Frequently Asked Questions

Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section was written to address common questions about Acupuncture Treatments and our clinic policies. If you are not finding the information you are looking for, please feel free to contact us at (262) 901-0053.

FAQ: About Treatments

What is the Initial New Patient Consultation Like?

Due to the holistic nature of Oriental Medicine, your first visit takes more time than a typical visit to a conventional western doctor. On average, a new patient consultation and treatment will last about 30-90 minutes and subsequent visits last about 30 - 45 minutes.

In order to get a complete picture of your health, you will be asked a wide range of questions relating to many aspects of your health. Questions are asked about your physical symptoms, emotions, daily routine, diet, levels of activity, sleep patterns, and more.

During your physical evaluations, you will find that special attention is paid to inspecting your tongue and pulse. These observations are an essential diagnostic method used within Oriental Medicine and are a very important element in assessing your state of health.

The interview process is essential to the outcome of your treatments at Practice Longevity. This is where the picture of your body’s state of health is formed. A good treatment is rooted within a solid diagnosis and sound treatment plan.  It is also important to note that diagnosis and treatments are actually an ongoing process, and evolves over a course of treatment.

After the initial interview, together, we will discuss your treatment options, start the educational process, and begin your first acupuncture treatment.

What are treatments like?

If you’re like most people, your first question is... “does it hurt?”. Well, the honest answer is, “just a little bit” for some people and “no” for most other people. We are highly proficient in the insertion of acupuncture needles. You may feel a very slight prick when a point is first needled, but after the initial insertion, there should be no pain.

Our high quality acupuncture needles are sterile and disposable. Furthermore, you will be happy to know that Practice Longevity uses thinner than average needles.

Having said that, it is important to understand that an acupuncture needle is activating the body at particular points. This activation is called “Da Qi”, or “good needling sensation”. It is responsible for the therapeutic results of treatment. Da Qi does not hurt, but it does produce a variety of sensations that vary depending on its location on the body. Most commonly, sensations include, a dull ache, slight numbness, warmth, tingles, buzzing, etc. If it ever feels sharp, or burns in any way, let us know and we will correct the needle.

The needles are kept in for 15 – 30 minutes while you lay on a comfortable salon style bed in a warm private room, often with a therapeutic heat lamp and relaxing music. Most patients fall asleep while the needles are in.

Your first acupuncture treatment will be simple, gentle, and consist of just a few points. The goal of the first treatment is threefold. First, it will initiate your body for future treatments. Second, it will address your body’s general patterns of disharmony and begin the healing process. Lastly, it will give both of us an opportunity to see how well you respond to acupuncture.

Return acupuncture visits target your condition more directly, based on the interview process, your diagnosis, the effects of the initial treatment, and according to your personal comfort levels.

Is Acupuncture safe?  Will there be any side effects?

When given by a certified practitioner, acupuncture is one of the safest treatment options available today, because there are very few side effects. There are no substances on the needles, and nothing is injected into the body. Acupuncture works by stimulating the body at specific points intending to facilitate it’s own healing process.

Sometimes a patient’s symptoms may increase in intensity or duration after the first few treatments. This is a short lived phenomenon and usually subsides as improvements become evident. Also, there is a small possibility to feel very mild flu-like symptoms after a good treatment, this usually subsides very quickly. This is what is known as a “healing crisis”, and is evidence of the body’s transition towards a healing direction. The most common experience patients have after an acupuncture treatment is a feeling of “relaxed energy”.

 

FAQ: Treatment Course Duration

How Many Treatments Do I Need?

Traditional Oriental Medicine is a very powerful system of healing. Having said that, it’s affects are cumulative, and its health benefits are best observed over a course of time as each treatment builds upon the preceding treatments. While it is common to see immediate improvements, it is essential to allow the body proper time to heal.

We live in a society capable of providing us with immediate gratification in many areas of daily life. This makes it tempting to expect “quick fixes” for our medical problems as well. Both Conventional and Traditional Oriental Medicine can treat, or mask, the immediate symptoms of an illness, however, as most sufferers of chronic illnesses realize, their symptoms are not at the root of their illness. Aside from temporarily easing suffering, treating a symptom is not as effective as treating the underlying illness. Simply chopping down weeds in a garden is not as effective as pulling them out by the roots.

Patients who come to the Practice Longevity clinic fall into three basic condition categories: maintenance, acute and chronic illness.  In general, each of these categories falls into an expected course of treatment. Of course, each individual case is unique and treatment courses frequently vary. Also, patients often move into different categories throughout their treatments.

Acute Conditions

These types of conditions often have recent or sudden onsets, and can involve severe pain or intense symptoms. Sometimes, patients who fall into this category are suffering from a chronic illness, yet are experiencing bouts of more acute symptoms. The conditions that fall into the acute category include severe insomnia, intense panic attacks, recent onset of stroke or Bell’s palsy, recent muscle or tendon injury, migraines, colds, flu, intense sciatica pain, recent rashes, etc.

