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200 Pleasant Grove Rd., Ste. #6

Community Corners 

Ithaca NY, 14850

(607) 882-2531

 

Oriental medicine is a medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness for more that 2,500 years. Therapeutic treatments are used to remedy acute and chronic ailments, relieve pain, enhance one's ability to recuperate and strengthen the immune system.


Acupuncture and Oriental medicine offer relaxing and safe methods of treating the body and is well known for it's efficacy and lack of side effects.

 

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What to Expect


How do I schedule an acupuncture treatment and herbal consultation?

Do I need to bring anything to my first appointment?

How long does an acupuncture appointment take?

What if I need to cancel my appointment?

Will insurance cover acupuncture?

How does acupunture feel?

What can I expect after an acupuncture treatment?

Will acupuncture help me?

Can children be treated with acupuncture?

Can pregnant women be treated with acupuncture?

What should I do to prepare for acupuncture?

How do I get to the clinic? Is there parking?

How many acupuncture treatments are necessary?

 

 

How do I schedule an acupuncture treatment and herbal consultation?

There are two ways to contact Awaken Acupuncture to schedule an appointment. You may either call Awaken Acupuncture at 607-592-9021 or contact us though our contact page. We welcome new patients and will do our best to accommodate your needs. Please contact us for a consultation or to schedule your first appointment, and we appreciate your observance of our cancellation policy. All payments are made at the time of service.

 

Do I need to bring anything to my first appointment?

Please download and print these two PDF files, and bring the completed forms along with you to the appointment:

Awaken Acupunture Form

Self-Assessment Health Profile

If you are unable to print and complete these forms before your initial appointment, please arrive 30 minutes early to fill them out at the office of Awaken Acupuncture in Ithaca or in Trumansburg.


How long does an acupuncture appointment take?

The first visit may require up to an hour and a half (including an acupuncture treatment), but follow-up visits generally last one hour.

The self-assessment health forms aid the diagnostic process and may require as much as half an hour to fill in. Please print and fill them out at home and bring them to your first appointment. (See previous question.)

 

What if I need to cancel my appointment?

Awaken Acupuncture has reserved time and space just for you. If you wish to cancel your appointment, we require at least 24 business hours advance notification. Late cancellations or missed appointments will be billed in full to your account. If you are more than 20 minutes late to your appointment, it will be considered a missed appointment and you will be billed in full.

 

Will insurance cover acupuncture?

Many insurance companies will either partially or fully cover the cost of acupuncture treatment – it depends on the company and the policy that you have. It is best to contact your insurance carrier to learn the coverage limitations of your policy. Awaken Acupuncture provides you with an invoice called a Super Bill listing the standardized diagnostic and treatment codes as well as recording the fee that you have paid. You are responsible for paying all fees at the time of service for each appointment. You are also responsible for checking with your insurance carrier to see if they accept Super Bills, and if they do, you can submit your Super Bills to them so that they may reimburse you directly for the cost of treatment. (Image: Someone Receiving a relaxing acupuncture treatment)

 

What does acupuncture feel like?

Insertion of slender, disposable needles goes unnoticed by some, and to others feels like a small pinch followed by a sensation of tingling, numbness, a dull ache, the movement of a warm fluid, or heaviness. The experience of acupuncture can be likened to subtle gates being opened from the outside to the inside in order to facilitate internal communication. The acupuncture needles act like keys in the locks of these gates, remaining in place for about twenty to forty minutes. Acupuncture is refreshing and involves lying down in a warm, comfortable, safe space and being transported to a place not unlike that of dreams. Usually deep relaxation and an elevation of spirit accompany treatment.

 

What can I expect after an acupuncture treatment?

It is as normal to want to continue resting as it is to be immediately energized. Sometimes there is immediate relief of pain or discomfort; sometimes the acupuncture treatment effects are more evident several days later. Because acupuncture is restorative and encourages the release of tension and worry, there is usually a sense of renewal and calm.

 

Will acupuncture help me?

Acupuncture can effectively treat acute and chronic conditions. That being said, there are miraculous cures of apparently intractable problems as well as times when recovery is beyond the scope of acupuncture in spite of dedication and persistence. Ultimately, the only way to discover whether acupuncture is helpful for you is to try it.

 

Can children be treated with acupuncture?

Yes, children as young as six-months-old can benefit from acupressure, acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine. There are special techniques for treating young children that are gentle and safe. We have had experience with children and enjoy making them comfortable with their experience at Awaken Acupuncture. Whether acupuncture needles are used depends on the comfort and temperament of the child.

 

Can pregnant women be treated with acupuncture?

Yes, acupuncture is effective for treating infertility, helping to avoid miscarriage, relieving morning sickness, and for other difficulties of pregnancy like edema, gestational diabetes, back or hip ache, and indigestion. Acupuncture is also effective for inducing and facilitating labor and can help correct mal-position of the fetus in the last trimester.

 

What should I do to prepare for acupuncture?

It is best if people are neither hungry nor have a full stomach before having an acupuncture treatment. It is best, although not necessary, not to have pain medication, sedatives, or stimulants like coffee or nicotine for treatment to be most effective. It is also best not to engage in heavy exercise two hours before or after an acupuncture treatment, and to abstain from alcohol on the day of treatment.

 

Loose, comfortable clothing that provides easy access to torso, arms and legs is best to wear to your visit. Many people think that they should not schedule an acupuncture treatment when they are sick with a cold or flu, but this is actually a good time to come, since acupuncture and herbal remedies can help speed recovery.

 

How do I get to the clinic? Is there parking?

Please visit our location page to see a map, directions, and advice about parking, as well as how to reach us by public transportation.

 

How many acupuncture treatments are needed to feel better?

Depending on how long a health issue has existed, there is a proportional period of time required to correct it. For acute and more superficial problems, perhaps only a few treatments are necessary. For a health condition that has been in place for decades, it will take a relatively longer period of time to alter the entrenched pattern of imbalance. Because there is often a struggle between the need for change and the desire to maintain that which is familiar and stable, treatment outcomes are difficult to predict. Everyone wishes for a cure without change, for recovery without effort.

According to studies by research scientist Bruce Pomeranz, the beneficial effects of acupuncture are cumulative: a greater effect is achieved with frequent acupuncture treatments of proper duration over the course of an extended period of time. Often people experience some benefit quickly, even though the ultimate results may require a more lengthy series of treatments. Many people come once a week or every other week until they reach a point at which a sustainable level of benefit is realized. As symptoms improve, fewer visits are required, individual progress being the measuring-stick.

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Tuesday 8am - 1pm
Wednesday 12pm- 6pm
Friday 8am - 1pm

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Ithaca NY 14850

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