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Some common questions about acupuncture are answered below. Call us if you have other questions or if you are interested in improving your life through acupuncture treatment.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay healthy.

An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This activates the body’s Qi and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health. It also can improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

What to expect during a treatment?

Your first visit will begin with a no-pressure consultation. Our practitioners will not proceed with treatment unless they feel confident they will be able to help you.

Each visit will last about one hour.

New patients will be asked to complete a full health history. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist also may check pulses and your tongue and may conduct a physical exam. Some insurance companies require a variety of pain, mobility, and/or lifestyle assessments. Vital signs may be taken before each visit. Your acupuncturist may provide you with at-home care suggestions, therapeutic exercises, or herbal medications.

Gathering this information enables the practitioner to effectively diagnose and detect any specific imbalances of Qi that may have contributed to a persons health problems. The practitioner can then create a well-structured treatment plan.

Once the imbalances of Qi are detected, an acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints along meridian pathways. This safe and painless insertion of the needles can unblock the obstruction and balance Qi where it has become unbalanced. Once this is done, Qi can freely circulate throughout the body, providing adequate nourishment to cells, organs, glands, tissues and muscles. This can eliminate pain and restore balance and harmony, as well as the body’s ability to heal itself—ultimately leading to optimal health and well-being.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a safe, effective and drug-free therapy that can help address a wide variety of common ailments and problems.

What is pulse diagnosis?

There are twelve pulse positions on each wrist that your acupuncturist may palpate. Each position corresponds to a specific meridian and organ. Your acupuncturist will be looking for twenty-seven individual qualities that reflect overall health. If there are any problems, they may appear in the pulse.

What is tongue diagnosis?

The tongue is a map of the body. It reflects the general health of the organs and meridians. Your acupuncturist may examine at the color, shape, cracks and coating on your tongue to identify imbalances in the body’s systems.

Is acupuncture safe for children?

Yes. In some instances children actually respond more quickly than adults. If your child has an aversion to needles, your acupuncturist may massage the acupuncture points. This is called acupressure or tuina. Our providers have worked with children as young as 2 years old.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Most people receive 6 to 12 visits per health concern.

Treatment frequency depends on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem and the quality and quantity of your Qi. An acupuncturist may suggest one or two treatments per week, or monthly visits for health maintenance and seasonal “tune ups”.

How much does it cost?

Rates vary and depend upon what procedures are performed. Check our rates and insurance providers. 


Wang Medical offers a self-pay discount for uninsured or non-covered patients.

Self-pay fees includes all services provided. There are no hidden or add-on charges.


Providers & Self-Pay Rates. This rate applies only to non-insurance covered visits.

Feng-Ling Wang – $135 per visit. Pre-pay packages are available 6 visits for $660.00. Transferable, non-refundable.

Kyle Wooten – $100 per visit

Chennai Hererra – $60 for one hour/$85 for 90 minutes/$110 for 2 hours


Will my insurance cover acupuncture?

Insurance coverage varies from state to state. Contact your insurance provider to learn what kind of care is covered. Here are a few questions to ask:

  • Will my plan cover acupuncture?
  • How many visits per calendar year?
  • Do I need a referral?
  • Do I have a co-pay?
  • Do I have a deductible?
  • If yes, has it been met?

We can help you check your insurance benefits. Call us at 208-321-7348 for help.

In-Network/Contracted/Covered Insurance. This list is not a guarantee of coverage or benefits. Insurance is billed based on services provided at contracted rates. Verification is required.

Insurance Provider Feng-Ling Kyle Coverage Limitations
Auto Accidents yes yes Primary Care Provider referral or prescription may be required.
Aetna – Commercial yes yes Based on policy.
AHS-Aetna & Molina NO yes Based on policy.
Blue Cross of Idaho – Commercial & Micron yes yes Based on policy.
Blue Cross Federal Employee Program yes yes Coverage varies. Some policies subject to a set number of visits per year.
Humana NO yes Pre-authorization is required.
Pacific Source – Commercial yes yes Based on policy.
Pacific Source – Medicare & St. Luke’s Medicare yes yes Based on policy.
Regence Blue Shield of Idaho – Medicare yes yes Based on policy.
TriWest/Veteran’s Affairs yes yes Pre-authorization required. Limited by number of visits within a predetermined time-frame.
United Healthcare GEHA yes NO Based on policy.
United Healthcare – Commercial yes NO Based on policy.
Workman’s Comp. yes yes Primary Care Provider referral or prescription required.

Your insurance policy must include acupuncture benefits. Patients are responsible for any deductibles, co-pays, and/or co-insurance charges.

Acupuncture is excluded from all Select Health and Tricare/Champ VA policies.

Wang Medical, Inc. does not contract with the following insurance plans:

Medicare – all plans.

Medicare – United Health Care.

Medicare – Blue Cross.

Cigna – any Cigna non American Specialty Health policy.


How should I prepare?

  • Write down and bring any questions you have. We are here to help you.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points.
  • Do not eat large meals just before or after
    your visit.
  • Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs or alcohol for up to six hours after the visit.
  • Avoid stressful situations. Make time to relax, and be sure to get plenty of rest.
  • Between visits, take notes of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of problems.

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. Our licensed acupuncturists are trained and certified in clean needle techniques.

Acupuncture is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects just feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded. The skin is cleaned with a medical grade alcohol before needle insertion.

Our practitioners wear disposable exam gloves and continue to wear face masks during the current pandemic. We follow strict disinfecting protocols between before and after each patient encounter.

Patient masks are encouraged but not currently required. We provide masks upon request.


What can acupuncturists treat?

The providers at Wang Medical specialize in the following conditions:

All types of pain conditions and specifically for pain management, especially difficult and hopeless cases that have not been able to be addressed using conventional medicine.

We have outstanding treatment results for vertigo, tinnitus, neuropathy, shingles, migraines, Bell’s palsy, chronic cough, and nausea.


Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below are some of the health concerns that acupuncture can effectively treat:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Common cold
  • Constipation
  • Dental pain
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive trouble
  • Dizziness
  • Dysentery
  • Emotional problems
  • Eye problems
  • Facial palsy
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gingivitis
  • Headache
  • Hiccough
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Low back pain
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Migraine
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain
  • PMS
  • Pneumonia
  • Reproductive problems
  • Rhinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Smoking cessation
  • Sore throat
  • Stress
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tooth pain
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vomiting
  • Wrist pain

What happens during the free consultation?

Our providers want to ensure they can help you and establish expectations before they begin treatment. You will be asked to complete a full health history before being seen for your consultation. Your acupuncturist will ask you several questions and may perform functionality and pain assessments. Vitals may be taken.

Please ask as many questions as you have regarding your current health concern. We are here for you. This is your time to focus on your healthcare needs.

Your acupuncturist will discuss what your potential diagnosis may be based on Chinese medicine theory and a treatment plan will be developed. It is always up to you if you want to start treatment. If you choose to begin, your first appointment will begin immediately. We schedule our consultations so that there is time for you to start treatments during the same visit.

Call us at 208-321-7348 or click here to schedule.

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