Frequently Asked Questions

What does acupuncture treat?

The National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization recognize that acupuncture can successfully treat the following conditions:

Upper Respiratory Tract

  • Acute sinusitis
  • Acute rhinitis
  • Common Cold and Flu
  • Acute tonsillitis

Respiratory System

  • Acute bronchitis
  • Bronchial asthma

Eye Disorders

  • Acute conjunctivitis
  • Central Retinitis Myopia (in children)
  • Cataracts (without complications)

Mouth Disorders

  • Toothache
  • Post Extraction Pain
  • Gingivitis
  • Acute and Chronic Pharyngitis

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Spasms of esophagus
  • Hiccough
  • Acute and Chronic Gastritis
  • Gastric Hyperacidity
  • Chronic Duodenal Ulcer (pain relief)
  • Acute Duodenal Ulcer (without complications)
  • Acute and Chronic Colitis
  • Acute Bacillary Dysentery
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Paralytic Ileus
Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are thin, disposable, single-use, sterile fillform needles that are meticulously inserted at strategic anatomical locations. Most acupuncture points are located near the surface of the body or in the muscle layer. Some patients feel an initial, quick sensitivity or ache upon needle insertion. However, many patients are pleasantly surprised by the relaxing experience of an acupuncture treatment.

Are the needles sterilized/do you reuse the needles?

A licensed acupuncturist is required to be certified in Clean Needle Technique and use single use, sterilized needles exclusively. The highest quality acupuncture needles are used in my clinic. They are safely disposed of in a special receptacle immediately after your treatment.

Is Chinese medicine safe?

When practiced by a trained and licensed professional, acupuncture is extremely safe.

In fact, Chinese Medicine has been used throughout history to successfully treat a wide variety of health problems and diseases. Chinese medical practices can be a drug-free alternative to help heal many problematic conditions, or serve as a complement to western medical treatment. A thorough patient intake will be performed during the first visit in order to address any concerns before your treatment.

To receive licensing, acupuncturists must complete a three-to four-year masters degree, a 3,000-hour academic program at an accredited, board-approved school. Additionally, over 1,000 hours of required clinical study as a student intern are required to complete an accredited program. Additionally, Nicole studied in several complimentary health settings that integrated western and eastern medical practices.

How should I prepare for my first visit?

Patients should print out and complete the new patient forms before their first visit. If you are unable to do so, please arrive twenty minutes early so that you can complete the forms. You should bring copies of any previous medical records pertinent to your condition and bring a list of medications or supplements with dosage.

Patients should be hydrated and have something to eat approximately one to two hours before their appointment.

Do you accept insurance?

At this time, I do not accept insurance. However, patients will receive a special receipt upon payment to submit to their insurance company for reimbursement. Depending on your insurance carrier and plan, you may be eligible to receive partial or full reimbursement for your treatments.

Where can I find more information on Chinese medicine?

Please visit Pacific College of Oriental Medicine’s Articles page. Here you will find links to resources providing more detailed information on the history and efficacy of Chinese medicine.

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