Acupuncture Alternatives
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FAQ About Our Clinic

Here are some of the often asked questions you may have about Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and our clinic. Feel free to contact us about these or any other questions you may have.

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What is Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is full system of medicine.  In many countries it is used as primary care medicine to treat a wide range of aliments from digestive disorders to psychological disorders.  In the United States it is a medical care system that has an ever growing audience of individuals who utilize it. Included in Traditional Chinese Medicine is Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Moxa, Guasha, Tuina, and Cupping.

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Does Acupuncture hurt?

Generally speaking no, Acupuncture should not hurt. A momentary prick is often felt around the needle as it is inserted, eventually creating a dull pressure or tingling around the area during the treatment. Most people are amazed by how relaxed they feel during and after the treatment. This can only occur if the treatment is comfortable and gentle.

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Is Acupuncture safe?

As long as a competent practitioner performs it, Acupuncture is extremely safe. Acupuncturists are required to use disposable needles that are discarded after one use. Acupuncture needles are FDA approved. If a person is planning to get Acupuncture it is important to choose a practitioner who is licensed. Being licensed, at least in Arizona, means that the person has completed many, many hours of training and education and is qualified to perform Acupuncture.

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What conditions are treated with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine?

  • Digestive disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic pain
  • Insomnia
  • Weak immunity
  • Infertility
  • PMS
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Allergies
  • Addictions
  • Stress management
  • And much more…..

Call us today to see if Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you.

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Does my insurance cover Acupuncture?

More and more insurance companies are covering Acupuncture treatment; check with your insurance provider for your plan details.   When talking with your insurance representative ask about applicable co-pays, plan deductibles, and which providers you can use.  With this information Acupuncture Alternatives can submit most insurance claims.

A superbill is another commonly used device for insurance billing; when you submit this form to your insurance company the reimbursement goes directly to you.

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What forms of payment are accepted? And what is the cost?
                    Payment policy as of January 1, 2014
At Acupuncture Alternatives payment for services can be made with cash, your personal check, or any major credit card such as Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. The fee for your initial appointment is $95.00; this is a 90 minute comprehensive review of your current concern(s) in addition to reviewing any past pertinent health history.  All follow up appointments are $65.00; these appointments are 45-60 minutes depending on complexity.  With certain problem specific complaints such as tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, or knee pain we can usually eliminate the initial comprehensive review. Fees for any Chinese herbals required as part of a treatment plan are in addition to appointment fees.

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How many treatments will I need?

This is unique to the individual but in most cases we start with 1 session per week for 3 weeks.  This approach provides the opportunity to evaluate changes over time and allows me introduce different techniques if needed.  Providing we have made progress during the initial 3 weeks, most chronic conditions require 6-10 treatments.   After this we may schedule a 4-6 week follow-up to insure the condition we’re treating remains resolved.

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Does the clinic offer Chinese herbs? If so, what kind?

At Acupuncture Alternatives we use two approaches. Patent formulas are those that are dispensed in pill form and granular or custom formulas are those that are designed to be dissolved in hot water and consumed as teas. We utilize high quality manufacturers utilizing good manufacturing practices (GMP) such as Evergreen Herbs and Kan Herb Company Chinese herbal formulas are safe and effective; they are backed by thousand of years of use and practical experience as well as extensive modern research.

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What types of issues has our clinic had success in treating?

  • Digestive disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic pain
  • Insomnia
  • Weak immunity
  • Infertility
  • PMS
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Allergies
  • Addictions
  • Stress management
  • And much more…..

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What sets Acupuncture Alternatives apart from other practitioners?

  • A comprehensive diagnosis is clearly communicated to you
  • We love what we do and are devoted to top quality patient care.
  • We take our time with you: we focus on you and just you when you are in the clinic
  • We educate you about what’s wrong, why and how it can be healed according to Chinese medical principles.
  • When you get come in for a treatment you will get full care including Acupuncture,  nutritional and lifestyle counseling, herbal consulting, cupping, moxibustion, and tuina (Chinese style massage) as needed.
  • All of our herbs are GMP certified, safe and effective.
  • You can speak to Jim Burnis, the owner of Acupuncture Alternatives, directly about your needs.
  • At Acupuncture Alternatives, your treatment specifically reflects your unique individual dynamics and your treatment is personally tailored to your needs.
  • Saturday appointments are available if your situation warrants

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What can I expect during my 1st visit?

Your first visit is comprised of a thorough health history. This includes a Chinese Medicine physical exam where your pulses are felt and analyzed, your tongue is inspected for tongue diagnosis, and key points on various meridians may be palpated for tenderness.  Upon the completion of these evaluations we will determine what patterns will be addressed and develop an appropriate treatment protocol.  The Acupuncture needles will be retained approximately 20 minutes during your first treatment.  Prior to any follow up treatment we will evaluate the effectiveness of the previous session. A report of findings and treatment plan will be discussed after 2-3 sessions.

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We look forward to helping you in your path to good health!