What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a proven medical modality for treating a variety of ailments. It is a one part of the comprehensive system of Chinese Medicine used for at least 2000 years. Acupuncture is used to treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being by inserting needles in a specific combination at select points throughout the body. Due to its proven effectiveness, it has become popular throughout the world.
What are the needles like?
George Mandler uses only FDA approved sterile, hair thin disposable needles. They are only used once. These needles are carefully manufactured under the guidance of FDA and carries no risk of infection. Some people are afraid of needles because of their experience with hypodermic needles which are designed to tear through skin and blood vessels. Acupuncture needles are designed to painlessly penetrate the skin at a shallow depth. In fact a dozen acupuncture needles can fit in the opening of one hypodermic needle.
Does acupuncture hurt?
A common reaction with first time patients is “…you already put a needle in?”. Most of the time you hardly feel them inserted into the skin.
Once an acupuncture needle is inserted you may feel a sensation of warmth, heaviness or energy moving through the body. The vast majority of people, even those who were afraid of acupuncture, find the experience very relaxing and rejuvenating.
What conditions does George treat using acupuncture?
The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture effective for a variety of ailments some of which include:
General: Allergies, Asthma, Sinusitis, Headaches, TMJ, Back Pain, Sciatica, Musculoskeletal Problems, Insomnia, Anxiety, Dizziness, Depression, High Blood Pressure, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Addictions, Indigestion, Constipation, Sexual Dysfunction, Post-Operative Recovery, Palliative Care.
Women’s Health: Menstrual Irregularities, Menopause, Conception Difficulties, Pregnancy, Childbirth, Lactation Difficulties, Postpartum, Ovarian and Uterine Problems.
Men’s Health: Prostate, Infertility, Impotence.
Preventative Health: Prevention, Stress Management, Wellness, Seasonal Attunement.
George has special interest and excellent results with the following conditions:
- Digestive issues such as IBS, colitis, gas, bloating
- Fatigue including CFS
- Maternal Health especially during pregnancy and post-partum care
- Pain management especially of the lower back, neck and shoulders
How does acupuncture work?
In Chinese medicine, the points lie along pathways called “meridians.” The acupuncture needles help balance energy flow throughout the body. Modern research is currently attempting to uncover the physiology of these meridians, and one theory suggests that they lie along the fascial planes of the body. The fascia is a three dimensional matrix of tissue that covers our entire body, and recent research has shown that it contains intricate inter-cellular signaling.Over 80% of all major acupuncture points lie within fascial boundaries between muscles and bones, and certain meridian systems directly correspond with fascial planes.
Acupuncture adjusts and stimulates your healing energy to improve the health of your inner (organ function) or outer (musculoskeletal) body. Acupuncture performed correctly helps bring the body back into homeostasis, or balance. Acupuncture is adaptogenic, meaning that it helps the body adapt to different stresses and to generally normalize its functions. For the majority of people, the treatment is so relaxing that at some point they’ll fall asleep.
What conditions can you treat with acupuncture?
Most common health conditions can be effectively treated with acupuncture. George has special interest in digestive disorders, fatigue, musculoskeletal pain and perinatal care.
What should I wear?
You should wear comfortable clothing. You can wear baggy pants or sweats on the bottom and a comfortable shirt on top. George needs to be able to have access to your abdomen and arms below the elbow and legs below the knee. If you are coming from work you can bring a change of clothes.
How many sessions do I need and how often should I get treated?
Each person is different in terms of frequency and duration of treatment. For acute conditions you may come in three times per week for 2 weeks. For a chronic condition you may come in more often, say two times per week for a few weeks, then down to once every other week. It really depends on your condition and you can discuss your concerns with George.
How long does a session last?
Each session is usually about 1 – 1.5 hours. It depends on the condition and the patient’s time constraints as some patients desire shorter or longer sessions.
Your initial comprehensive session will last at least 1 hour 30 minutes.
How much does acupuncture cost?
The normal fee for acupuncture is $25-$75 per session depending on how many times per week you need to be treated. The initial session is an additional $20 for the comprehensive intake.
Since George is a licensed dietitian, acupuncture sessions almost always include a discussion about diet and supplements which is a cornerstone to good health. Each session is much more than just inserting needles as diet, lifestyle, supplements and herbal remedies are often discussed.
Is acupuncture covered by insurance?
George is a preferred provider for all Massachusetts plans that contract with acupuncturists as preferred providers. Currently those plans are: Aetna, Cigna, United, Fidelity HPHC HMO. If you have insurance coverage with one of these plans they are billed directly and you are responsible for copay.
For other insurance plans that cover acupuncture (e.g. BC/BS Federal) and out of state plans (e.g. BC/BS California, Florida) George will provide you with a Superbill that you can submit for reimbursement. Please check your individual plan for your acupuncture benefits as coverage can vary within the same insurance carrier. State plans such as Commonwealth Care plans offer you a rebate for out of pocket acupuncture expenses.
All acupuncture treatments are covered under pre-tax health savings accounts. You can use health savings plan credit cards or submit superbills for all acupuncture visits.
“I didn’t even tell George anything was wrong. Yet he knew my symptoms just by checking my tongue and pulse. I was sold. Since starting treatment for fatigue, my energy has been steadily increasing and I’m functioning at a steadily higher level. As a single mom, this is vitally important.”
Janet B, Maynard, MA