What Can I Expect From my First Visit?
Your first visit will include lots of talking and questions, so that I can get a full picture of your symptoms and whole health history. It also includes a full treatment, which will include acupuncture and any other modalities I think you will benefit from.
Wear comfortable clothing, and be ready to relax. We will always move at your pace, and make sure you are totally comfortable and have all your questions answered sufficiently before we move on to the treatment.
Please arrive a few minutes early to your first appointment to sign a few forms. To save time, you can print and fill out some of your paperwork ahead of time.
How Does acupuncture work?
When you don't sleep or eat well, you get stressed and overworked, or maybe sustain some kind of trauma - it easily throws your nervous system out of balance. Acupuncture taps directly into your nervous system and prompts your body to heal itself. Just like your body knows how to heal itself from catching a cold, getting food poisoning or spraining an ankle, it can recover from every issue you encounter. It's just that sometimes it gets tired and forgets. Acupuncture reminds your body that it still has work to do.
Does it hurt?
No, acupuncture does not hurt. The tools that I use are completely different than that of a Western doctor or nurse. My needles are hair fine, short, and solid; smaller than a cat's whiskers. I also use a guide tube, a small instrument made to help the needles slide in gently without pain.
How many sessions will I need to get better?
I wish there was a simple answer to this question, but it varies quite a bit. Usually, patients will start to notice changes soon after their first treatment. However, symptoms generally creep back in throughout the week. If you are young and generally in good health, it could take as few as 4-6 weekly treatments to see significant improvement. If your issues are complex and you've had them for many years, it will take longer, maybe up to 10 treatments before you start to see a more permanent shift in your symptoms. These are just general estimates, everyone responds differently to acupuncture, so once you start treatment, we will be able to get a better idea of how long it will take.
Does acupuncture treat....?
Acupuncture treats a wide variety of symptoms, and can help with almost all diseases and injuries. Because it is totally natural, it may work more slowly than conventional medicine, but comes with virtually no negative side effects. It prompts your body to heal itself instead of relying on prescription meds or surgery. However, if you are having severe, acute symptoms, it is best to head to your doctor or the emergency room to get checked out before coming in for an acupuncture treatment. If you have questions about your specific ailment - call 864-451-4313 or email.
Are your needles clean?
I use ONLY completely sterilized, single use, surgical grade stainless steel needles. I take them directly out of the sterile package, use them once, and deposit them into a hazmat container and they become medical waste to be disposed of.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I take cash, checks and all credit cards. You can also use your HSA/FSA card to pay for treatment. I am also in network with United Health Care and Blue Cross Blue Shield. I also accept out of network PPO plans. Everyone's insurance coverage is a little bit different, and some have acupuncture benefits and some do not. If you would like to check your benefits, click the button below and enter your information. We will get back to you in 2-3 days.