Emerald Gate Acupuncture - Renee Benedict, EAMP, L.Ac. / Five Element Acupuncture
Questions Frequently Asked

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Can Acupuncture Help Me?

        Millions of people have experienced the benefits of Acupuncture over the years. With a 5,000-year history, Acupuncture successfully addresses chronic ailments  and manages pain. Acupuncture is a stand alone therapy, but may also be combined with western medicine to provide a safe, effective treatment of:
  • Autoimmune disorders; Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, etc.
  • Back pain, Neck pain, Carpal Tunnel
  • Allergies, Asthma and other Respiratory Problems
  • Gastrointestinal Issues
  • Gynecological Problems: Infertility, PMS, Menopause
  • Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Insomnia and Stress
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • And Many More Physical, Emotional and Neurological Issues

What is the Format of Diagnosis and Treatment?

         East Asian Medical Diagnosis consists of a thorough examination of the present condition, and a complete medical and life history. I combine this information with a physical assessment which includes a reading of the twelve pulses to determine the condition and level of energy in every part of your anatomy in order to determine the course of your treatment.
        Treatment with acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles at particular points along energy pathways or Meridians. With proper usage of these points, the Qi energy flow of your organs and extremities is restored, adjusted, and equalized. This approach creates a healing that occurs from the inside out.
Do the Needles Hurt?

This is a common question. The answer varies from person to person because the experience of feeling the energy shift inside the body is so new to most people that it is difficult to find words to describe the sensation.
Please Note:
Acupuncture is an effective form of medicine w/o side effects.
Only sterile, one-time use disposable needles are used.

What should I expect on my first visit?

       Usually the first visit can last from 1½ to 2 hours. We will start by talking about your situation – what has brought you in to see me; whether it is an acute or chronic issue, and what your goals are for your health and well-being. We will also discuss your life and lifestyle; your work, home life, what it is that you do on a daily/weekly basis, diet, exercise, how your body systems are functioning, and your health history.
        Next, I will do a short physical exam which may include palpation of your back, abdomen, shoulders, arms and legs, taking of your blood pressure, and checking your eyes, tongue, and pulses for diagnostic purposes.
        I will then begin the acupuncture treatment, which will consist of me placing very fine needles at certain points along your body. The needles will be left in for anywhere between 20 to 45 minutes, depending on what your system needs at that time.
        During this whole process, I will keep you informed as to what I am doing, I will ask you questions, and answer any questions you will have for me.
       On return visits, we will review the previous week’s treatment, and you will be able to inform me as to any affects, if any, you may have experienced throughout your week. There may be more questions for both of us, and I will let you know my treatment plan for you.
        Return visits usually last from 1 to 1½ hour, depending on the treatment you require.

Do I have to bring anything or prepare in any way?

        You need only bring yourself. Please do not bring children that need supervision, as I do not have the facilities to provide for them and their well-being.
        You will want to make sure you have eaten within a few hours before your appointment.
        Please do not wear perfume, cologne, or strongly scented lotions to your appointment.

How often do I need to come in?

        Treatment is given on a weekly basis, occasionally twice a week for certain situations. It is usually necessary to receive 6-8 weeks of treatment in order to accomplish significant sustainable progress in your healing. Because each situation is different, I will recommend to you the frequency and duration of treatment that will best fit your individual needs.

 Do you take insurance?

      I am not contracted with any insurance companies at this time. You must check with your insurance company to see if they will reimburse you for out-of-network-provider treatment, and I will gladly provide you a receipt (called a 'superbill') to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. This has worked well for many people, with their insurance covering all but a nominal co-pay, so please check with your insurance company before-hand.

I do require payment at time of service.
I accept Cash, Checks, Visa & MasterCard

How do I schedule appointments?

        All treatments are by appointment only.
You may schedule online by clicking
the button below.

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You can call or email me at:
Phone: (206) 682-1512

        Initial acupuncture visits require 1½ to 2 hours 
Return Visits require approximately 45 minutes to 1 hr.

       This time is reserved exclusively for you.
24 hour notice is required if you need to change an appointment.
Late cancellations or missed appointments
will have to be charged the full fee.

What if I'm Not Sure If Acupuncture Can Help Me?

I provide free half-hour consultations, and would love to meet you, answer your questions, and explore how Five Element Acupuncture can help you to achieve optimal health and well-being.
At Emerald Gate Acupuncture,
I am dedicated to the art of healing with the Five Elements.
I look forward to hearing from you and beginning our journey together to help you achieve optimal health and wellness!

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