Washington Heights



Frequently Asked Questions

  • How Long Is A Session? About one hour. Your first session may go a little longer if we have time.
  • What Usually Happens? I will ask you a series of questions and do a complete health history to find the underlying cause of your health issue. I’ll ask about your symptoms and life-style. I’ll examine your tongue, your pulses, and palpate various parts of your body to find patterns which identify which organs and meridians may be out of balance. Together we’ll come up with a treatment plan which may include acupuncture, bodywork, herbs, nutritional advice, lifestyle changes, or all of the above.
  • Is Acupuncture Safe? Yes. Only sterile disposable needles are used. Acupuncture is non-toxic with minimal side effects. The WHO states that this may be the reason why acupuncture is so popular for chronic and acute pain states in many countries.
  • Do the needles hurt? Generally speaking, people don’t feel much when the very fine acupuncture needles are inserted. Occasionally, there may be a sensation of heaviness or a tingling at first. In most cases, by the end of a session people have forgotten that they still have needles in!
  • How Should I prepare? Wear or bring loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points. Don’t eat a large meal just before your visit. Refrain from overexertion, drugs, or alcohol prior to your appointment.
  • Can I use my insurance? I do not take insurance, but I will provide you with a “superbill” for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
  • What forms of payment do you accept? Checks, cash, and some forms of EBT’s (ie Chase Quick Pay).