WHAT To Expect
Before your initial appointment, please complete the New Patient Forms found in your confirmation email. Please fill these forms out prior to your first visit or arrive 20 minutes early to allow time for filling out your electronic paperwork. It is also highly recommended that you eat within an hour before arriving.
During your first appointment, an initial assessment will be conducted and information will be collected from you about your primary health concerns, lifestyle habits and general state of health. Finally, your tongue and pulse will be examined to determine a proper pattern diagnosis according to TCM.
During your Acupuncture treatment, tiny needles will be inserted into specific points along the meridians to restore a balance of Qi flow throughout the body. External Qi Gong therapy may also be used on some of the points. There are hundreds of acupuncture points on the body, however, an average of 10-20 points are used at one time. Most acupuncture treatments last about 45 minutes. In some cases, the beneficial effects of acupuncture can be felt immediately. Such is often the case for acute conditions. However, in most cases, an average of 8-10 sessions are recommended before long lasting results may be seen.
Acupuncture is relatively painless and patients often experience a deep sense of calm during and after a treatment. You may feel a slight pinch where the needle is inserted and a spreading or heavy sensation. This indicates that the Qi has been activated at a specific point, which is necessary in order to accomplish the desired outcome. Because New York City living is stressful for so many, all treatments are designed towards both the primary complaint as well as stress-relief/relaxation. In some cases, and if the patient desires, essential oils, guided breathing exercises and visualizations may all be utilized to this end.
INSURANCE AND RATES
Many patients are surprised to learn that their insurance covers Acupuncture!
Seven Seas Acupuncture is in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield. While we are out of network with all other insurance carriers, we gladly accept any plan that covers out of network Acupuncture providers.
If you would like us to check on your eligibility, please complete the form below.
If you are covered under someone else, we will also need their full name and date of birth. If you prefer, you may also bring this information with you to your first session.
Please note that all payments are due at the time of your visit. You are responsible for payment in full until your coverage has been verified and your annual deductible has been met. All appointments cancelled within 24 hours will be charged in full. This allows us enough time to schedule another patient should you need to cancel.
If you are not covered by insurance and are paying out of pocket, my rates are as follows:
90 Minute First Office Visit and Initial Consultation: $160
60 Minute Repeat Office Visit: $125