Frequently Asked Questions

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a vital part of Chinese Medicine; it is a method of encouraging the body to promote its natural healing abilities and to improve function. This is done by the insertion of very fine needles and by applying heat or electrical stimulation at Acupuncture points that are selected to treat your specific medical condition.

Does it hurt?

More often than not, insertion of the very fine needles goes unnoticed. It is nothing like receiving an ordinary injection. In some cases, it feels like a small pinch followed by a sensation of numbness, tingling, traveling warmth or heaviness. Sometimes people feel Qi moving at a distance from the point of insertion. Needles remain in place for twenty to forty minutes. Usually relaxation and an elevation of spirit accompanies treatment. It is as normal to want to continue resting as it is to be immediately energized. Most people are pleased to learn that sessions are not uncomfortable and they look forward to them. Because Chinese Medicine reverberates in the body and spirit, it can be a catalyst for subtle yet far-reaching change.

Is Acupuncture safe?

Very. When performed by a competently trained, licensed professional, both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are extremely safe. In fact, when practiced correctly, they have no side effects. If a patient reports any discomfort, the practitioner modifies the treatment until there is healing without side-effects. This is because Chinese Medicine seeks to restore balance to the entire person, not just the body part or system. Side-effects indicate there is an imbalance that needs to be corrected.
Your safety and well-being is our primary concern. We use the highest quality disposable equipment available. Our needles are individually packaged, sterile and disposable. So there is virtually no chance of infection or contagion. We encourage our patients to continue all current treatments, therapies and medications as safely advised by their physicians.

What about Chinese Herbs?

Herbs are an essential component of Chinese Medicine. Chinese Herbs assist internal organ networks in the performance of their tasks. They treat the underlying condition as defined by traditional diagnosis, and rarely cause unwanted side-effects. Western drugs often control symptoms, but do not alter the disease process. For instance, antibiotics eliminate bacteria but do not improve a person's resistance to infection; diuretics rid excess fluids but do not improve Kidney function. Herbal formulas may be prescribed to enhance the effectiveness of your Acupuncture treatments.

Will Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine work for me?

We understand why most of our patients seek help from our clinic. Typically, they are using Acupuncture to complement and enhance the health care they are already receiving, or because standard therapies, prescription drugs and surgeries have proven ineffective. Still others are seeking a more natural treatment as a way to regain control of their own health. Whatever your reason, we will treat you the way we like to be treated ourselves. Your case will be approached professionally. We will start with a treatment-trial to determine if Acupuncture will work for you. As the treatments progress a cumulative response should be realized, with subsequent treatments scheduled accordingly.

What will happen during the first visit?

During your first visit you will learn if Acupuncture is an appropriate treatment for your condition. A specific number of treatments will be recommended to serve as a trial to determine if your specific case will respond to treatment. You will have a clear understanding of ways to assess your progress and when to expect results.

How many treatments will it take?

Duration of treatment depends on the nature of the complaint, its severity, and how long it has been present. Response varies. Some need only a few sessions while others need sustained care to reverse entrenched patterns established over time. Acupuncture treatments produce a cumulative effect with time, as symptoms improve, fewer visits are required, individual progress being the yardstick.

How often will I need to be treated?

We will recommend a schedule of treatments that will provide the fastest response. The frequency varies from case to case. As our patients are feeling better, they are expected to increase the time between visits. This process is continued until maximum correction has been achieved.

How long will the results last?

This varies with the individual. Initially the results are short-lived and subtle. Subsequent treatments should provide longer lasting improvement and greater degrees of change. If treatment is consistent and the patient complies with the lifestyle changes recommended by the practitioner, response will accelerate as the treatments progress.

Will Acupuncture cure my problem?

The treatments themselves don't cure a condition. They can, however, encourage your body to stimulate its natural mechanism for healing.

Will insurance pay?

While some insurance carriers recognize Acupuncture, others still do not. We encourage patients to check with their individual policy first. We will provide you with the appropriate forms to submit to your carrier for reimbursement.

Do you guarantee results?

No. We do, however, guarantee that we will work at our best to help you. We will always tell you if we don't think we can help you and try to find someone who can.

How is Acupuncture Wellness different?

Debra Wood has a unique way of blending the powerful healing qualities of Traditional Chinese Medicine with a modern medical understanding. She works within the healthcare system to ensure you get the best care possible and by keeping her heart in her practice you get her best care possible.

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Acupuncture Wellness
1798A Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
Phone 617.448-9440