Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take insurance?
No. But I can give you a superbill to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. You will need to contact your insurance company to find out exactly what information they need from me on your superbill, and then I will email it to you.
What do you charge?
$225 for the initial two-hour consultation and treatment. $75 for follow up one-hour treatments. Discounted follow-up treatment packages are available. Cost of herbs is $28 per bottle of 100 capsules. I also offers pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplements, the cost of which varies according to your individual needs.
Where are you located?
Immortal Palace is located at 8120 Sheridan Boulevard, A-303, Westminster, CO 80003. On the southeast corner of 81st and Sheridan Boulevard, right across the street from 24-Hour Fitness. There is a parking lot with ample parking, and Immortal Palace is located in Building A. (This new location, as of January 30th, 2014, is just 5 miles north of the old location on Tennyson Street.)
What kind of conditions do you treat?
Chinese medicine treats an impressive variety of conditions with great success. I specialize in treating conditions related to women’s health including but not limited to: infertility, hormone imbalance, hypothyroid, hyperthyroid, low energy, palpitations, dizziness, insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, headaches, migraines, PMS, irregular cycle, unpleasant pregnancy symptoms, stimulating labor, low breast milk production, postpartum recovery, digestive issues, weight loss, allergies, hot flashes, unpleasant menopausal symptoms, urinary tract infection, yeast infection, Candida, and even the common cold. If you are a woman, I can probably help with what is ailing you. If you’re unsure, send me an email or give me a call and ask.
How does acupuncture work?
According to Chinese medicine, disease is caused by a block or stagnation of energy or “qi” in the body. Qi can be disrupted by physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, over-exertion, seasonal changes, poor or contaminated diet, excessive exposure to wind, damp, cold or heat.
When there’s a blockage of qi, like a kink in a hose, certain points are needled on the meridian to unblock the line. When yin and yang are not balanced from prolonged qi disruption, disharmony (disease) occurs, therefore the main goal of Chinese medicine is to balance the yin and yang, to maintain balance in the body so it may repair itself.
Additionally, acupuncture needling releases natural, morphine-like substances originating from within the body that increase the pain threshold and provide an analgesic effect that can be up to ten times more potent than morphine.
What is Qi?
Qi (“chee”) is the life force or energy that circulates via 14 meridians throughout the body from appendages to torso, from vital organs to all cells of the body. Qi animates the body and protects it from illness, pain and disease.
Over 300 acupoints along these meridians access the qi in different ways. Some examples of qi working are hair growth, the formation of a scab over a wound, and the stomach digesting food.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Sometimes it can be slightly uncomfortable at the initial insertion of the needles. It can feel like a prick, or a pinch, or a deep, achey sensation. These feelings usually go away quickly and then the overall sensation is deeply relaxing.
How big are the needles?
Unlike hollow hypodermic needles used to administer vaccinations or shots, acupuncture needles are thin and solid, flexible, and no thicker than a cat’s whisker.
How many visits will it take to work?
It is common to see results after three treatments. Oftentimes, patients will feel relief after just one treatment. The relief usually continues and increases with a few consecutive treatments until the ailment is gone or the condition is under control. At that point, it is up to the patient how often they want to be treated.
Many patients enjoy the relaxing and de-stressing benefits of a weekly, bimonthly, or once a month appointment, much like a massage. Consistent acupuncture sessions keep the body in a state of optimal balance resulting in good health.
Patients that schedule “routine maintenance” appointments report that they sleep better, digest food more smoothly, have higher energy, are able to handle stressful situations with more ease, don’t get sick as often, and have minimal to zero aches and pains.
Of course, the number of visits also depends on the condition being treated. Some of the factors that will affect the duration of treatment are:
- How long the patient has been suffering from the condition.
- The severity of the condition.
- How willing the patient is to change their diet and/or lifestyle.
When treating infertility or regulating a menstrual cycle, I usually recommend once a week treatment for at least three consecutive cycles or approximately three months.
What is a typical session like?
Your first treatment will last two hours. Follow-up appointments are about an hour long. We will talk about your lifestyle, habits, sleeping schedule, diet, energy level, medical history, and, of course, the chief complaint for which you are being treated.
It is important to wear comfortable clothing, and not to brush your tongue on the day of the appointment. As you are lying on a treatment table, I will look at your tongue and feel your pulse.
I will insert needles and you will relax on the table for 25-35 minutes. Often I will use other forms of therapy in addition to needling such as cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, e-stim, among others. These will be explained to you beforehand.
After the treatment, I will most likely prescribe herbs, nutritional supplements, and suggest dietary and lifestyle changes.
How long is acupuncture school?
Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine is a full time, 4 year program. I was fortunate to learn from professors who are true masters in their field and many who are directly from China.
I received extensive training in a clinic and pharmacy setting, treating patients in the student clinic and prescribing herbal formulas for two years before graduating and starting my own practice. Our curriculum covered, in addition to the science of Chinese medicine, a thorough foundation of western science including chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, anatomy and physiology.
I prepared and studied for several months to take rigorous exit exams to graduate from the school, as well as national board exams in order to achieve licensure in Colorado.