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Acupuncture needles are thin, hair-like one-time-used disposable needles. There is very little, if any, discomfort other than a tiny prick sensation when the needles are inserted. After insertion, there may be dull, heavy, or tingling sensation which indicates that the Qi has been contacted. These reactions are all positive and normal. Patients are able to relax and enjoy their treatments.
The initial evaluation usually takes one hour. Subsequent treatments can take anywhere from 20 – 45 minutes depending on what type of condition is being treated.
The initial visit consists of filling out an in-depth health history form focusing on the reason for treatment. The acupuncturist will conduct an exam which will include feeling your pulses, looking at your tongue, palpating tender acupoints, and observing and questioning the patient according to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory. These procedures give the acupuncturist information that is needed to determine the correct pattern that is going on in the body. After the individual pattern is diagnosed, a treatment plan is presented which will consist of a number of treatments depending upon the condition and findings. Treatments can include acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, massage, lifestyle counseling, and exercise.
The number of treatments needed depends upon the condition being treated, its severity, and how long it has been present. Acupuncture treatments may be needed anywhere from 1-3 times a week at first. As the health issue improves, fewer treatments are required. With the Micro Acupuncture protocol, treatments are given 3 times a day with 2-hour intervals in between. Each person responds differently. Some need only a few treatments while others need sustained care to reverse entrenched patterns established over time. To help reduce the number of treatments, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary modifications, qi gong and specific exercise regimens, stress reduction techniques, and self-massage will be recommended specific to each individual case.
In California, acupuncturists are licensed by the state and are required to have more than 4,000 hours of training. “Medical Acupuncture” is acupuncture practiced by physicians who take a 200-hour course. I recommend you choose a fully educated, licensed acupuncturist who has experience with your particular health concern.
Many insurance companies are now covering acupuncture treatments. You will need to contact your insurance company and ask if they cover acupuncture, how many treatments per year, what percentage do they cover, and what type of conditions do they cover.

Here at the Health and Vision Acupuncture Center, we are able to work with a wide variety of insurance providers by providing our patients with a superbill upon request. A superbill is an invoice for your visit that uses standardized codes for all of the treatments performed. This process requires the patient to pay the full cost of the treatment out-of-pocket at the time of the visit. The superbill can thereafter be submitted to your insurance carrier for full or partial reimbursement to you depending on your policy.

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