Frequently Asked Questions



Q: What is the relationship between acupuncture and Western medicine? Do you believe in collaborating with my physician?

A: Acupuncture can be very effectively combined with Western medicine. As a former nurse, I always collaborate with other health care providers and do not recommend altering medications or other therapies without first consulting your personal physician or health care provider.



Q: What about the needles? Do they hurt?

A: I use needles that are very thin, about the thickness of two human hairs. The needles are sterile, individually packaged and disposed of after each use. During treatment I insert the needles just beneath the skin and although sensations vary from person to person, most patients report little or no discomfort. The most commonly reported feelings are: mild stinging, tingling and a sensation of heat round the needles.



Q: Where will I receive treatment?

A: My office is located in Potomac, MD. Please look up the “Contact Us” section of the website for my complete address, map and directions to get to my office.



Q: How much will it cost?

Initial consultation (15 mins): Free

Find out how acupuncture can address your specific issues

First treatment (90-120 mins): $120

We talk in detail about your heath and medical history and you also receive your first treatment

Subsequent treatment (60 mins): $80

I offer a sliding scale of fees for those with more limited financial resources.



Q: How many treatments will I receive?

A: I usually ask my patients to come in once a week or a minimum of 4 to 6 treatments. After that, we typically decrease the frequency of treatment to once every two weeks, then to once a month. Many patients like to continue having maintenance treatment, which may vary to coming in once a month to getting treated every three months. Deciding on frequency of treatment depends very much on how a patient is doing and

what he or she feels need as his or her health improves.



Q: Is there good Western medical research on acupuncture?

A: There certainly is. As one of the most accepted types of complementary medicine today, acupuncture has been researched for many years. Please check out my wellness blog for some recent and very interesting research on acupuncture.



Q: Does insurance cover acupuncture?

A: Many insurance companies do. Please call you provider to find out what kind of acupuncture coverage they offer.



Q: What criteria should one use when choosing an acupuncturist?

A: Always ask where the practitioner trained, how long the training was, how long he or she has been in practice and what experience the practitioner has had in treating the patient’s specific ailment. Acupuncture is a licensed and regulated healthcare profession in the USA. So make sure your practitioner is licensed to practice in her or his state.



Q: Is there anything I need to do before I receive treatment?

A: Yes, the following suggestion will help you get maximum benefit from your treatment:

Maintain good personal hygiene to reduce the possibility of bacterial infection

To prevent loss, it’s best for you not to wear jewelry

Wear loose clothing. Women should try not wear one-piece dresses and avoid wearing tight stockings.

Avoid treatment when excessively fatigued, hungry, full, very emotional, upset, or make sure you let me known that you are experiencing any of the above conditions.



Q: Is there anything I need to do while receiving treatment?

A: Yes, again:

Relax as much as you can. And let me know if you are anxious.

Do not change your position or move suddenly. Please tell me if you are uncomfortable.

Some people may experience mild dizziness, nausea, cold sweat and faintness during treatment. This often happens if you are nervous. Please let me know immediately so I can redirect or withdraw the needles. Also let me know if you are feeling an increasing amount of pain or burning sensation during your treatment.



Q: What can I expect after treatment?

A: Occasionally you may note a small spot of blood at the needle site and/or a small bruise could develop. These are not harmful side effects, but please talk to me if you are concerned.

Some patients experience an immediate, total or partial relief of their pain or other symptoms after the very first treatment. This relief may last or some pain may return. In a few cases, there may not be immediate relief only to notice the pain diminish over the next couple of days. Generally you should expect to feel better.

Sometimes, the more chronic and long-lasting the condition, the longer it may take for the treatment to have an effect. In these cases the patient may need at least three treatments until he or she can start to experience some palpable relief.