What can acupuncture treat?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the following symptoms, diseases and conditions that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture:
Low Back Pain
Facial Pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Nausea and Vomiting
...and many more
For a complete list of conditions that can be helped by acupuncture, please refer to the full study, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials. For a summary of the study, please refer to this article by Acupuncture Today.
Is it possible to get instant pain relief?
Absolutely! The method we implement is designed to precisely and quickly alleviate the pain. This is in line with Chinese medicine classical texts that specifically emphasize that acupuncture should give immediate results.
Do you needle the affected area?
This depends on the symptoms, and the patient's toleration of stimulation to the area of pain. For patients that cannot tolerate stimulation to the area of pain, the method we use enables us to locate the "switch" to turn off the pain quickly without aggravating the painful area. If a patient can tolerate stimulation to the affected area, and if the points needed to treat the condition or symptom lie along meridian lines that run in the affected area, we can needle directly into that area. Generally speaking, it is not necessary to needle into the affected area to reduce pain.
How often do I need to come after the first treatment?
After a patient experiences pain relief from the first treatment, it is imperative that the treatment continues until the pain goes away completely. The frequency of treatment really depends on the chronicity and severity of pain. For most people that have had pain for a while, it is best if they can come 2-3 times a week during the first couple of weeks until a more sustainable result is achieved. It is important to remember that when we treat chronic pain, we are also fighting against the body's tendency to go back to the adapted pain pattern. Continuous treatments are used to break this cycle of pain. Once pain has been reduced, the frequency of treatments will reduce.
How long is each treatment?
Your very first appointment will take about 1.5 hours, which includes a traditional Chinese medicine intake and diagnosis followed by an acupuncture treatment. The subsequent treatments take about an hour.
Do you accept health insurance?
We are an in-network provider with most major insurance companies. We will bill your health insurance carrier directly and you will be responsible for the co-pay and co-insurance (where applicable) for treatment. Should your insurance plan not cover acupuncture, then you will be responsible for the cost of treatment.
Will my health insurance cover acupuncture?
Your health insurance may or may not cover acupuncture treatment or the condition you are seeking to improve.
Please contact your insurance company to verify your coverage before the first appointment. Questions to ask are:
1. Does my plan cover acupuncture?
2. Does my plan cover the conditions that are treated by acupuncture?
3. What’s my annual deductible for acupuncture treatment? Have I met it yet? How much is left?
4. Is there a co-pay? How much is it for each visit?
Do acupuncture needles hurt?
Acupuncture needles are solid, slender—slightly thicker than a human hair—and bear no resemblance to syringes. We use the finest quality, stainless steel, pre-sterilized, disposable needles. Sensations vary from person to person with some patients feeling a dull, momentary ache or tingling sensation while others feel nothing at all.
Maryland Classical Oriental Medicine
10AM - 6PM, M-F. by appointment, 240.406.7757