Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Does acupuncture hurt?
A: Only fine needles are used in acupuncture, and when they are inserted there is a slight sensation. Once inserted, the needles may cause numbness, a calming, or a dull, achy sensation.
Q: Is acupuncture safe?
A: Yes. The clinic uses only sterile, disposable needles, and Dr. Lee is certified by passing Clean Needle Techniques required by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).
Q: Is acupuncture covered by my medical insurance?
A: If acupuncture is required due to an accident or injury, your medical insurance may cover the costs of the services. For information specific to your provider, please call your insurance company. The clinic, however, does not process insurance, but a bill of service is provided if you wish to attempt reimbursement via your insurance company by submitting it yourself once you have verified it with your insurance company. Patients have been able to use their health savings or flexible spending accounts for services.
Q: What insurance do you accept and for what services?
A: The clinic does not process insurance. Most insurance covers therapy services with a physician's referral, some cover acupuncture under certain circumstances, but all insurance have limitations and regulations that must be met in order to have your services paid for. You need to check with your insurance carrier for your deductible, coverage, and limits. Regardless of insurance coverage, the fees for services provided at Health For Life Clinic, Inc. are your responsibility. The clinic is able to process debit cards connected to health savings or flexible spending accounts.
Q: Do I need an appointment?
A: All patients must have an appointment, as walk-ins are not accepted.
Q: How long or how often do I need acupuncture?
A: The frequency of visits varies depending on how aggressive you want to be with acupuncture or reiki, health issues & goals, your schedule, finances, and your ability to follow through with dietary and lifestyle recommendations. You may choose to start with more frequent visits and graduate to monthly maintenance visits or whenever you feel that you need a tune-up. Frequency ranges from once a week, every 2 weeks, every 3 weeks, once a month, or as needed basis. You determine the frequency you are comfortable with.
Q: Are the acupuncture needles re-used?
A: NO. Acupuncture needles are one-time use only, and immediately disposed of after use on each patient.
Q: How does acupuncture work? What are the effects on the body?
A: Scientists have observed the following clinical effects of acupuncture:
Augmentation of Immunity Theory – Increased Immune Function & Resistance to Disease by Stimulating Immune Cells
Endorphin Theory – Reduction of Pain by Increasing Release of Endorphins
Neurotransmitter Theory – Inflammation Reduction & Altering Brain Chemistry by Changing the Release of Neurotransmitters and Neurohormones.
Circulatory Theory – Increases Blood Circulation & Smooth Muscle Relaxation
Gate Control Theory – Increases Pain Tolerance
Motor Gate Theory – Hastens Motor Recovery from Paralysis
Bioelectric Theory – Stimulate Cells of Tissue Growth & Repair
Nervous System Theories – Regulates Central Nervous System, Spinal & Peripheral Nerve Stimulation, Resulting in Specific Effects such as Regulating one's Blood Pressure, Blood Flow, and Body Temperature.
Health For Life Clinic: Natural Medicine & Acupuncture
112 N. Cornell Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603