What health issues do you treat?
Acupuncture can help with many health concerns.
These issues include but are not limited to:
- Migraine Headaches
- Women’s Issues
- Back Pain
- Shoulder Pain/Frozen Shoulder
- Various types of pain
- Digestion Issues
- Facial Cosmetic
- Weight Loss
- Smoking Cessation
What are your rates?
Acupuncture treatment: $120 per treatment (subsequent acupuncture treatments within the same week are $80 each); initial visits do not incur higher fees. It then begins again each week. If twice a week sessions, the cost is $120 for the first and $80 for the second. If only once a week, the cost is $120.
Additional treatment modalities used may include Slide or Stationary Therapeutic Cupping, Tuina (a type of Chinese bodywork), infrared heat therapy, and Chinese herbal therapy.
The additional treatment modalities mentioned above (minus herbs) are included in your $120 treatment cost, if these additional treatments are deemed necessary for your particular health condition.
Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture Treatment (Facial protocols): $150 per treatment (second treatment within the same week is $100)
Do you accept insurance?
What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.
Also accepted: HSA (health savings account) and FSA (flexible spending account) as long as the accompanying credit/debit card is provided which displays the Visa or Mastercard logo. It is still at the discretion of your HSA/FSA if they will pay, but Ardent Acupuncture is registered as a health service provider.
What do I wear to my appointment?
Patients should wear loose, comfortable clothing. Commonly used acupuncture points are on the arms below the elbows, on the legs below the knee, and on the feet. Clothing that can be rolled up to allow access to those areas will make for an easier experience; jeans are typically unsuited for this.
What can I expect on my first visit?
Your acupuncturist will sit you down and have an extensive conversation regarding your overall health and the condition that brought you in to seek treatment.
You will then be asked to allow visual examination of your tongue. Different areas of the tongue correspond to specific organs of the body, and observation of the color, texture and coating provides additional insight into your condition.
The next step will be to take your pulse. Similar to the tongue, different regions of your wrist pertain to different organs, and the quality, depth, and speed of your pulse give additional information for your diagnosis.
Together with your initial conversation, the tongue and pulse observations will aid in establishing a differential diagnosis and in developing a treatment plan using the acupuncture points best suited to your condition. This treatment plan will continue to evolve throughout your subsequent visits as your condition changes and improves.
You will then be given the acupuncture treatment. For approximately 30 minutes, you will be in the treatment room, retaining the body needles. The environment is relaxed with low light levels and calming music; patients often fall asleep due to the level of relaxation achieved.
Following the treatment, you will have additional conversation with your acupuncturist as they remove the needles and set appropriate expectations for your condition’s expected progression.
How many treatments will I need?
It is important to understand that acupuncture is a natural and gentle form of healing. Acupuncture treatments are cumulative; building on each other. While some improvement may be experienced right away, lasting results can take time as the healing process takes place. Every person and condition is unique, requiring a different frequency and quantity of treatment sessions, but a typical plan might consist of: 2 treatments per week for 3 weeks followed by 2-4 weeks with a single treatment per week. Your condition and progress are continuously re-evaluated, and the treatment plan adjusted accordingly.
After the the conclusion of a treatment plan, many patients transition to a once a month maintenance plan. They experienced the beneficial “side effects” of acupuncture, which can include better sleep quality, calmer mood, improved digestion, and an overall sense of well being, and they don’t want to give that up!