Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Avance Care Durham
Chinese Medicine originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. It is known for its use of acupuncture but utilizes many different practices as primary or adjunctive therapies including herbal medicine, dietary therapy (from an eastern energetic philosophy), moxibustion, cupping, Tui na or other types of Chinese Asian Bodywork or massage, and Tai chi and Qi gong (practices that combine specific movements or postures, coordinated breathing, and mental focus). Practitioners use these various mind and body practices to treat or prevent health problems.
Each person is different constitutionally from every other. Two people with the same Western categorized illness may present differently so there are no standard protocols for everyone. Each patient has treatments designed specifically for them based on their unique presentation.
Chinese Medicine diagnostics are detailed and based on thousands of years of clinical trial and observation, which led to development of correlations between the different organ systems and bodily processes. Many clinical research trials that have been undertaken support the effectiveness of acupuncture in helping treat various conditions.
Your First Visit
- Plan to arrive 15-20 minutes before your appointment to fill out new patient forms.
- Bring a list of any medications you are currently taking, dosages, and any recent lab work.
- Wear loose fitting clothing. Sometimes, depending on the complaint, you may be asked to expose areas such as the upper leg, hip, upper arm, shoulder, abdomen or chest, if treatment calls for it.
- Be sure and eat before your visit. Some people can experience dizziness or other unwanted effects if receiving acupuncture or bodywork on an empty stomach.
In addition to acupuncture, the treatment may include cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, Asian bodywork, consultation on herbal recommendations, diet and lifestyle, or a combination of some of these modalities.
At the end of the session, we will work on a treatment plan and rough determination of how many visits may be necessary to see improvement in your complaint. We will also discuss aftercare instructions which are vital to the success of any treatment plan.
Initial consultations are required for new acupuncture clients: includes Chinese Medicine diagnostic evaluation with a medical history intake, physical testing or examination if necessary, and the first treatment. Sessions last 90 minutes.
Follow up appointments include all modalities that are appropriate for the patient’s complaint, including: acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, estim, herbal consultation, and massage. There are several options that can be chosen based on your particular preference.
Tuesday: 7:30 am to 7 pm – Najeeba, acupuncture
Wednesday: 7:30 am to 7 pm – Jason, acupuncture or massage
Saturday: 9 am to 3 pm – Jason, acupuncture or massage
Sunday: 9 am to 3 pm – Najeeba, acupuncture
Call Avance Care Durham at (919) 748-4990 to schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does acupuncture hurt?
The needles, or filament, used are hair thin and practically painless. Most patients don’t feel the insertion and if there is discomfort initially it will subside with retention during the treatment. During the treatment, patients may experience tingling, heaviness, or distention in the local area, warmth, or a radiating feel. Most sensations dissipate quickly and leave the patient in a calmed state (most patients are so relaxed they fall asleep).
How many treatments will it require?
Getting acupuncture does not require weekly treatments for the rest of your life. Certain acute conditions can resolve with only a few sessions, chronic conditions will take longer. Each treatment is individual and is based on the patients’ reactions, adherence to aftercare instructions, and the combination of acupuncture with other care the patient may be receiving. The acupuncturist will discuss a treatment plan during the first follow up treatment.
Does insurance cover acupuncture?
Some plans do but patients should expect to pay out of pocket. Patients will be notified when insurance options become available in the future.