Common Questions

The following questions are the most comply asked. If you have a question not covered here, please send us an email, give us a call or come in for a free 15 minute consultation. We are here to assist you in any way we can. Simply ask.

Common Questions (FAQ)

Over the years many insurance companies have begun covering acupuncture, but some don’t. Some companies will limit the number of appointment per year, for others it’s unlimited. We are an authorized vender for the VA so vets seeking acupuncture care can obtain it through us.  In fact we see many vets looking for help with chronic pain.  We will be happy to contact your insurance company for you and provide you with the specifics. Workman’s compensation and auto insurance typically covers our services as well.

Note: It appears effective January 2014, acupuncture will be considered an essential medical benefit in Alaska.   All new policies as we currently understand it, will be required to cover acupuncture.  We will have to wait until 2014 to see how this plays out, but for now, this looks like a very positive step forward in making acupuncture care available to everyone.

Yes! We are happy to bill your primary insurance company. We do not bill secondary insurance.

This is a common question. Our goal is to help you regain your health. Besides insurance, we accept MasterCard and Visa and we offer a payment plan that is free of finance charges. Give us a call for additional information. We will help you in any way we can.

The cost varies with the service provided and the complexity of the problem.  If you would like, you can come in for a free, no obligation consultation and we will be better able to provide cost estimates for you.

This depends on the nature of the problem and the type of treatment being utilized.  As an example, most low back problems can be resolved within 7-12 treatments with significant decrease in pain generally occurring within minutes after your first treatment begins. This is an average. Some people, even those with long term pain, will experience substantial or complete relief in one or two treatments. For others they may require more.  If you have not responded to acupuncture for pain related problems within 4 treatments, acupuncture probably will not be of benefit.  Internal medicine problems are often times handled with nutritional and herbal medicine and do not require acupuncture, but acupuncture can be utilized.  Nutritional and herbal treatment typically involves an initial appointment and then maybe once a month or every two months a follow up appointment is made until the problem is resolved. It’s not possible to be very specific because everyone is treated based on their particular needs. Come in for a free consultation and I can be more specific.

Unlike many other acupuncture clinics, we do offer options.  Treatments typically utilized for pain and injury treatment that do not use acupuncture include Micro-current therapy, Laser therapy and PNT (a very gentle, highly effective treatment for pain.)  For additional information on PNT and these other techniques, please follow the link to the Pain Treatment section.

I attended two schools: Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and American Institute of Hypnotherapy. I have had additional training in and am board qualified in medical thermal imaging. Prior to this career I attended the University of California, San Diego Mobil Intensive Care Paramedic program.

I graduated in 1992 and have been in practice in Alaska since that time. I am one of the most senior practitioners in the state.

This question is a little like asking your physician what can be treated by allopathic medicine. Allopathic medicine is the dominant form of medicine in the West.  Acupuncture & Oriental medicine and natural medicine in general, is a complete form of medicine and treats a wide variety of problems.  From pain and injuries, to asthma, high blood pressure, digestive problems, gynecologic problems, hormonal problems, neurologic and psychiatric problems and more.  Some problems are treated very effectively; even some problems considered untreatable by conventional approaches can be treated with natural medicine.  On the other hand, there are problems that are poorly addressed by natural medicine.  With over 22 years of experience, I  know when you can be effectively treated and when you should be referred to another type of provider.

Yes. All needles are single use, disposable needles.  In fact this is an FDA requirement, but even prior to the FDA regulation, I was using disposable needles.

This is a common misconception.  Acupuncture, Oriental medicine, and Natural medicine in general, aims to treat the underlying problem, thus allowing your body to truly heal.  But we also recognize the management of symptoms while bringing about deeper healing is important and is a priority of mine.

Properly utilized, herbal medicine is safe and is typically considered safer than pharmaceuticals.  When you are on medications, it is important to share this information with me.

Keep in mind you are taking an herb or herbal formula to impact your physiology. In essence this makes herbal compounds a drug, or at least you should think of them this way.  There is a time and a place for their use.  Improperly used there may be undesirable effects.  Herb / nutrient / drug interactions is an extremely important area of study.  Properly used, herbs can generally be used alongside pharmaceuticals.  The key words are “Properly used”.  Many health care providers have started using herbal medicine without proper education.  This is also true with some styles of acupuncture where herbs are not considered a signficant part of training.  If you are paying for advice, and expect to be able to use herbs safely and effectively, find a practitioner with formal education in the proper use of herbs.

Absolutely. We work closely with many physicians, chiropractors, naturopaths and nurse practitioners.

We offer a wide variety of treatments. These include: Acupuncture, Electro-acupuncture, Micro-current electrotherapy, Laser therapy, Nutritional medicine, Custom prepared Chinese Herbal Medicine formulas, Western Herbal Medicine

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We Accept Insurance: Medical, Auto, Work Comp, VA. Blue Cross Preferred Provider
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