People who receive acupuncture will often notice a transformation – either of their mind and emotions, their body, their lifestyle behaviors, their concentration, focus and productivity at work, and their relationships with friends and loved ones. Or all of the above.
How is it possible for one treatment modality to deliver such a wide range of results?
Through acupuncture’s actions on the nervous system, acupuncture can help you heal both mental and physical health issues. In fact, it is helpful to think of acupuncture as “physical therapy for the nerves”. Through a series of sessions, often similar in frequency and duration to physical therapy, acupuncture can be extremely helpful for a range of health conditions. Many of our Washington DC acupuncture clients suffer from a common set of issues that can be divided into three areas:
Because there are not many healthcare treatments currently available that directly affect the nervous system, acupuncture will oftentimes help when other treatments have not.
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Your first session will consist of a health history conversation, as well as an acupuncture treatment. We will talk about your chief complaints, as well as some of the underlying causes that may be at play. To finish the consultation, we will outline an initial plan for acupuncture treatment, as well as discuss an initial plan for lifestyle changes that will be beneficial for your condition(s).
Typically we will talk for 15-20 minutes, and then you’ll start your first acupuncture session. The total time of the first appointment is usually an hour, but allow for 1 hour and 30 minutes in your schedule in case the discussion or treatment takes a bit longer, and also because you will likely want a few minutes to enjoy the relaxation of the acupuncture session before heading to your next appointment.
Most often, we suggest that you start with acupuncture, 2 times per week for 2 weeks. These 4 sessions will be a good gauge of how you respond to acupuncture. At your 5th session, we’ll evaluate your progress, and suggest your next stage of treatment.
Your next stage will usually be a 1 month or 3 month treatment plan. At this point, in addition to acupuncture, we may recommend one or more of our other services as part of your healing process:
We participate with Blue Cross / Carefirst, Cigna, and Aetna. Have a policy with one of these companies? To find out if your plan includes coverage for acupuncture, please fill out our short form to verify your benefits with us. You can also call us with your information at 202.297.7404. This step is required if you’d like to use insurance to cover your treatment. Our staff will usually have your coverage information within 1-2 business days.
To schedule an initial acupuncture appointment, simply visit our online scheduling page, and follow the directions from there. After scheduling, you will receive an email with links to the online health history form, and medical insurance form (the latter to be used if we have verified your insurance benefits).
Open 7 days a week:
Monday 12 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday 12 pm – 8 pm
9 am – 12:30 pm
5 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday 12 pm – 8 pm
Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
1645 Connecticut Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20009