What should I expect on my first visit?
Acupuncturists ask many questions about you in the initial visit because they want to get a whole picture. The intake includes pulse reading as well as tongue and hara (abdomen) diagnosis or palpation along the spine.
Depending on what you need and are open to, treatment may include:
The needles are hair thin but very powerful. They can loosen tight and painful muscles, boost organ function, remove blockages and stagnation, lift the spirit, improve circulation, digestion, absorption, hormone imbalances, neurological problems, and so much more. This is the shared experience of millions of patients and practitioners over 5000 years.
Burning mugwort (artemisia vulgaris) over acu points to get energy flowing and to warm the channels.
Chinese medical bodywork.
Applying “suction-like” cups to the skin to draw out toxins, remove phlegm, or loosen tight muscles.
Applying therapeutic balms to the skin, usually for acute injuries.
Together we come up with a realistic plan to get your whole body and mind feeling better.
Do I need to prepare anything in advance?
Please make sure you are fed and hydrated the day of your treatment.
How long does a session last?
First session lasts a little over an hour. All following sessions last an hour.
What should I wear?
Please wear comfortable clothing that allows access to your knees, arms and abdomen.
Does it hurt?
Nancy will accommodate your sensitivity level and will check in with you often. However, people often remark, "I didn't expect needles to be so relaxing."
Do you take insurance?
Yes. Nancy is an in-network provider for Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, but will accept any out of network plans that cover acupuncture.
To verify your benefits, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide a pic of your card and your date of birth. If you are not the plan holder, then you may provide plan holder's first and last name and date of birth.
Where can I learn more about acupuncture?