Is Acupuncture safe?

Yes, very! It is virtually impossible to injure a person, or to contract a communicable disease from an acupuncture needle. The Board of Health has provided strict regulations for sterile needle technique. In our office, only disposable, pre-sterilized needles are used.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are made of extremely thin stainless steel, and are slender and flexible. Most people experience no or minimal discomfort as the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by acupuncture, while others get extremely relaxed.

What should I expect from the first visit?

Your first office visit consists of information about your health condition, lifestyle, and diet. Current medications, other treatments, and supplements are an important part of getting a full picture.

In most cases, you will receive Acupuncture during the first visit. Typically, this takes between 1.5 to 2 hours.

How often should I receive Acupuncture Treatment?

Brigitte conducts initial patient interview

The frequency of treatments typically depends on the severity of a health complaint and the length of time it has existed. Your constitution, vital energy, and willingness to collaborate play a role in the progress you make.

As a rule, acute situations can be resolved quickly, within one to five treatments, depending on severity. Chronic problems have settled in your cell memory, and need to be gradually “re-programmed”. You may need one to two treatments per week initially, followed by weekly treatment. One rule of thumb is one month of treatment per year of the existing problem, but I have been positively surprised at most peoples’ rapid healing capacity

How soon can I expect results?

Frequently results are immediate, especially in acute conditions. Chronic situations may take a few sessions to open up and respond positively to Acupuncture.

How long does the effect last?

Everybody has a different response to Acupuncture. In the first few sessions, a healing effect may last up to several days, while later on, it can carry you for a longer time. Much depends on your life style: Do you go back to where things were? Are you actively working on stress relief, diet, amount of sleep? These factors can influence how long an Acupuncture treatment will carry you.

Are Chinese Herbs safe?

All herbs in our Artemesia Pharmacy are processed in the US, and are wild-grown or farm-grown. We choose suppliers that undergo rigorous testing for heavy metal and pesticide content.

Chinese Herbs always come in carefully composed formulas, seldom given as single herbs.

With recent scares about polluted articles from China, we take special precautions not to sell herbs from China-based herb companies.

Do you take insurance?

Most commercial insurance companies do not cover Acupuncture, Lymph drainage, or other integrative therapies.

If you are fortunate to have coverage, we provide you with an invoice that covers all information needed for processing, so you may submit for reimbursement.

What are your office hours?

View our office hours and contact information.

Which conditions do you treat?

The premise of Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as Functional Medicine is to find the source of an illness, and support the body in self-correcting the underlying imbalance. View a list of conditions treated.