Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect from my first acupuncture treatment?
You are not going to get 100% better with one treatment. Most patients report relaxation and a reduction in symptoms. This decrease may only last 15 minutes or could last two to five days. Some patients experience relief the next day.
What will my next appointment be like?
Unlike your first appointment, you will go directly to a treatment area for acupuncture. Your appointment will be one hour long.
What kind of issues does acupuncture help with?
If you’re suffering from it, we can treat it — just ask our staff. If we can help you, we will tell you.
How long will it take for me to get better?
Typically when people are very young, healthy or athletic in their life, their treatments tend to work better and faster. The following factors may lead to more frequent treatments:
- Long suffering with a symptom
- Having many symptoms
- Older persons
- Using many pharmaceuticals
- Serious illness
For the average person with one complaint/issue the average number of visits is 12. Of course, this could be fewer or many more depending upon the individual.
What style of acupuncture is performed?
Our acupuncturists prefer to use the style that gets results the fastest and in the most gentle way using the least amount of needles.
Why are you putting that needle there? (Or) what is that needle for?
To tell the brain about the issue you want us to help you with.
What are the side effects of acupuncture?
There are little to no side effects with acupuncture. Most patients see improvement. Rarely will a person get worse before they get better (one out of 200 ).
A common side effect is relaxation which is different, but can feel like fatigue. It means your body is in dire need of rest. It usually doesn’t last once the person gets enough rest. A boost in energy is also a side effect, so we encourage our patients not to overdo it the day of their treatments. Speak to our staff or acupuncturist about any concerns after treatment.
Why does the acupuncturist take my pulse so much?
It is another way for the acupuncturist to get information about you. The acupuncturist looks for things that are consistently out of range or consistently unstable.
What if I need extra time to talk to the Acupuncturist about my situation?
If you believe on occasion that you need additional time with the acupuncturist, you may schedule a 15-minute office consultation. There is an additional charge for this consultation.
Why does the acupuncturist have to leave the room?
There are a few reasons why this happens:
- Every patient is on a timer and he may need to pull another patient’s needles when the timer goes off.
- The patient needs a period of rest and relaxation after the needles are placed and therefore, the acupuncturist will leave the room for the patient to sleep or meditate.
- An emergency may occur and we had to accommodate that person in need just like we would accommodate you if needed
- If you are late for your appointment, he only has time to feel your pulse and put in the needles.
How can acupuncture help if I feel like I’m catching a cold?
Infections and illnesses such as colds, flu’s, ear infections and allergies (known as wind invasions in Oriental medicine) are, oftentimes, easily treated if addressed within the first 24 hours of onset.
Acupuncture can help shorten the duration or decrease the symptoms of any of the above.
Do you offer herbal and homeopathic remedies? How do I have to take them? How do I get refills?
Herbal and homeopathic remedies (separate cost) are offered to our patients from our licensed herbalist Dr. Alexandra Stueber. Administration of those remedies is explained to the patient.
We offer limbic stress assessments (see our brochure) which are a specialized way of choosing remedy using computer technology which communicates with the body to discover the special needs.
We request three to five-day advanced notice of your need for a refill to allow for shipping delays.
Once I am in my treatment room, what should I do?
Adjust the pillows, lead bolsters and temperature of the room before laying down or sitting in a chair. The reason we want you to lay down or sit is so that you can relax a moment which will allow you to get a better treatment.
What do I wear during a treatment?
Please wear clothing that is loose fitting ( Pants that can be moved above the knee and shirts that can be raised above the elbow without cutting off circulation).
Your acupuncturist will direct you if you need to use a gown.
Why should I schedule my appointment in advance?
It will save you time. It will eliminate waiting and you get your preferred appointment.
Can I arrive late for my appointment?
You will lose valuable face time with the acupuncturist if you arrive late and it will interfere with the next patient’s treatment.
Please make sure that you park your car, use the bathroom, get a drink, pay for your appointment before your scheduled treatment time.
What payment options do you accept?
We accept Cash, Check, and Credit Cards.
Where are you located?
We are located at 1245 Whitehorse Mercerville Rd, Hamilton, NJ, 09619 – Suite 408.
How do I schedule my first appointment?
Visit our Contact Us page to schedule your first appointment today!
What else should I know about you?
The purpose of this office is to help as many people as possible in their quest for optimum health and to educate them about the benefits of Oriental medicine so that they, in turn, educate others.
We are one of the largest practices on the east coast because we are the best and we care the most. We attribute our success for patients and the doctors who refer to us because they care about the health of the people they know.
We do everything in our power to give our patients a unique, caring experience every time they visit the practice. You haven’t done everything if you haven’t tried acupuncture. We appreciate the opportunity to serve your health needs.
1245 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd.
Bldg. A, Suite 408
Hamilton, NJ 08619
(Across from Hamilton Police Station)
Hours: 9:30am – 8:00pm
Monday through Friday