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Do you bill insurance?
We no longer bill personal health insurance but, upon request, we will provide "superbills" for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. We do accept work comp injury patients and some personal injury patients on a case by case basis.

Can you tell me whether or not my insurance will cover your services?
Since each health insurance policy is different, even if written by the same company, we cannot tell you if your policy will cover our services. Your best avenue for this information is to check your insurance policy handbook, call your insurance company, or ask the Human Resources office at your employer. 

Does Medicare or Medicaid pay for acupuncture treatments?
Unfortunately, at this time neither Medicare nor Medicaid cover acupuncture services. 

How much does a treatment cost?
To bill for our services, we use established billing codes, the same codes you may be familiar with being used in an MD office. Also, just as in an MD office, we bill the appropriate codes based on which procedures we do and how much time we spend doing them. Because this is determined based on your presentation at the time of treatment, upfront we can only give estimates. Typically, a first visit will range from $140-$170 and follow-up visits from $70-$122.50. For a more complete treatment and quicker recovery, many patients will also be prescribed herbal formulas and/or supplements. These are not included in the above pricing. 

How many treatments will I need?
Each person heals at their own pace. Some factors that can influence speed of healing include: how long the issue has been going on (usually the longer it has been going on, the longer it takes to reverse, but not always), age, other co-existing health factors, stress, lifestyle, current medications, and adherence to our treatment plan and recommendations.

How often do I need to be treated?
For most health issues, we treat every 3-4 days in the beginning of the course of treatment. We are working to rebalance and support the body's energy systems to encourage true healing to take place. Even though acupuncture treatments very often help to alleviate pain rather quickly in many instances, we work toward complete resolution of the issue so that the problem doesn't return. When we see that your issue is improving and you are able to go longer between treatments, we start to spread them out with more days between treatments.
For women with menstrual issues, we usually treat weekly according to each phase of the menstrual cycle.

How long will I need to come for treatment?
Each person's healing is individual. Issues that are not very complex and are easily resolved can take 2-3 weeks. Most issues we treat, though, result from an imbalance that is complex or has been going on for a while and, therefore, can take weeks to months for complete resolution. In many cases, we are relying on the creation of new energy patterns, corrected blood flow, and new cells and tissues for complete resolution of the issue. We can give you a general idea regarding your issue at the first visit and then again later, according to the healing pattern we observe in you. As the treatments continue, you will also become aware of your own unique healing pace.

Do you treat people to help with quitting smoking? Does it work?
Yes, we do and yes, it does. The major caveat, though, is that the person must be absolutely ready to quit smoking for the treatments to work - absolutely ready to quit of their own accord, not because their doctor tells them to or because someone wants them to, otherwise no type of treatment will help. We use a combination of acupuncture or electro-acupuncture with herbal formulas in our treatments. Our patients who have successfully quit usually only need a handful of treatments and can then move forward into a healthier lifestyle.

My fertility doctor told me to get acupuncture during my IVF or IUI treatments. Do you treat this?
While it has been proven that acupuncture helps IVF treatments to be 40% more effective, we no longer treat patients while they are pursuing Western medicine fertility treatments. We did for several years, but the stark contrast in philosophy between Eastern and Western medicine in technique and goals is not something we feel comfortable working with. For thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine has had wonderful success treating fertility issues. We do treat infertility patients from this wholly natural medicine perspective and, because a large part of the infertility a couple is experiencing involves male health, we insist on treating both the woman as well as the man, in order to fully address the underlying cause. Many infertility issues are caused by years of improper diet, lifestyle, and stress, which can result in hormonal imbalance and interfere with proper functioning of the body's systems. These issues do not necessarily show up on Western medicine lab tests. Rebalancing how the body works is crucial to fertility health. We welcome any couple wishing to correct a fertility issue, either before pursuing Western fertility treatments or after having experienced lack of success with those treatments, but not concurrently.

Do you perform acupuncture to induce labor?
No, we do not. We will, though, perform acupuncture to help prepare for labor, beginning at week 36 or 37.
Many acupuncturists do perform acupuncture for labor induction, however, there are a multitude of steps that need to occur, and in the proper order, to get to that point, including proper positioning of the baby, adequate hormone levels, efficient contractions, a softened and ripened cervix, etc.
In working with patients for labor preparation, we begin weekly treatments at week 36 or 37. These treatments help the body get ready for labor, naturally and on its own. Our goal is optimal positioning of the baby, relaxation of mind and body, proper maturation of the cervix, and treatment of anything that might be hindering your ability to achieve your optimal wellbeing for labor and delivery, such as back pain, anxiety, sleeping issues, and swelling. We strive to help you achieve the best possible frame of mind and relaxation of the body to transition easily and smoothly into labor when the time is right.

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Lake in the Hills, IL
9231 S. IL Rt 31
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Southwest Milwaukee, WI
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