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FAQ

  • Does insurance cover acupuncture?
    Yes- here in California, Acupuncture is an essential health benefit. This means you may have coverage for your acupuncture treatments. The following Insurance Companies have plans that cover acupuncture: AETNA, AXIS, CHP GROUP, CIGNA, FIRST CHOICE, LIFEWISE, MULTIPLAN, PROVIDENCE, PACIFIC COURSE, PREMERA, REGENCE BLUE CROSS/ BLUE SHIELD & WHOLE-HEALTH NETWORK. Prior to your first appointment, please contact us with your health insurance information, and we can complete an acupuncture benefit verification for you, free of charge!
  • What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?
    If you need to cancel or reschedule, please do so at the earliest opportunity – somebody else will be able to use that time slot. It is best to call or text, as emails may not be read during the clinics hours.
  • Can I use my health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA) to pay for acupuncture?
    Yes, acupuncture is a qualified medical expense for these types of accounts.
  • Does TCM accept auto insurance, personal injury or worker's comp claims?"
    Yes, we accept and bill for personal injury covered by an auto insurance policy, and we will provide billing info for worker’s compensation claims. You will need to provide your insurance information as well as your claim number.
  • What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
    Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system that dates back over 2500 years. Its relevance and effectiveness has enabled it to remain in practice through the course of medical evolution. It encompasses a range of modalities, or what can be referred to as pillars, all of equal importance: acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal medicine, dietary therapy and physical exercise. The principles, theories and practical applications of this medicine focus on the balance of mind, body, spirit to optimize health and prevent illness.
  • How does Traditional Chinese Medicine work?
    Its inherent principle is balance. Chinese medicine relies upon a unique system that promotes synergism in the body for health and wellness. It strengthens the body when weak, and also supports the whole person to maintain health and wellness. Menghe Wellness incorporates traditional Chinese medicine through its customized treatments that provide the mind and body with diverse therapies to optimize health and wellness that correspond to unique individual profiles. Our holistic approach aligns with the principles of Chinese medicine by recognizing that no two people have the exact same issues.
  • What is acupuncture?
    Acupuncture is the insertion of an acupuncture needle affects the energy of the body or "qi." The needles are inserted at points on the channels of the body that contain qi. Modern research has demonstrated clear effects of acupuncture on the neurology of the body. Acupuncture helps to reduce pain, reduce inflammation, modulate activity of the brain, regulate hormones, and boost the immune system. All these effects help the body recover from a variety of health effects.
  • Who can have acupuncture treatment?
    There is no limitation in terms of age, sex or condition regarding acupuncture treatment. - The very young or extremely old can be treated. - All types of conditions can be treated – chronic or acute, severe or mild, mental or physical. - Pregnant women are prime candidates for TCM and much can be done to promote both ante-natal and post-natal care of mother and baby.
  • What does acupuncture feel like?
    There are a number of sensations that can occur during acupuncture treatment. Most of the time, patients do not feel anything when the needles are inserted. Sometimes there can be a prick or pinch. Often, there is an aching sensation after the needles have been placed- this is a good indication that the needles are stimulating the nerves underlying the skin. On rare occasions, more painful sensations such as burning or sharp pain (like a bee sting) are felt.
  • Is acupuncture safe?
    Yes, acupuncture is very safe when performed by licensed acupuncturists with adequate training. If you have heard any horror stories about acupuncture being dangerous, these cases often involve individuals who do not have proper training or had notable personal/ ethical issues. In the United States, and more specifically California, acupuncture is regulated by state boards. Whether you see Dr. Harry or another acupuncturist, it is important that you see a licensed acupuncturist with the proper training to avoid injury. Acupuncturists receive close to 1000+ hours of training and clinical time working specifically with the safe application of acupuncture needles. It is deeply concerning to acupuncturists that other professionals, aside from acupuncturists, use acupuncture without enough training. Acupuncture has risks of injury when not applied appropriately, injuries that usually do not occur with trained, experienced acupuncturists.
  • Do you have to believe in acupuncture to have it work?
    No, your belief, or lack of belief, in acupuncture has no bearing on your results. Acupuncture has specific effects on the neurology of the body and your beliefs regarding acupuncture will not affect how the needles affect your nerves. Now, there is research that shows that individuals who have a more positive attitude about their healthcare will have better treatment outcomes. If you are more confident that acupuncture will benefit your health, your chances of improvement are increased. An opposite reaction can occur if you are anxious about treatment. There are hormones in your body that increase when you are anxious, and these hormones can affect some of the pain relieving effects of acupuncture. Try to go to your acupuncture appointments confident that you are in control of your health and that you will overcome your health obstacle. Health is a journey, not a destination.
  • How many treatments do I need?
    This depends on a number of factors including a patient's age, general health status, and the condition being treated. There is no absolute way to predict the number of treatments you will need to feel better. Some patients have results in a few treatments, while others need long-term acupuncture care. At minimum, you should expect to have 2-4 visits before you see any improvements and up to 8-10 visits before major results start to set in.
