Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
For over twenty-three centuries, Traditional Chinese Medicine has diagnosed, treated, and prevented illness. The philosophy proposes a way of life based on living in accordance with the laws of nature. The goal of Traditional Chinese Medicine is to normalize the body’s energy in order to restore health and prevent disease. TCM consists of five branches: acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutrition, Asian bodywork, and exercise.

What is acupuncture and does it hurt?
Acupuncture is one of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture uses hair-thin needles to stimulate special points of the body to achieve balance. Their insertion is hardly noticed by most and felt only as a small pinch, slight ache, or warm tingling sensation by others. After a session, people feel very relaxed and energized. Many people notice an immediate relief of symptoms. All the needles are sterile stainless steel and disposed after single use. Read more.

What are Chinese herbs?
Chinese herbs are one of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Many drugs listed as conventional medicine were derived from plants. Most herbal formulas, some of them thousands of years old, are created to help the body become balanced so that it can function at full capacity, rather than merely masking symptoms. Chinese herbs treat the underlying condition and rarely cause unwanted side effects. In addition, most Chinese herbs can be taken safely with pharmaceutical medications.

What is Asian bodywork?
Asian bodywork is one of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The techniques recognize and nurture the integrity of the body’s own natural harmony. Pressure is applied instead of inserting needles to balance internal functions. Bodywork can resolve imbalances of all sorts, and in all people, from infants to the elderly.

Why begin with pre-conception treatments?
Recent studies have shown that there is almost double the likelihood of achieving pregnancy with Chinese herbal medicine than with western drug therapy- and that over a four month period pregnancy rates were 60% for those treated with Chinese herbal medicine verses 32% for IVF drug treatment. TCM treats both the root and the symptoms of the condition. Success rates are even higher with this pre-natal approach.

What is the success rate of acupuncture?
Success rates depend on the diagnosis, the age and overall health of each individual person. On average, success rights are very high.

Why combine TCM with Western medicine?
TCM provides another way to view, diagnose and treat the whole body and mind.

Do you accept insurance?
We do not work with insurance companies. We will be happy to provide you with a properly coded receipt of services for submitting to your insurance company. Also, FSA or HSA accounts can be used for acupuncture.

What methods of payment do you accept?
Light Family Acupuncture accepts credit cards, cash and check.