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Questions about Acupuncture Treatment

Do you accept insurance?

Yes! We are in-network with BlueCross and Aetna. Call or email to provide us your insurance company, ID number, date of birth, name and contact information. We will verify your coverage.

What if I am taking medication?

Acupuncture is practically never contraindicated regardless of the medication. In fact, it is often a great way to mitigate some of the side effects of the medication.

What are the needles like?

Acupuncture needles are solid, stainless steel and no thicker than a few strains of human hair. They bear absolutely no resemblance to hypodermic syringes and are designed for painless insertion. Only the highest quality, pre–sterilized, disposable needles are used. Most insertions are very shallow, just beneath the skin. Sensations differ from person to person. Some people feel nothing at all, while others experience a temporary dull ache or a tingling sensation.

Why would I see an acupuncturist?

Many patients begin acupuncture treatment to find relief from a wide range of physical conditions. What often begins as a concern over several symptoms often transforms into deep personal healing that reaches far beyond the physical condition. The greatest reason to begin acupuncture treatment is to recover and cultivate your awareness of the tremendous healing power of your body. Acupuncture awakens the senses and offers the possibility of deep healing of the body, mind and spirit. Many patients experience increased clarity, creativity and deeper meaning in their day-to-day lives.

Do I have to be ill to benefit from acupuncture?

Absolutely not. Many patients come for regular treatments to achieve increased effectiveness and enjoyment at work. Many others come to help deepen their relationships with others. Acupuncture is also a powerful preventative measure to keep patients healthy throughout the year.

How frequently do I need to come to benefit from treatment?

Following the initial consultation, ideally you will be seen in weekly one-hour sessions for 6-8 visits. During this time, significant signs of progress will likely appear. As patients experience improvement in their condition and enjoy a greater sense of ease in life, treatments may be extended to every other week, every three weeks, monthly and eventually seasonally. The frequency of treatments varies with each individual.

I want to come for treatment, what do I do next?

Contact me at the telephone number above to share your concerns and to discuss what you would like to receive from treatment. We will schedule an initial consultation and explore a treatment schedule that will best meet your needs. You can also schedule an appointment yourself using our scheduling software.

How do I get the most out of each treatment?

Be sure to eat well before coming to treatment. Avoid caffeine in coffee, tea, or sodas during the day of treatment. Avoid intense physical activity before or after your scheduled treatment.

How does acupuncture work?

This highly effective system of medical care is based on natural laws, which govern the movement of vital life giving energy, both in nature and in the body. This energy, called chi, moves through the body in precise channels supporting functions of the body, mind and spirit. When the chi is moving disharmoniously, imbalance begins to surface in the form of specific symptoms. To address the underlying cause of a condition, these symptoms are viewed in relationship to the totality of a person in order to explore the root cause of a condition or illness. The gentle insertion of hair thin needles at specific points along the channels of chi energy, help restore harmony at the deepest level of the body, mind, and spirit. In the presence of this subtle yet profound intervention, symptoms often resolve and patients frequently experience deep personal transformation.

" Emily is a very thoughtful and thorough practitioner; I felt very well taken care of while I was her patient. She listened on a very deep level in a myriad of ways. She was always compassionate, thoughtful, positive and non-judgmental in her approach. After trying a variety of complementary health modalities throughout my lifetime, last winter I decided to try acupuncture. I went to see a practitioner who came highly recommended and had practiced for over twenty years. I saw him for three sessions before I decided to stop going; something did not click, and I felt like I could be having a better experience somewhere else. Then I went to Emily Wang. Right from the start, I felt comfortable and at ease. After the first session, I felt a huge shift and knew it was positive. I kept going back. Although I could never explain exactly why, I knew that I always felt better. Various aches and pains that I went in with would be gone or greatly diminished by the end of each session. The back issues that originally led me to acupuncture are no longer present. I know that her specific range of skills and talents combined with her awesome personality are what made the difference. Her professionalism, abilities and kindness will take her far. I know that her future patients will be lucky to find her. It is who she is as a person and what she does with her skills that make her an outstanding practitioner. "

-- Tricia, Potomac, MD