1. What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a technique of inserting and manipulating hair-thin needles into the body to relieve pain and treat diseases. The World Health Organization and the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture list a number of diseases for which acupuncture is effective.
2. How do I know if Chinese medicine is appropriate for me?
Please call or e-mail Jade Acupuncture Clinic to make an appointment for a free consultation or to discuss whether Chinese medicine might be appropriate for you.
3. How safe are acupuncture needles?
Each needle is sterile and is used for only one insertion.
Acupuncture is a very safe treatment approach, but occasionallyslight bruising or slight bleeding can occur at an acupuncture site. Your acupuncturist will explain the possible complications of acupuncture to you before your first treatment.
4. Why should I look for a board-certified acupuncturist?
A board-certified acupuncturist has had extensive training in acupuncture and has passed a series of national board exams, as well as a clean-needle technique exam, ensuring safety and competence.
5. Can I be treated if I’m afraid of the needles?
Yes, it is possible to use acupressure, cupping, magnets, and other non-needle options in some cases.
Some people choose only to use Chinese herbs and forego acupuncture treatments.
6. Can I use acupuncture or Chinese herbs if I’m taking medication?
Yes. Chinese herbs and acupuncture can usually be safely combined with medication if done carefully. Please tell your acupuncturist about all medications, supplements, and other herbs you are taking to help avoid interactions.
7. How should I prepare for an acupuncture treatment?
Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes.
To avoid feeling faint, make sure that you eat before coming for an acupuncture treatment.
Many people find acupuncture treatments very relaxing and may even fall asleep during the treatments.
8. What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?
Please give Jade Acupuncture Clinic a call at least 24 hours before your appointment if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment.
9. How may I pay for my treatments?
Jade Acupuncture Clinic accepts cash and checks. We no longer accept credit or debit cards.
Payment is due at the time of treatment.
10. Will my insurance cover acupuncture or Chinese herbs?
Some insurance companies do cover acupuncture, so check with your insurance company. Because each policy differs, only your insurance company can provide an answer.
If your insurance policy does cover acupuncture, Jade Acupuncture Clinic will provide you with the paperwork to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Chinese herbs are not covered by insurance.
11. What if I have additional questions?
Please email or call Jade Acupuncture Clinic if you have any questions or concerns.
Phone: (630) 400-0185
Jeri Petz, MSOM, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)
Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM)
Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine
Copyright 2008 by Jeri Petz, L.Ac.
Jade Acupuncture Clinic Ltd.