TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE FAQs at Aletris Center in Scottsdale, AZ
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
A tradition over 5000 years old, Traditional Chinese Medicine's roots stem from ancient Taoist philosophy which views a person as an energy system in which body and mind are unified, each influencing and balancing the other.
TCM uses techniques such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion, and tuina to balance the body's energy system. Unlike allopathic or Western medicine which attempts to separate a disease from a person, Traditional Chinese Medicine emphasizes a holistic approach. Many people have found TCM methods of healing to be excellent tools for maintaining optimum health and preventing illness. It is effective for physical, psychological and emotional problems.
What does a TCM treatment include?
Traditional Chinese medicine uses an intricate system of pulse and tongue diagnosis, palpation of points and meridians, medical history and other signs and symptoms to create a composite Oriental medical diagnosis. Acupuncture needles are miniscule in diameter and flexible, about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases, insertion is performed without discomfort, and only disposable needles and sterile techniques are used. Some people experience a feeling of heaviness or electricity in the area of insertion. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing. Treatments may include a combination of acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion and tuina.
Will my insurance cover acupuncture?
Although we do not directly bill your insurance, we will provide you with the correct paperwork to self-submit. Depending on you individual plans, you may be reimbursed fully or partially for the treatment.
Is acupuncture safe?
If performed by a trained practitioner, yes. Naturopathic physicians know human anatomy well and insert needles in a safe fashion. Acupuncture needles are disposed after a single use.
The Consensus Statement from the NIH states that, "While it is often thought that there is substantial research evidence to support conventional medical practices; this is frequently not the case. This does not mean that these treatments are ineffective. The data in support of acupuncture are as strong as those for many accepted Western medical therapies. One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions."
How many treatments will it take to resolve my complaint?
It depends on the nature of the complaint. Chronic conditions may take weeks to months to completely resolve, while acute issues may resolve in just one to two treatments. Regardless of the complaint, you should notice an improvement in your condition immediately or after 2-3 treatments.
Many people choose to receive regular acupuncture treatments even if they are not “sick.” Mental clarity, reduced anxiety, increased energy, and an overall sense of wellbeing are some of the benefits felt with acupuncture.
At ALETRIS Center, TCM is administered by naturopathic physicians. Naturopaths are trained in TCM as well as western medicine. Unlike the very brief certification programs that some professionals acquire after graduating from medical school, naturopathic schools include over a thousand hours of training in their programs. We understand that bringing both Eastern and Western philosophies together helps patients get better faster and our unique perspective sets us apart from standard acupuncturists.