What is community acupuncture?
Community acupuncture is a model which encompasses an open-room clinic and offers affordable acupuncture, which accommodates most working class people of Pittsburgh. It addresses all of the issues as any other acupuncture clinic but is similar (in that it is open-room) to acupuncture clinics you would see in countries such as China and Viet Nam.
How much is a treatment?
All treatments are on a sliding-scale from $20-40. There is no initial fee.
Do I only need one treatment?
No. Acupuncture is not a ‘magic bullet.’ The rule of thumb is the more treatments you receive, the faster results you will feel. Our friends from Circle of Friends Acupuncture in Austin, Texas have developed a cool diagram for treatment.
Are you licensed?
Yes, I am a licensed acupuncturist in the State/Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Do you reuse your needles?
Absolutely not. All needles I are single-use only.
Does it hurt?
This is a rather subjective question but to best describe the most tender points (palms, feet soles, etc.), it is somewhere between a mosquito bite and bee sting.
Do you take insurance?
No. The service is typically more affordable than most co-pays. We DO take most employer’s HSA and FSA programs.
What should I wear?
Generally it is best to wear loose clothing. “Skinny jeans” are common and acceptable but may limit access to some points.
Do you only treat chronic pain?
Acupuncture is not limited to chronic pain. I also help patients with stress and anxiety as well as with reproductive health. We DO NOT treat emergencies. PLEASE DIALL 911 if you think you are having a medical emergency.
How long are treatments?
Anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes. I let the patients choose how long they want.
Do you accept walk-ins?
Mostly on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. It is always best to schedule in advance. Scheduled appointments take precedence over walk-ins.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Mostly cash except for HSA and FSA.
Can I pick the music?
This is actually a common question. I am generally the DJ but a few patients have known to bring their own headphones to listen to whatever music people listen to these days.