Top Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q. Where is your office located?

A. We are located at 3601 N. Cole Rd. in Boise, Idaho. Our office is just North of Ustick Road on the West side of the Street. We have convenient parking directly in front of our building and handicap parking as well. Our entire building is ADA approved for handicap access.

 

Q. Some acupuncturists charge less than I do. Why am I more expensive?

A. Acupuncture treatment is a medical art. The results depend on the experience, training and talent of the practitioner. You are paying for my results and ability to help heal your condition in the shortest amount of time possible.

 

Q. How many visits do I need?

A. For acute sinus infection, ear infection, acute stiff neck, acute lower back pain, etc. and you have been experiencing pain for about one week, then it usually will take 1 to 3 visits to successfully address and heal your condition.

 

If you have chronic conditions including chronic sinus infection, TMJ, vertigo, urinary tract infection, carpal tunnel syndrome, middle or lower back pain, sciatica, migraines, knee pain, neck pain, nasal allergies, etc. most of these chronic conditions will take about 6 visits. Occasionally these conditions may require more than 6 treatments to gain complete relief, but not more than 12 visits.

 

If you have asthma, Crohn’s disease, colitis, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), Parkinson’s disease, psoriasis, RA (rheumatoid arthritis), MS (multiple sclerosis), weight loss, etc. usually a longer treatment plan is necessary. It may take treatment once per week for several months or more in order to experience long-term relief from these conditions.

 

Q. What’s the best you can offer me?

A. The best thing that I can offer you, because of my specialized training and in-depth experience, is the ability to tell you how long it will take you to feel better and what type of results and relief you can expect to obtain from receiving treatment from me. Before beginning treatments with me you will be able to make your decision based on a clear treatment plan. My consultations are always free. And, even better, if I do not feel that I can help you, I will not treat you.

 

Q. Is acupuncture painful?

A. Depending on what you are being treated for, some ailments will not cause any pain at all. Treatments on the feet, hands and face are usually more painful than other areas of the body, but it is usually very tolerable. If you find that it is not tolerable for you, I will choose a different treatment application and plan for you to still be able to achieve the same results.

 

Some people are afraid of needles and feel fear about receiving acupuncture, but in fact, the majority of my patients are very relaxed during treatment and most of them fall asleep during acupuncture treatment. Almost all of my patients tell me that they sleep better during an acupuncture treatment then they do at home.

 

Q. Does acupuncture treatment only “numb” the pain for a short time?

A. NO! Acupuncture works to assist the body in healing. Most of the time, the results are lasting. That is, acupuncture can address the root cause of your ailment so that you don’t have it anymore.

 

Q. Do I need maintenance treatments after I finish my treatment plan?

A. Yes, you may. Most people won’t. If you no longer have pain, you don’t need maintenance treatments. But some people who have chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, seasonal allergies, asthma or who use acupuncture to maintain their overall health and well-being may receive acupuncture maintenance treatments to “manage” their condition. As you know, the body is always out of balance is one way or another, here and there you will have different ailments and aches and pain. Many people use regular acupuncture treatments to maintain overall well-being and use acupuncture as an alternative therapy of choice for their health care.

 

Q. What conditions do you treat?

A. I treat for almost all conditions that a Western medical doctor treats for. I can treat for almost any condition, acute or chronic and if acupuncture is effective for it, I will treat for it.

 

Q. What do you commonly treat?

A. I most commonly treat for all types of pain conditions, both acute and chronic, and autoimmune disorders. Most of my patients visit me because they have severe pain and cannot work or sleep. Their ailments are seriously affecting their daily lives.

 

Q. Does your acupuncture treatment involve “spiritual” treatment?

A. NO! Acupuncture treatment is a scientifically based approach to healing the body. It is not associated with spiritual healing. Some people may incorporate spirituality or ancient practices into acupuncture treatments, but I do not. Acupuncture is a medical art based on scientific understanding of how the body functions.

 

Q. Do I have to have a clear diagnosis or X-rays before my consultation?

A. No. I am able to provide you with a diagnosis based on my experience. Chinese medicine is an experience based medicine. If you have received a diagnosis from your doctor it is helpful for me, especially for internal ailments, but it isn’t necessary.

 

If I feel that you need a traditional medical check-up, I will refer you to the appropriate type of physician for your condition.

 

Q. What is the main reason people choose acupuncture treatments?

A. Most of my patients come to see me because they feel the results of the treatments they receive. Most of them have seen different doctors for help and have not been able to heal their condition or get the results they need to feel better. Some of them even consider themselves to be “hopeless cases.” Once they see me, they experience fast improvement.

 

Some people prefer alternative medicine because they do not want to experience the side effects or are not able to handle the side effects of Western medical treatments. Some people may achieve desired results with Western medicine, but simply cannot handle the side effects of it, so they chose to see me instead.

 

Q. How do I know acupuncture will work for me?

A. I usually tell you exactly what results you can expect before you begin treatment. Most of the time, I am right. If you don not experience the results as I have told you, you can stop coming to see me or you can question me more about what is causing your condition and together we will develop a very clear plan for you to achieve the desired results.

 

Q. What conditions do you treat that achieve better results or that aren’t effectively treated by other doctors?

A. Shingles, Bell’s palsy, Post-herpetic neuralgia (post-shingles pain), spondylitis (middle back pain), neuropathy, vertigo, trigeminal neuralgia, cluster migraines and all types of autoimmune diseases such as asthma, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, etc. My acupuncture treatments effectively treat all of these conditions even when other treatments have failed.