Dr. Cindy Le 
Chinese Medicine Doctor 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What can I expect in the first treatment?

Dr. Le will complete a thorough patient intake, where she will ask a number of questions to assess your condition.  After a discussion on what your goals are for the treatment, she will outline the best course of care.  Treatment could include TCM modalities such as cupping, electro-stimulation, herbal medicine consultation and dietary advice.

2. Does acupuncture hurt?

You may feel a small stinging sensation, like a mosquito bite when the needle first enters the skin.  Then patients usually describe the feeling as a pressure or heaviness around the area.

3. What are the side effects?

Although generally painless, there are possible side effects from acupuncture such as: bruising, numbness or tingling, dizziness or fainting, weakness, tiredness, nausea, minor swelling, bleeding, temporary pain or discomfort, hematoma at the puncture site, or blistering at the Moxabustion site.  A sensation of light-headedness may occur after treatment and/or temporary aggravation of existing symptoms.  

4. How big are the needles?

The needles are quite thin - thinner than a strand of human hair.  They are also single use disposable needles, so there's no chance of contamination.

5. How long are the treatments?

The first session is about 90 minutes, where your goals for treatment are discussed.  Each follow up session is about 45-60 minutes long.

6. What is moxabustion?

Moxabustion is a technique used to physically warm up the body.  Using mugwort, generally in an incense form, it is place on specific acupoints and slowly burned.  No part of the burning mugwort is in direct contact with the skin.  You will experience a warming sensation in the immediate area.

7. What is cupping?

Cupping is a treatment therapy used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is effective in loosening up tight muscles; as well as increasing circulation and has a mild detoxification effect. It also helps with menstrual, digestive, and emotional issues. Suction is created with warmed glass cups placed on the skin. Normally, cupping is done on the back and the cups are moved up and down the back or placed on specific acupoints. Patients generally feel a slight pulling sensation and a feeling of muscle release.

8. Does my insurance cover the treatments?

Many employee benefit programs do have acupuncture coverage.  Check with your health/medical insurance provider to confirm. 

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