Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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How many acupuncture treatments do I need?

The frequency of treatment depends on the severity of the condition. As a form of therapy, it is usually advised to come 2-3 times a week until the obvious symptoms are resolved, but the duration of treatment is often difficult to predict without understanding the whole picture that each patient presents. Since our bodies react differently due to age, lifestyle and genetics, one patient may improve faster than another. It is important not to miss appointments in order to maintain continuity and to be committed to achieving your best health.

Is Acupuncture covered by my health insurance?

Please contact your insurance company to verify coverage for acupuncture. Benefits may vary according to your policy.

In some cases, insurance will cover acupuncture for out of network services. If you would like to submit to your insurance for processing, we can provide you with a superbill for reimbursement.

What about Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)?

Invoices are printed upon request and can be done in batches after several visits or individually. Let our office know if you need the diagnosis or procedure code included in the statement.

Is it safe to take herbs with supplements or medications?

Generally it is safe as long as you take each of them at different times of the day. It is advised to take them with water, approximately 30 minutes before or an hour after eating to increase absorption. If you have a sensitive digestive system, it is best to take herbs after eating.

I’m pregnant. Can I get acupuncture?

Acupuncture is safe and effective for women suffering from morning sickness, fatigue, migraines, physical discomfort and other ailments. Kim Nguyen, L.Ac. is unable to help with breech pregnancy and labor induction at this time.

How should I prepare for an acupuncture treatment?

  • Please eat at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment time and avoid large meals before and after treatment
  • Do not consume alcoholic beverages or engage in sexual activity before or after the treatment.
  • Avoid exercising 2-3 hours before and after the treatment
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing
  • Try not to brush your tongue the morning of your appointment; its coat is very important as a diagnostic tool
  • Bring a list of current medications, herbs and supplements that you take on a regular basis
  • Be prepared to relax and focus on your breath during the treatment
  • Be aware of any changes you encounter physically, mentally or emotionally throughout the week following your treatment

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