blood, acupuncture needles are solid and are about the diameter of a human hair. Because of this you should feel little to no sensation when the needle is inserted. Once in place, however, you may feel a slight ache, tingling, or heaviness at the point where the needle was placed or along the corresponding meridian. These sensations should be mild enough so that you can rest comfortably during your treatment and are a sign that your qi is being balanced.
Do You Accept Insurance?
Evolve Wellness is in the process of getting credentialed and will accept insurance by the end of summer 2018. Until then, we can provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance provider. We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flex Spending Account (FSA) credit cards.