We are partnered with several plans and you'd be surprised how many insurances offer acupuncture benefits. We will always need to call your insurance ourselves to verify. Please let us know in advance of your appointment if you plan on using or checking insurance.
Do you accept my insurance?
Anything pain related be it from condition, long term injury or acute is what most of our patients seek us out for. Anxiety, Frozen joints, spastic muscles and inflammation also does very well. If you have questions about a specific condition feel free to reach out. Some it may be more beneficial to use an herbal treatment. We will be able to determine what is best for you during your Initial appointment.
Can you help my condition?
It would depend on the severity of what we are treating. Somethings you will notice results before you leave, some hours later, while others will require several treatments over the course of a few weeks. Unfortunately often long term pain conditions it is something to be managed for life. If you don't seem to be getting results, we will advise you of other options outside of our clinic. We are invested in your health and wellbeing, whether that be from us or not. It's our ethical responsibility to make sure you take the right course of action for you.
How many visits to get better?
Yes, you will have your own room with a closed door to relax and decompress in. Each room has aroma therapy and a music player that we can set to whatever music you prefer. We offer free tea of many varieties for before and after your treatment. Our clinic uses Zero-Gravity reclining chairs to treat you on, unless your back is what is being treated, then you would be lying face down on a standard massage table.
Are the rooms private?
Joshua Smolkin is a proud veteran at Eastern Herbalism. We have a plethora of herbs that require specific training and licensing to carry. Some patients come here exclusively for our formula's, all of which are tailor made to each individual. Depending on what we are treating will greatly depend on how your herbs taste. They could be delightful and sweet...or you might have the utmost bitter eye wincing formula. Before purchasing, we'd make you aware of what your formula may taste like. Some people can handle it no problem...others...not so much. We will always communicate thoroughly with you what to expect.
What is Herbal Medicine?
People often get surprised when they say their left elbow hurts, so we load up their right leg with needles. It all comes down to the theory of acu-points. Our acupuncturist Josh will always explain where he is placing needles and frequently ask in between insertions how you are feeling and if there is something we can do to make you more comfortable.
Where do the needles go on the body?
Absolutely. Any needle placed on you is a brand new medical grade stainless steel needle. Straight from its antimicrobial packing to your skin. The insertion areas will be swabbed with alcohol first as well to assure a sterile process.
Are the needles sterile?
The needles are as thick as a strand of hair. At most, in certain areas the pain will be quick and feel like a cramp, but it doesn't remain that way. Most areas it just feels like a very quick pinch- if anything at all. That being said, some people are more sensitive than others and we will prepare you if we are needling in an area that may hurt. Immediately tell your acupuncturist if a pain is lingering too long so that we may readjust it.
Does acupuncture hurt?
One of the main reasons why acupuncture is so beneficial is because there is virtually no negative side effects. The areas where needles are placed might turn a bit red and might feel a little warm. This goes away in an hour or two but a majority of people don't even experience that to begin with. You might bleed but it won't be much, just some spotting that will seal back up in minutes. If you have any specific concerns feel free to contact us and ask.
What are the side effects?
Loose fitted clothing. Pants should be able to roll up to the knee, and shirts should expose the elbows. If we treat your back, we provide hospital gowns to wear, along with blankets.
Do I need to wear certain clothes?
So long as your child is able to remain calm, they are more than welcomed here. We provide coloring pages and washable markers. They can come with you in the treatment room or stay in the waiting room, whichever is most comfortable for you.
What if I can't find a babysitter?
10 years old is our minimum, a parent or guardian must be present for anyone under 16. Anyone 16-17 will need at least a parents signature for the first appointment. There is no maximum age, we have elevator access but don't provide transition-hoyer services at this time. Our building is wheel chair accessible, with an elevator leading to us on the second floor, as well as a handicap restroom.
What age range do you treat?
Studies have shown acupuncture to be effective for the treatment of pain, anxiety, and addiction. Since these findings, acupuncture has become a popular choice of treatment as we here in the US have seen the problem with opioid addiction which largely started with the over prescribing of pain killers. The US National Library of medicine theorizes efficacy in acupuncture treatment comes down to our nervous system having a general positive response. You can expect to see acupuncture more mainstream now that it's being utilized even in major hospitals and cancer clinics.
Is there evidence for acupuncture?
If you don't have insurance coverage, the intake appointment is $90, with followups being $50 for Acupuncture. You can buy a package of 8 follow ups for $350. If you want an Herbal Formula, they are custom therefore hard to estimate a price, but we would be able to tell you what your tailored formula would cost before you purchase. See our "Services" page for a more thorough breakdown. There are no hidden fees, we will always be upfront with you about costs.