Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Does acupuncture hurt?
No--seriously! Some people feel an occasional twinge, but this is unusual. Acupuncture is very relaxing. Patients report feelings of warmth and well-being during treatments.
2. How many treatments do I need?
This depends on your condition--whether it is chronic or acute, and your body's constitution. A short term problem generally takes fewer sessions, but it is a very individual thing. Because acupuncture is gentle and helps your own body find balance, we suggest at least 3 sessions to allow acupuncture and herbs to help you heal. We will work with you to find the treatment modalities that are most effective for your condition.
Many patients will come for treatments a few times for a short term problem, then return several months later if a different ailment arises. Some patients also come in for maintenance treatments to keep them as pain-free as possible. I have even had patients experience relief with one treatment.
3. Is Traditional Chinese Medicine a religion?
No. Traditional Chinese Medicine is not a religion, but based in Eastern philosophy. While it does look at human beings in a holistic fashion, that is, mind-body-spirit and recognizes that physical symptoms can have emotional causes, it is most definitely not a religion. Eastern thought is rooted in a different philosophy than western thought in many respects, but that is also why it is such a useful adjunct to western medicine. My experience with Western medicine is that it tends to view patients as pieces of a whole, and not an integrated person.
4. Will my insurance pay?
Some insurance companies will pay for pain treatments or nausea with pregnancy. I am a provider with United Healthcare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Allies, Access One Consumer Health, Secure Horizons, PacifiCare Health Systems, Primera Blue Cross, Great West Healthcare, and Medical Resource. Leslie is out of network with Aetna, based on their regulations of MDs only for in-network providers. We can provide you with paperwork to file with your insurance company in order to be reimbursed if I am not credentialed with your company.
5. Why should I consider acupuncture?
After being a Registered Nurse for many years, I noticed that patients are looking for alternatives to taking another pill. Western medicine tends to view patients as either sick or not sick. Traditional Chinese Medicine understands that health is a continuum. You may not be "sick" per se, yet there are many ways your body manifests stress and injury. Some of these include digestive tract issues, emotional imbalances, food cravings, whether you always feel hot or cold, and of course, numerous aches and pains. Acupuncture helps your body restore balance, and you just feel better when your health is optimized.
6. Are herbs safe?
Definitely, when given to you by an experienced herbalist. I have had extensive training on herb/drug interactions. I'm also an RN, so I understand how western medication works in the body. AcupunctureWorkz uses a US based company for its herbal products and they are safe (Golden Flower Chinese Herbs, MediHerbs, and Standard Process products).
7. Do you use needles more than once?
No. All needles are sterile, stainless steel, extremely thin, and disposed of after one use. These are not hypodermic needles that most patients are familiar with!
8. What education do you have to have?
Licensed acupuncturists in Texas go to a graduate level program that lasts from 3-5 years. Licensed acupuncturists have treated over 500 patients with acupuncture and herbs by the time they graduate. They also must complete four board examinations for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in order to practice in Texas.
9. What is your cancellation policy?
We have a busy practice, so we ask that you give us 24 hours notice when cancelling an appointment. We know that emergencies come up, so please let us know as soon as possible if you cannot make it. Our appointment scheduling system will send you an email reminder for your appointments. If you don't show up for an appointment more than twice, we will likely need to refer you to another acupuncturist. Thanks for your consideration of our policy.
10. Do you treat infertility?
Leslie does not treat infertility once a patient is working with a reproductive endocrinologist. However, she has a wonderful practitioner to refer you to, Lindsay Strahle, LAc, who can work with you on issues of fertility.