  • What if I have a hard time with the needles?
    If you have a needle phobia or are very anxious before your first treatment, it may be best to try other Chinese Medicine modalities first before acupuncture. We can try electrical stimulation, cupping, gua sha, herbs, or massage instead of needles, until you are more comfortable with the idea of acupuncture.
  • Are the needles clean?
    YES! All acupuncture needles used are sterilized during their manufacturing process and then sealed in sterile packaging. Once a needle is used, it is disposed of in a sharps disposal container never to be used again. In the past, acupuncture needles were sterilized in an autoclave, leading to wearing down and breaking of needles. That is no longer an issue, as all needles used now are one-time-use and pre-sterilized.
  • Is acupuncture safe for children?
    Yes- children respond very well (and quickly) to acupuncture treatment. Depending on the child's age and the condition being treated, different (smaller) needles and treatment modalities are used. Pediatric acupuncture is used to treat a variety of conditions including behavior problems, immune system conditions, growing aches and pains, digestion issues, asthma/ allergies, and bedwetting.
  • Are there side effects of acupuncture?
    Aside from feeling good, there are few side effects of acupuncture treatment. Sometimes, people experience an "acupuncture high," which is a result of the endorphins released during acupuncture treatment. This acupuncture high may leave you feeling dizzy, woozy, and unbalanced for a little while after treatment. This is part of the beneficial effects of acupuncture in reducing pain, but may be unnerving the first time you experience it.
  • What should I expect from my first acupuncture treatment?
    Your first visit is for a diagnostic consultation and if you have made an appointment for acupuncture, your first treatment will be included. Your practitioner will find out medically relevant information about your condition and examine your tongue and you pulse. A brief physical examination will be conducted where necessary. If you are seeking treatment to a physical injury or ailment, please wear something that will allow the problem area to be examined easily. If you take any medication including vitamins and supplements, bring a list of these to your first appointment.
  • How is neuropuncture different from the classical acupuncture points on the head?
    Neuropuncture is a contemporary acupuncture method. While it has a close connection with fundamental theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine, its clinical application is based on the modern knowledge of Western biomedical anatomy and physiology of the brain.
  • Is this a style of acupuncture that you created?
    Dr. Harry is grateful to have received his professional training directly from Dr. Zhu Mingqing, the founder of the Zhu's scalp acupuncture and a famous professors of the research and development of scalp acupuncture. Our contributions to the field include expanding treatment protocols for many nervous system disorders including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, phantom pains, residual limb pain, RLS and complex regional pain.
  • How does neuropuncture work?
    Through the central nervous and endocrine systems, the structural, metabolic, hormonal and energetic functions of the brain are accessible at specific areas of the scalp surface. By stimulating these reflex areas within the scalp, through special manipulation, we can regulate and harmonize the functional activities of the brain and body.
  • How many treatments should I expect before I see results?
    Most patients are responsive to the initial treatment and show some improvement with the first session or at least within three treatments. In our practice, about 80% of our patients have a good response and even major improvement early on. The likelihood of experiencing a positive response following the initial treatment is dependent on the nature and duration of the disease, the patient’s constitutional condition, and his/her motivation to improve. A therapeutic course of treatment consists of 10 treatments at intervals between visits of from 5 to 7 days.
  • What can I expect to experience during and after a neuropuncture treatment?
    During or after neuropuncture, you may occasionally experience some sensations in the affected part of the body. You may also feel heaviness, electrical sensation, a sensation of water or energy moving. It is a good prognostic sign if you do feel something during stimulation; however, it is not necessary for recovery. Most patients do not experience abnormal feeling at the conclusion of their treatment. However, it is recommended that you rest in the clinic for about 10-30 minutes if you feel at all lightheaded or disoriented.
  • How long is each treatment?
    Most treatments last 30-45 minutes. The needles are stimulated for approximately 2-3 minutes and re-stimulated at 10 minute intervals over the course of treatment.
  • Do you use special needles for neuropuncture?
    The needles we use are no different from acupuncture needles used by any qualified, licensed acupuncturist. We use sterile, stainless steel, single-use only needles that range in length from 1 to 1.5 inches.
  • How deep are the needles inserted?
    Once we have quickly entered the loose tissue layer of the scalp we will thread the needle for the entire 1-1.5 of the needle shaft. This ensures proper stimulation of the underlying area we are targeting.
  • Does it hurt?
    For experienced practitioners needle insertion is quick and painless.
  • Do you use different needles for children?
    Yes. The gauges of the needles we use in the clinic vary from as large as #32 (.25mm) to as thin as #36 (.20mm). With children we always use our thinnest and shortest needles.
  • How safe is neuropuncture?
    Acupuncture in the scalp is very safe when performed by a qualified professional. Though the scalp is uniquely innervated and highly vascularized there is no risk of heavy bleeding. We use sterile, single-use needles and always follow antiseptic protocols so there is limited risk of infection.
