FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I DON’T LIVE CLOSE ENOUGH FOR ACUPUNCTURE—HOW CAN YOU HELP ME VIA TELEHEALTH?
Though acupuncture is powerful medicine, patients consistently comment on the equal benefits of herbal medicine, conversation, advice and support. Much like Naturopaths in Vermont, Acupuncturists in California are Primary Care Providers. Trained to be health navigators, Chinese Medicine practitioners (Acupuncturists) meet with people for a variety of needs, and in a flexible capacity (such as telehealth). The comprehensive education of a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine combined with Brooke’s experience and style makes for effective treatment, whether in the office or remotely.
CAN YOU HELP MY CONDITION?
Likely, yes. If you are unsure and have questions, please reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE NEEDLES?
Many people don’t! Rarely, acupuncture is not right for someone and it’s best they are referred to another modality (such as bodywork). But mostly people realize these needles are much smaller than they imagined, and treatments are surprisingly relaxing. The initial treatment is administered with extra caution and sensitivity, as you get to know this new experience.
WILL MY INSURANCE COVER TREATMENTS?
Many policies cover acupuncture. To find out about yours, call the number on the back of your insurance card. If your policy does include acupuncture, a receipt can be emailed to you, which you submit to your insurance company for likely reimbursement.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST/CHINESE MEDICINE SPECIALIST AND OTHER PRACTITIONERS OFFERING ACUPUNCTURE?
The training and competency of a Licensed Acupuncturist is in sharp contrast to the acupuncture training of other healthcare professionals. A Licensed Acupuncturist has 3,000 hours of comprehensive training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, whereas other practitioners typically receive 25-300 hours of abbreviated training in the basics of acupuncture. Additionally, acupuncturists have considerably more experience administering this primary modality daily. Other healthcare professionals often treat a limited number of points and focus on musculoskeletal aspects of treatment. Licensed Acupuncturists are utilizing a system of medicine to treat the complexity of disease/ imbalance. Licensed Acupuncturists are also well-trained in standard medical history gathering, safety, ethics, and when to refer or consult.
HOW CAN I GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CARE?
If you decide to invest in this practitioner do it fully. This means communicating directly and honestly, following prescription instructions, and consulting with Brooke before Google. You are paying her for her education, expertise and advice; take it! Keep all practitioners informed of your treatment choices and enjoy “handing it over.” This means simultaneously engaging your own discernment and surrendering control, which creates the ideal environment for health.
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE; ARE YOU TEACHING ANY CLASSES?
Brooke is often teaching classes, sometimes at a local college and sometimes online.
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