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Q:  Will acupuncture or other tradtional Chinese medicine (TCM) approaches help me?

A:  TCM is widely accepted and has been shown to be effective for many medical conditions.  There are certain conditions, of course, which are best treated using modern, western medicine.  There are also many conditions for which a combined approach is most helpful.  Then there are conditions for which acupuncture and other TCM therapies have an advantage over western medicine.  Dr. Hobbs will be happy to discuss your situation with you and, if you like, to confer with your primary care physician to assess the likelihood of your being helped by acupuncture and/or other TCM therapies.

Q:  Is acupuncture safe?

A:  Acupuncture is a minimally invasive procedure that is remarkably safe.  The needles are sterilized, used only once and then carefully discarded.  Great care is employed during insertion to prevent infection or other complications.   

Q:  Is acupuncture painful?

A:  The needles used for acupuncture are very tiny and in most cases there is little or no discomfort associated with insertion.   After the needles are placed, they are manipulated for a few seconds to produce a phenomenon called de qi (pronounced "da chee") or arrival of qi.  De qi is signalled by a very brief sensation at the needling site and sometimes along the path of the meridian.  This response is a good indication that the needle is doing its job.  The feeling of de qi usually lasts only a few seconds and is associated with minimal discomfort.  Many patients, once they have experienced acupuncture, actually look forward to the sensation of de qi because they recognize its significance.

Q:  What are the benefits of acupuncture and other TCM therapies?

A:  Foremost is that the methods used are safe, natural (relying upon the body's inherent ability to heal itself) and holistic.  Add to that the fact that many millions of people over a period of literally thousands of years have been helped by this ancient approach to healing and that in many instances patients for whom western medicine has not worked have been healed by traditional Chinese medicine. 

Q:  What are the advantages of an integrative approach?

A:  Integrative medicine honors the spirit-mind-body connection.  By uniting western medicine with other healing traditions, such as traditional Chinese medicine, the patient is more likely to get the help they need in all spheres and to find that specific resonance which leads to peace, harmony and wellness.

Q:  Does my insurance cover acupuncture?

A;  Many but not all insurances do cover acupuncture services.  Please check with your carrier to know for certain.  We are happy to provide all the necessary information for you to submit claims.

Q:  Are there payment plans?

A:  Yes, we accept Visa and Mastercard.  We also will make arrangements for financial hardship.

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