Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is naturopathic medicine?

A: Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process.  The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods.  For more info, visit www.naturopathic.org

 

Q. How does acupuncture work?

A: Acupuncture is all about restoring balance to the body.  "Where there is pain, there is stagnation" is a saying that explains the rationale behind many of our treatments for pain management - when there is poor circulation of qi (chi) or blood, pain or discomfort will result.  Acupuncture helps to target these areas of stagnation to encourage a more balanced flow of energy and circulation.  I will also take your overall constitution into account and address any imbalances in your body systems as well.    

 

Q. What should I expect during my first visit?

A: Naturopathic visit: The first visit typically lasts 1-1 1/2 hours long, during which my goal is to get to know you, your medical history, and your current and future health goals.  I will do a thorough intake to gain an understanding of what's happened in your life that has affected your health up to this point so we can figure out the best treatment approach to go from here.  I will do an examination and possibly order some labs or specialty testing.  It's a good idea to provide me with previous lab work and other documents that you feel are important to share with me.  I will customize a treatment plan for you and as we work together, we will modify it as needed. 

Acupuncture session: I will conduct a thorough intake as well as examine your tongue and pulse to help determine any imbalances in your constitution. Treatments are individualized based on your symptoms and constitution.  Sessions are typically 1 hour long. 

Q: Why do you ask to look at my tongue and feel my pulse?

A:  Observing the tongue and the pulse gives clues to your overall health and can help guide or confirm a Chinese medicine diagnosis.  When looking at the tongue, we are taking note of the shape, color, size, coating, indentations, and other characteristics.  For the pulse, we are observing the rate, depth, strength, and overall quality of the pulse.  Based on these findings, I can tailor the treatment to address your overall constitution and restore balance in organ systems or meridians.

 

Q: Does insurance cover for visits?

I do not bill insurance for visits, but I am happy to provide you with a "superbill" to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

 

Q. What kind of conditions do you treat?

A: The beauty of holistic medicine is that treatments address the whole person.  Therefore, I treat a wide variety of conditions, this ranges from acne to digestive disorders, to autoimmune conditions, to aches and pains, to infertility and menstrual disorders, and the list goes on.. I work in partnership with my patients to determine the underlying cause of these conditions so that we can treat the cause and remove obstacles to healing.  If there is a condition that requires a referral to a specialist, I'm happy to do that as well.

Q. Do you offer online consultations?

A: I am happy to set up an online consultation via Skype. Please message me to coordinate an appointment time.