The Office Visit

What to expect from an office visit

Acupuncture Today office visits generally last 1 1/2 hours for new patients and 1 hour for returning patients. The office visit includes an interview, exam, and treatment. Dietary recommendations, herbal formulas, and exercises are prescribed to continue your healing at home.

The interview and exam

Every session begins with a 15-20 minute interview. The interview consists of a complete health history as well as an overview of all bodily functions and areas of pain. Dr. Berke will ask about your sleep patterns, bowel habits, diet, and stress factors. The pulses are taken, the tongue is examined, and the abdomen is palpated; these techniques are used to understand how to best bring harmony. This information is used to formulate a diagnosis and a unique, integrative treatment plan especially for you.

The treatment

Treatment may include a variety of techniques, such as acupuncture, acupressure, deep heat (called moxibustion), and cupping. Specific points on the body that have been empirically proven effective in the treatment of certain disorders are chosen for treatment.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture Today harmonizes the body's systems by stimulating the appropriate points to calm overactive organs and strengthen underactive ones.

Very thin (like a hair), pre-sterilized, individually packaged disposable needles are used. The patient may feel a tingling sensation either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected energy pathway or meridian. The majority of people feel no discomfort and report feeling relaxed and calm, free from pain. The patient lies down and rests (most people sleep) for approximately 30 minutes.

While the patient is resting, an herbal prescription is prepared, specifically formulated to treat the major complaints and harmonize the condition of the entire body. Chinese herbal prescriptions provide essential nutrients, with tremendous healing and restorative effects. Nutritional recommendations and particular exercises may also be suggested.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture Today is based on the ancient Chinese theory of the flow of Qi (pronounced "chee," meaning energy) and Xue (blood) through pathways called meridians which traverse the body in similar ways to the nervous and blood circulatory systems. Acupuncture regulates the flow of Qi directing it to those areas where it is Deficient and draining it from where it is Excess. Thus, the ancient art of Acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body. In Chinese there is a famous saying, "There is no pain if there is free flow; if there is pain, there is no free flow." Acupuncture Today promotes the free and balanced flow of Qi and Blood through the body to treat disease or pain and to increase vitality.

How many office visits will I need?

The number of treatments depends on the patient's condition and could vary from two to twelve sessions, depending on whether symptoms are chronic or acute and on the patient's general physical vitality. Many acute conditions may require only a couple of treatments and some chronic degenerative conditions may require repeated treatments.

What can I expect after treatment?

You may experience freedom from pain immediately after Acupuncture Today. The relief may be total, partial, or intermittent. Often, the most dramatic results are experienced after the first treatment. Occasionally, there may not be immediate relief, yet the pain will diminish over the next couple of days.

Ask Jasmine

You may have questions for Jasmine, such as: What should I eat? Is there anything I can do for myself at home? What signs of success should I look for first and after how long? Jasmine will personally answer these and any other questions you have at the time of your office visit.

Fees and Billing

Payment is due at the time of your visit, unless your insurance covers acupuncture. Our office staff will gladly bill your insurance company for you. Jasmine is an approved provider for numerous insurance companies, including Blue Cross, Blue Shield, ASHP, HealthNet, Pacific Care, United, and others.