Frequently Asked Questions

  • Wear or bring loose fitting clothing.
  • Please do not come to the appointment on an empty stomach.
  • Eat a light snack before the treatment.
  • Do not brush your tongue that morning; we use the tongue coating as a diagnostic tool.
  • Please inform us if you are taking any blood thinners.
  • Accepted forms of payment are cash, check and credit card.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before your 1st appointment to fill out patient paperwork if you haven’t done so already.

During your acupuncture visit we will perform a full medical intake and health history as well as a comprehensive Chinese medicine examination of the tongue, pulse and possibly abdomen. This information helps us formulate a customized treatment plan for you. An acupuncture treatment is included in the initial visit; Chinese herbal medicine recommendations and basic eastern nutrition advice may be discussed at this time as well. Other therapies such as moxabustion, gua sha and cupping may be incorporated into the acupuncture treatment if it is deemed necessary for your condition. Please allow 90 minutes for your first visit and 60 minutes for follow up visits.

In general, the needles are retained in the body from 20 – 40 minutes depending on the purpose of the treatment. Sometimes the needles are left in for a shorter period of time and other Chinese medicine techniques like cupping, moxabustion or guasha are used.

Acupuncture needles are extremely thin. Occasionally there may be a fleeting sensation upon needle insertion, but any pain experienced is usually described as less intense than plucking a hair. Once the needle is put in to place, the sensation can feel dull, achy, or heavy but people report relaxation or a feeling of gentle movement within the body. Most patients fall asleep and feel deeply rested after their treatment.

When someone hears the word “needle” oftentimes you think about getting a shot or donating blood so it may invoke a slight feeling of fear. This is understandable, however acupuncture needles are so small about 40 acupuncture needles can fit inside a standard syringe/hypodermic needle. Nothing to be scared of so please communicate with your acupuncturist regarding any level of discomfort during the treatment so they can modify it accordingly.

This answer varies from patient to patient.

Generally, the longer a problem has existed, the longer it will take to re-balance the body and restore health. This timeline also depends on how severe the illness or injury is, how often you will be getting treated, what sort of lifestyle you have, and things you do *outside* of treatment to promote wellness. This will be discussed during the first visit.

You bet! Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is special in that it easily integrates with all forms of medicine. Many patients frequently integrate other modalities of care including massage therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic, homeopathy, and talk therapy. Our goal is to provide patients with the care and support they need to improve their overall health. We understand that often the best approach is combination therapy.

Side effects from acupuncture are minimal. Some minor bruising and bleeding can occur on occasion, but it is rare. Fainting can also occur in patients who faint easily, so make sure to eat something before the treatment. If you have a history of fainting please let us know and we will take extra precautions.  Other treatment modalities, such as cupping and Gua Sha, can leave marks on the body for a few days, but then disappear.

Acupuncture is extremely safe when performed by a qualified licensed practitioner. Needles are pre-sterilized, single use, and disposable.

The Chinese herbal pharmacopia has been studied and utilized for thousands of years. Herbs are gentle and more natural than many Western medications and are safest when prescribed by a certified herbalist who can customize the formulas to suit individual needs. In most cases, herbal medicine and western drugs do not affect each other. Please inform us of any drugs you are taking, especially blood thinners.

There are a growing number of insurance companies that cover acupuncture treatment. Jade Path does not currently bill insurance directly, however we can provide patients with a receipt of services (a Superbill) to submit to their insurance for possible reimbursement. These invoices have all the appropriate diagnosis and procedure codes required for insurance.

The NCCAOM (National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) requires national board exams and a minimum of 1,365 hours before an Acupuncturist can be licensed. Between earning her Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine and a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, our practitioner, Claretha, has completed over 4000 hours of theory and clinical practice. This also includes Chinese herbology, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology. 

In some states, Medical Doctors and Dentists can practice acupuncture after having completed 200 hours of study and 100 hours of supervised clinical experience. Chiropractors are only required to have 100 hours to be certified in acupuncture, and physical therapists in some states are required to have as little as 46 hours of training over a two year period, but can start treating people after a weekend course.