  • How long should we wait following a stroke before scheduling an appointment?
    Whether it is an ischemic (clot) or a hemorrhagic (bleed inside the brain), the sooner you begin treatment following the acute stage the better we can minimize the extent of residual damage and promote recovery.
  • When is neuropuncture not recommended?
    Neuropuncture is contraindicated for those with very high blood pressure (220/120), infection and post-operative scars in the acupuncture area, some cases of pregnancy (mainly habitual miscarriage), persons who are extremely nervous, and infants whose fontanels have not closed.
  • I’m coming from out of state, how many days of treatment should I prepare for?"
    Most people visiting from out of state will schedule 1-2 weeks of continuous treatments.
  • Are herbal medicine safe?
    Manufactured herbal medicine products imported into or sold in the U.S. are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This regulation requires evidence of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) as well as other safety standards that must be met before these products can be made available. All of our patent pills used in Menghe Wellness are labeled FDA.
  • Are there side effects from taking herbal medicine?
    We don’t expect you’ll experience negative side effects from herbal prescription. Chinese medicinals have been taken for thousands of years and a multitude of research indicates side effects from Chinese herbs are rare. However, you may notice mild stomach upset or change in bowel movements as your body adjusts to the herbs- which can be a good thing. This likely resolves after a few days.
  • Do I take herbal medicine with food or away from food?
    Typically you want to take Chinese herbs on an empty stomach. We often recommend thirty minutes before a meal or 1-2 hours after. This improves absorption in the body. In the rare event that your stomach is bothered when doing this, you can take the supplements with a small amount of food or even with a cup of almond or coconut milk.
  • How long will it take for herbal medicine to work?
    In alignment with other therapeutic approaches and alongside your treatment plan, herbs will begin working within 3-5 days of starting your formulation. This of course depends on the condition being treated and how long it has been bothersome. For example, if you’ve had sleep problems for a decade, herbs need a longer period of time to begin regulating your sleep cycle. But if you just sprained your ankle, then herbs will work and benefit the healing within a day or two and we’d likely prescribe them for just a couple of weeks.
  • Can I take herbal medicine with other medications?
    Research has discovered few legitimate herb-drug interactions. Rest assured our herbalists are extensively trained and remain up to date on new findings in scientific studies that examine potential benefits or risks in taking herbal supplements with prescriptions or over the counter medications. There are several contraindications in prescribing herbal medicine with pharmaceuticals. We collect your list of medications and review them with you in order to avoid negative interactions or outcomes when prescribing.
  • What type of herbal medicine are prescribed?
    At Menghe Wellness we use three different forms of herbal medicine: - Granule Powder - Pills - Raw/Crude herbs - Tinctures
  • Can I take herbal medicine while pregnant or breastfeeding?
    Chinese herbal medicine can be safely taken while pregnant or breastfeeding however it is important that you inform you practitioner if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive as they will take this into account when prescribing particular substances.
  • How do I cook herbal medicine?
    The basic steps to cook Chinese herbal medicine consist of the following. 1. Soaking the herbs 2. Boiling the herbs 3. Straining to separate the decoction from the herbs 4. Sometimes reboiling (and strain again) depending on the herbs Before cooking the herbs, they should be pre-soaked in order to get the most benefits from boiling later. Soaking the herbs for 15 to 30 minutes is usually sufficient. Depending on what is in the herbs. If the remedy contains mostly leaves, flowers and small seeds, soak them for approximately 15 minutes. If the remedy contains many stems and roots, they should be soaked longer, for approximately 30 minutes or more. There is no strict rules around soaking time, the above is a typical range based on what you are working with. It’s important to note that the exact instructions vary depending on the herbs included in the prescription. Some herbs are best to be boiled a second time, and other herbs should only be cooked once. Be sure to listen to the detailed instructions from our practitioner.
  • Should I wash the herbs?
    Herbs shouldn’t be washed before soaking. Many herbal prescription contain small plants and seeds. They will be easily lost if the herbs are washed.
  • What type of cookware do I use?
    - Claypots - Electric Ceramic Pots - Stainless Steel Pots There are some modern Chinese herb cookers on the market these days and they are typically electrical ceramic pots. The drawback is they don’t usually come with a timer or programmable feature so you still need to monitor the amount of cooking time.
  • Do I need to prepare for my appointment?
    There is no need for special preparation. It is good to arrive early so you can settle down and collect yourself. If you are taking any medication, including vitamins, minerals and other supplements, you should bring these with you. It can be good to wear comfortable and loose fitting clothing which can be easily removed, especially if you seek treatment for a physical problem which the practitioner will want to examine.
  • Is it okay to go to the gym after? How long before I can exercise?
    It is ok to the usual things you do afterwards. We do recommend that you avoid strenuous exercise or intellectual strain for about 30 minutes after your treatment.
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