Frequently Asked Questions

What is Acupuncture?

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What is Qi?

At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi (pronounced “chee”), or Life Energy, flows throughout the body and protects if from illness, pain, and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity, and balance of Qi. Qi is often translated in modern terms as the body’s immune system, the digestive system, the neurological systems, oxygen and the circulatory system to name a few.

We like to refer to Qi as our body’s “bio-electricity”.

What will the Acupuncturist do on my first visit?

During the Initial Consultation and Examination, a full health history will be taken and discussed. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health, and lifestyle. After the consultation, a physical examination is conducted. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate, and comprehensive diagnosis of where Qi has become blocked or imbalanced.

If we feel we can help you and accept your case, Acupuncture treatments will follow. For treatments, you will lie on a comfortable Spa-Massage table ( which can be heated) in a room with dimmed lights and relaxing music, our Acupuncturist will insert Acupuncture filaments into the specific places necessary to bring about healing. This goes unnoticed by many people, others may feel a slight tingle followed by a sensation of warmth and heaviness. Breathing exercises will be given on your first treatment to help you reduce stress and relax and possibly even fall asleep!

Why does the Acupuncturist check my pulse?

There are 12 pulse positions on each wrist that our Acupuncturist will palpate. Each position corresponds to a specific meridian and organ. Our Acupuncturists will be looking for individual qualities of each pulse that reflect overall health.

Why do they want to look at my tongue?

The tongue is a map of the body. It reflects the general health of the organs and meridians. Our Acupuncturists will look at the color, shape, cracks, and coating on the tongue. Your Acupuncturist will then explain what they see so you better understand the entire process.

What if I have a lot of symptoms and problems?

Acupuncture is a whole body treatment. Most patients have multiple symptoms or problems. Because it works to treat the entire body, (mentally, physically, emotionally) ailments are able to be treated as a whole at each visit.

Is Acupuncture expensive?

No, our office prides itself on working with you to develop a course of treatment that suits your condition, lifestyle, available time, budget and expectations.

This is not western medicine – you will not receive expensive medications that may mask and hide symptoms. Acupuncture will allow your body to heal itself – in the long term, you will spend much less time and money in healthcare – AND FEEL BETTER.

Will my insurance cover Acupuncture?

Insurance coverage varies from plan to plan. Contact your health insurance provider to learn what kind of care is covered. Here are a few questions to ask:

  • Will my plan cover Acupuncture?
  • How many visits per calendar year?
  • Do I have a wellness benefit?
What type of education is required to practice Acupuncture?

You should ask where the Acupuncturist was trained and how much experience he/she has had in treating your disease. Acupuncturists receive 3 to 4 years (3,000 to 4,000 hours) of extensive and comprehensive graduate training preferably from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. All Acupuncturists must pass a national exam and meet strict guidelines to practice. Marc Cutler’s bio is available on this site for credentials.

Is there just one Acupuncture method?

No. There are several different techniques an Acupuncturist can use to stimulate the greatest, most successful response in the body. Depending on what is being treated, a variation may be used. Our practice utilizes Dr. Tan’s Balance method and Dr Tong’s methods of Acupuncture. These methods are approximately 2,500 years old and offer very quick responses as compared to other Acupuncture Methods.

The Balance Method produces instantaneous results making it an invaluable treatment for pain. This style of Acupuncture also helps to create a treatment matrix for some more difficult conditions which have not responded to other types of treatment.

The acupuncture points used are on the scalp and ears, from the elbows to the fingers, and from the knees to the toes. Consequently, the patient never has to take off his or her clothes and the treatments are efficient, comfortable and extremely effective.

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