Frequently Asked Questions


What can I expect during my first visit?

The goal of your first visit is to establish an understanding of your medical history, lifestyle and current health status. Dr. Ivey works with you to gather this information via an informal interview, a more detailed health questionnaire(that you fill out in advance) and a standard evaluation (face/tongue/pulse exam). All of this information is used to determine an appropriate course of treatment. In most cases you will receive an initial acupuncture treatment. Additional acupuncture treatments and herb/nutritional therapy are prescribed as needed in subsequent visits.

Does acupuncture hurt?

The sensation of an acupuncture needle is unique but can be compared to an ordinary insect bite. If there is any discomfort it only lasts for a couple of seconds. It is common for acupuncture recipients to experience a tingling or numbing sensation in the areas that are being treated.

What kind of needles do you use?

We only use sterile/disposable needles.

How does acupuncture work?

Chinese Medicine is based on the flow of energy or chi throughout the body in pathways called meridians. The goal for maximum health is for energy to flow balanced and unobstructed through these pathways. Acupuncture needles are placed along your meridians to stimulate and unblock any stagnant chi that may be causing health problems. Herbal therapy and Qigongexercise (Chinese yoga) are also prescribed to accomplish the same goals.

How will I feel after a treatment?

After receiving an acupuncture treatment most patients feel relaxed, alert and aware.

How many treatments will I need?

This depends on the severity of what we're treating and how long you've had it. Unlike taking a pill to cover up symptoms, acupuncture requires several sessions to eradicate the source of the problem. You may feel relief after 1 or 2 sessions but sometimes it takes more.

Do you take insurance?

Unfortunately most insurance companies do not cover acupuncture so we do not process insurance. If requested patients can receive a detailed invoice to submit to their insurance provider on their own.

When is payment due?

Payment is due in full at the time of treatment. We take cash and personal checks. Sorry we don't accept credit cards.

Is my information confidential?

OMD's are required to follow same regulations as regular Medical Doctors. Your personal information is kept strictly confidential.