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FAQ

Your First Visit

During your first visit we will discuss your current health, your medical and social history, and your treatment goals.  I will also examine your pulse and tongue, which are two of the basic diagnostic methods of Chinese medicine.  The session will last about 90 min and includes a needle treatment.
Once the needles are inserted, you will rest comfortably for 10-30 minutes with the needles in place. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time.
Please wear comfortable clothing, avoid wearing make-up and heavily scented products, and be sure to eat something before your session.  Caffeinated drinks, alcohol, and intense physical activity should be avoided immediately before and after treatment in order to allow the body to fully receive the benefits of acupuncture.

What about the needles?

The needles are small and flexible, only about the width of a few human hairs. They do not compare to the Western medical, hollow bore syringes used for injections and drawing fluid from the body.  Only sterile, single use needles are used.
Sensations experienced during needling range from person to person.  Some feel nothing at all, while others may experience a slight tingling, a dull ache, and rarely, a slight sting that lasts only a few seconds.  Often the needles are left in for about 10-20 minutes while you rest quietly.  Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more then one treatment is necessary. Coming in once or twice is rarely beneficial for the same reason that going to the gym once or twice will not yield lasting and noticeable results. Depending on your individual needs and goals, it is typically appropriate to come in weekly for 6-8 weeks, while others may benefit from treatment 2-3 times per week initially.  After that, treatments can be spaced out to two weeks, three weeks, four weeks and eventually seasonally, or whenever your body needs a tune-up.  Since acupuncture can change and move imbalance before it solidifies in the body and becomes symptomatic, it is beneficial to receive treatment as part of a regular self-care regime.

Do You Accept Insurance?

A growing number of insurance companies will reimburse for acupuncture treatments.  I am currently a provider through several insurance companies, including Aetna, Carefirst, and Cigna.  Please contact me to inquire about your benefits and whether I currently accept your insurance.

 

 

Dawn Kulak Tubb, M.Ac, L.Ac
301-325-6722
dmkulak@yahoo.com

Dawn Acupuncture
Serving Howard County, MD
Located in Northern Laurel
Off Routes 29 & 216

Mondays 4:00pm-8:00pm
Tuesdays 11:00am- 4:30pm
Wednesdays 3:00pm-8:00pm
Fridays 10:00am-3:00pm