The treatment course for acute symptoms usually lasts 2 to 8 treatments. Initially, these treatments may need to be as frequent as 2-3 times per week. Also, patients often need to move into a chronic or maintenance treatment category for a period of time in order to encourage root level healing, and prevent the return of symptoms.

Chronic Conditions

These types of conditions persist for a long period of time or are constantly recurring. These symptoms are rooted within a mildly to seriously compromised constitution. Treatment aims to help the body correct the root condition that give rise to the presenting branch symptoms. Most illnesses we see fall into this category, some examples include frequent colds or allergies, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, abdominal issues, chronic fatigue, infertility, gynecological issues, post-stroke, poor memory, etc.

The treatment course for chronic illness generally involves 1 to 2 treatments per week for 2 or more months. Sometimes a patient will need to take Chinese Herbals for longer periods in order to continue the body’s healing process. After the treatment course, patients often find it helpful to come in for occasional maintenance treatments.

Maintenance Treatment

Ideally, Traditional Oriental Medicine is used to help prevent disease from manifesting in the first place. Unfortunately, by the time patients come to the Practice Longevity clinic, they are already suffering from an acute or chronic condition. Having a Chinese Medical “check-up”, can help sustain a healthy body and prevent degenerative diseases.

Once your treatment has ended at Practice Longevity, and you have achieved good results in improving your health, it can still be beneficial to come in for occasional maintenance visits.  While many conditions and symptoms do not return once treatment has ended, others are more stubborn, or may reoccur after periods of unusual stress.  Receiving treatment at this time can quickly put the body back on track towards good health before allowing chronic conditions to take root again in the body.

Many patients come in for maintenance or “tune-up” treatments when they are feeling physically or mentally drained, off kilter, or under the weather. Receiving a treatment and getting some lifestyle advice is often enough to get back on track.

The frequency of maintenance treatments are usually left up to individual patients. Patients that come to the Practice Longevity clinic usually come for maintenance treatments anywhere between once a week to once a year.

Treatment Addresses Multiple Symptoms at the Same Time

During the course of your treatments, you will likely notice that as the condition you originally came in for improves, other aspects of your health will probably improve as well.

For example, take a patient being treated for recurrent headaches. Throughout treatment, in addition to experiencing less headaches, the patient also notices a lowering of blood pressure, acid reflux improvement, greater emotional stability, and noticeable weight loss.

This is where the holistic aspect of TCM really shines. Practice Longevity works with you in healing the root of your body’s health imbalance. In addition to addressing your main complaint, many of your other symptoms may concurrently be relieved.

Practice Longevity is about healing, preventing disease, and putting your health back in your hands. We want to see you get better and sustain your health with a healthy lifestyle.

 

FAQ: Payments and Insurance

What forms of payments are accepted?

Our preferred method of payments are cash and checks. We also accept MasterCard, Visa and American Express. Payment is due at the time of your visit.

Do you accept insurance?

We are happy to print receipts for you to provide to your insurance company, however we do not bill your insurance company directly.

NOTE: Acupuncture treatments & Herbs are tax-deductible medical expenses. Please consult your tax advisor and refer to IRS Publication 502 for more details.

What are your cancellation policies?

If you need to cancel your appointment, please try to give us 24 hours notice. This will allow us to offer your time slot to someone else. We understand that life circumstances occasionally disrupt schedules, however, our policy is to charge $25 for repeated cancellations and not showing up for your appointment.

 

FAQ: Integrative Treatment, Combining Acupuncture with Western Medicine

Is acupuncture compatible with conventional medical treatment?

Absolutely. In fact, it is our opinion that you should talk to your primary care physician about your health concerns. Acupuncture is a powerful system of healing and complements conventional treatment well. The two systems of medicine work in very different ways and each has it’s place. Using both Eastern and Western Medicine in an integrative way is a big step towards true holistic healthcare.

Should I stop my medication before I start acupuncture?

Please don’t. You should not stop taking prescribed medication without the guidance from your primary care physician.  It is not necessary to stop medication before treatments.

Should I tell my doctor about my acupuncture treatments?

Please do. You may be surprised at how open your doctors are to acupuncture. As your symptoms improve you may need to evaluate your medication dosage among other things. Also, some Doctors have not had much exposure to acupuncture. It is nice to spread the word on how effective acupuncture can be.

 

CONTACT US

Phone Number:

(262) 901-0053

Email Address:

Address:

Practice Longevity
4040 N. Calhoun Rd.
Brookfield, Wi  53005

Practice Longevity is located in Brookfield and provides acupuncture services to the greater Milwaukee area of Wisconsin.

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