Forms for your First Treatment
When you schedule, these will be emailed to you. Please fill them out right away so that I have an opportunity to view them before our appointment. If for some reason you are unable to fill them out online please contact me so that we can add an extra 15 minutes to your appointment time and you can fill them out in the office.
Your Acupuncture Treatment
Your first appointment will take about 90 minutes and follow up treatments will be 50 minutes to an hour. In order to get a very clear picture and good diagnosis, I ask a lot of questions. If you have never experienced East Asian Medicine the questions may seem strange. I am looking for specific patterns in order to come to a clear Chinese medical diagnosis. Acupuncture points will be chosen accordingly and other applicable therapies may be utilized, such as moxibustion, gua sha, or cupping. I may also decide to prescribe Chinese herbs or other supplements.
Your Herbal Formula
Some maladies respond better with herbal medicine. I may choose to prescribe an herbal formula for you. Formulas come in the form of a pills, tincture, granules, or bulk, meaning you cook it up like a tea. Formulas are utilized based on your Chinese Medicine diagnosis, not your western diagnosis. In other words, I may have 2 patients show up in the same day with a common cold but they have a different pattern presentation. One may have a sharp sore throat and the other just has a little scratchy sore throat. I would likely give them different formulas after I assess the rest of their symptoms. All of the herbs I carry are carefully selected from companies I know and trust and are prepared according to strict Goods Manufacturing Practices (GMP) with high levels of quality control.
Tips for Your Acupuncture Treatments
Wear loose fitting clothes that can be easily rolled up above your elbows and knees. Also, you may need to expose your abdomen from your rib cage to the top of your hips, so avoid one piece suits or dresses.
Be sure you have eaten at least a light meal within a few hours prior to arriving.
Avoid alcohol on the day of your treatment.
Avoid overeating immediately before treatment, and being over-hungry increases the risk of nausea or dizziness.
Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated after your appointment.
For best results, avoid strenuous activity immediately following a treatment. Set aside enough time so that you are not rushing to and from your visit.
Keep a positive attitude and EXPECT positive results. As we follow through on your treatment plan, look for signs of improvement and take encouragement.
I currently take credit cards and cash. Full payment is rendered at the time of service.
If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice, or if you miss a booked appointment, you will be charged the full price for the appointment. If you are more than 15 minutes late to an appointment, the remainder of the time-slot may be given to another patient.
Knowledge is key folks! If you already know all of this please try not to glaze over. Insurance companies DO NOT cover Acupuncture for ALL illnesses. They pick and choose. YOU need to call your insurance company and verify YOUR coverage. Fair Winds Acupuncture is not responsible for verifying this information.
I am currently an Out Of Network provider, so it is important that you gather the information in #7. I will provide you with a copy of what is called a super-bill. ( I know that sounds terrifying, right?) All you do is mail it to your insurance company and they will reimburse you. There shouldn’t be any surprises because you contacted them and understand your coverage.
In addition, most insurance flexible spending account (FSA) programs can be applied to Acupuncture treatments. Please check with you insurance company if this benefit applies to you.
Ask these questions:
Do I have acupuncture coverage? (if yes, then)
Does it cover your chief complaint or western diagnosis? (if yes, then)
Is there a limit of visits or monetary cap?
Do I have a deductible? (Technically, you should already know this.) (if yes, then)
How much has been met? When does the deductible year begin?
Do I have a copay, and if yes, how much?
What are the Out Of Network (OON) provider coverages for Acupuncture? (Often they are just as great as IN Network providers.)