Frequently Asked Questions
Here are all of the answers to PIHMA’s most frequently asked questions! If you have any other questions or concerns please call 602-274-1885 and we will be happy to speak with you.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the most famous tools of Asian medicine which is used to bring the body into balance and restore health, along with the other tools of diet, bodywork, exercise, meditation, and herbal therapy. Asian medicine is centuries old, proven over the years, and still used by the majority of the world’s population. Its popularity is due to being highly effective, safe, and affordable. It is the top integrative and traditional medicine, with Acupuncturists licensed in nearly all states.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture works to balance the flow of energy and blood to help the body function to reach an optimal health level.
Is Asian Medicine Safe?
Yes! To learn more about Asian Medicine, please click here.
What Symptoms Will Asian Medicine Fix?
Acupuncture and Asian medicine can treat many conditions. There is a statement “Where Western medicine is weak, Asian medicine is medicine is strong and vice versa”. For example, Acupuncture can treat everything from the common cold to infertility and many types of pain. For more information click here.
How Many Treatments Does it Take to Feel Better?
The number of treatments will vary depending on how you respond to the treatments. Acute conditions can resolve more quickly, while chronic conditions may take more time. We usually recommend a series of treatments up to 10 and then monthly treatments to maintain optimal health.
Will Acupuncture Interfere with My Medications?
Acupuncture does not typically interfere with medications, however, we will consider closely the medications and supplements you are taking when determining which herbal formulas are best for you.
Does it Hurt?
Acupuncture is not considered to be painful. When the needle is inserted and arrives at the Qi you may feel a slight sensation of energy connection like a dull heaviness or a slight pinch briefly. After the needles get placed, patients often experience deep relaxation and even can fall asleep.
How Many Needles Will There Be?
The number of needles used depends on the condition being treated. Some treatments may use a few needles, while some may use closer to 12.
How Long Do the Needles Stay In?
Depending on the condition, needles are retained for about 20-30 minutes on average.
What Should I Expect On My First Visit?
Your first appointment is an exciting step to your overall health and wellness and typically lasts 1 to 1.5 hours for a first interview and treatment. Click here to learn more about what to expect at your first appointment.
What Are the COVID-19 Protocols?
To ensure protection, we ask you to join our staff in wearing a mask at our clinic. We also ask you (as we do of our staff) to have a temperature check and answer questions about exposure.
Does PIHMA Accept Insurance?
Our clinic currently does not accept insurance, but we can provide you a “superbill” for you to seek reimbursement from your insurer. Please note that our pricing is very affordable and similar to the cost of insurance copays. Click here for our pricing list.
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is an energetic medicine like Acupuncture & Asian medicine, sharing many of the same herbs and natural substances, except in very highly diluted doses. Based on the idea that “like cures like” a homeopathic remedy would be the highly diluted, energetic form of a substance that might cause the same symptoms you have if taken in full, undiluted form. Homeopathic medicine views symptoms of illness as normal responses of the body as it attempts to regain health. The correct homeopathic match (similimim) stimulates the body’s natural healing responses to disease by administering substances that mimic the symptoms of disease in healthy people. For more information, please visit amcofh.org.