Yes. It was the primary medical system in Asia for 3000 years prior to today’s Western Medical Model. Any culture would be extinct that continually utilized a healthcare system that was ineffective in treating sickness. It is still utilized today throughout the world.
– The World Health Organization recommends acupuncture for various conditions.
Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Clinical Trials http://www.who.int/medicinedocs/pdf/s4926e/s4926e.pdf
– The National Institute of Health funds studies for acupuncture. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/acupuncture
– Many American Universities have acupuncture departments such as UCLA, Stanford, University of Chicago, Columbia and Harvard.
– Many world-renowned hospitals have integrated acupuncture departments such as The Mayo Clinic, The Cleveland Clinic, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago and Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
– US News and World reports the honor roll of top American hospitals all offer complimentary alternative medicines including acupuncture.
People have suffered from many of the same disorders the last few thousand years. You can see a list of disorders treated by acupuncture by clicking the “benefits” tab on the home page.
The needles inserted stimulate the central nervous system via its peripheral nervous system to cause the release of hormones and neurotransmitters that change the body’s biochemistry.
For example, needles can cause the release of endorphins, which act as a natural pain regulator.
The needle gauge (thickness), is much thinner than one used with adults. We select the appropriate acupuncture points, insert the tip of the needle and remove it immediately. The needles do not need to be retained in their skin as with adults. Adults have needles inserted and the needles remain for at least twenty minutes. This is not necessary with children and children will not sit still for long.
That’s okay. We respect their right to refuse. They might be little, but they still have rights. We have multiple ways to affect change. We try to build trust with the children from day one. We do not violate that trust by tricking, bribing or forcing children to participate with treatment. When they trust the practitioner and the environment, they willingly participate.
We have a “tickle machine”, which emits a small electrical impulse that frequently causes giggles, hence the name. We can use this in lieu needles.
There are also pediatric massage techniques, which are taught to parents to continue at home.
We also have pediatric herbal medicines, many of which are glycerin based in order to help children be compliant with taking their medicine.
The first treatment will be between 1 – 1 ½ hours depending on the length medical history. Every treatment after that can be between ½ hour to 1 hour long.
On a first visit, there will be a review of the chief complaint, medical history, and dietary practices. There is a general system review of body functions.
If the child is able to participate with the intake, then it is encouraged and preferred. Parents are required to be in the room with minors.
If the chief complaint is musculoskeletal, then orthopedic test will be performed.
Physical exams may take place with complaints of pain or discomfort.
Lastly, the treatment will include acupuncture and all modalities required, which may include, but not limited to, cupping, electrical stimulation, massage, kinesio tape, dietary recommendations, herbs, educational handouts or exercises.
Everyone has different coverage. As long as your policy covers you or your dependents for acupuncture, we are able to bill your insurance.
It is highly recommended that you call your provider and ask about your acupuncture coverage under your policy. They can tell you if you are covered, for how much, and for how many visits per year. They can clarify the amount of your deductible and how much has been met. In the case that your deductible has not been met, we take full payment for our services and bill your insurance to help you meet your annual deductible.
In some cases, such as Anthem Blue Cross, we can provide you with a Superbill to be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement.
We are always able to provide you with a Superbill upon request.
All patients are asked to provide 24-hour notice of cancellation or rescheduling. Regular attendance is important to reach a good outcome. We try to be as flexible as possible: however, the practitioner has the option to charge full payment of that treatment.
In consideration of those patients before and after you, we ask that patients arrive on time or call in advance to notify us of tardiness. Depending on how late, we can determine if rescheduling will be better or if we can accommodate you. We try to be as flexible as possible: however, the practitioner has the option to reduce treatment time or cancel your appointment with full payment of that treatment. We are understanding of life’s many challenges and try to accommodate our patients to the best of our abilities. These policies were created for those who frequently miss appointments and/or consistently arrive late. I only encounter these patients occasionally. If you are not one of these patients, then you have no need to worry.