FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

 

Is Acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is generally considered very safe when performed by a licensed traditional Chinese medicine practitioner (National Institute of Health, 2013). Acupuncture needles are micro thin, solid, metallic, and disposable (single-use). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved acupuncture needles as safe and effective medical devices.

Is Acupuncture painful?

As the needles are inserted, most patients experience minimal pain. Some patients feel relaxed by the treatment, while some feel energized, and some may feel temporary pain known as healing crisis.

Can I receive acupuncture while I am under the care of a Western doctor?

In Asian countries, the use of traditional Chinese medicine is complimentary and there is no perceived conflict between receiving acupuncture while under Western medical care. We will never recommend stopping medications prescribed by your Western doctors, but we aspire to making those drugs unnecessary after you reclaim your natural wellness.

How long will the cupping marks last – the round red spots that Michael Phelps had at the Rio Olympics?

The round red or purple spots on the skin are due to the temporary extravasation of blood into subcutaneous tissue after the cupping treatment. There is no damage to capillaries and vessels. There is no tenderness associated with typical bruises. The blood is simply reabsorbed into the blood stream and the marks fade within days.

The marks are not “bruises” by definition because there is no trauma or injury to the vessels, which would take weeks and months to heal. And the marks are not “dermatitis” or “rash” because they do not represent inflammation of the skin. The cupping marks are transitory and usually there is no pain in the area.

How can traditional Chinese nutrition therapy help?

Understanding and reengineering your nutrition is very complex. It requires a detailed food inventory, an assessment of what you like and what you need in your diet, and a collaborative and fun effort to improv your life through better nutrition. Dr. Park has the patience and vast knowledge to upgrade you and your family’s nutrition so that it can better serve all of you.

Will my insurance cover acupuncture treatments? And do I need a referral from my Western medicine doctor?

Many insurance companies cover acupuncture treatments; and a referral may or may not be necessary, depending on the insurance company. Please contact your insurance company directly for information on your coverage.

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