Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve been treated with acupuncture before and it didn’t help me with my pain. Why should I expect different results at your clinic?
1. There are many styles of acupuncture being practiced in the United States. The system practiced in this clinic is usually able to bring results within seconds. Robert N. Fueston, L.Ac. has been treating patients with acupuncture for more than 15 years.
2. We specialize in the treatment pain disorders & Sports Medicine (i.e. Sports Injuries). Our staff has extensive training in this field to bring you fast relief.
3. Length of training an acupuncturist has undergone. For example, in some states Chiropractors are required to take only a 200 hour training program in order to practice acupuncture and in many states very little or no training is required for Allopathic Medical Doctors (M.D.’s). These shorter programs are usually offered over a weekend and by watching video tapes. In comparison, most acupuncture schools require 2800+ hours of instruction. Granted some of these hours are in western science and medicine courses, but you get the idea.
This information is not presented to belittle the value of Chiropractic and Western Allopathic medical care! They each have there place in the health care system and they can help many people. However, it is hard to believe anyone would be a good Chiropractor with only 200 hours of Chiropractic instruction. In simpliest terms, if your faucet leaks, don’t call an electrician, call a plumber!
Note: In Kentucky, only people who have undergone significant training may use the title “Licensed Acupuncturist” with the specific initials “L.Ac.” after their name.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Not really. Although you will experience a dull sensation or tingling near the insertion points during the treatment.
Do you reuse needles?
No. To reduce the possibility of infection from acupuncture, we only use single use, sterile, disposable, stainless steel needles. Your practitioner has had training in Clean Needle Technique.
Does insurance cover acupuncture?
Most insurance policies do not cover acupuncture treatments. You will need to call your insurance company to check your benefits, and in the event that acupuncture is included, you should inquire about the details, such as any requirements and limitations to coverage. Before you call, we will be happy to provide you with a thorough list of specific questions you should ask in order to receive the most accurate information.
Does worker’s compensation cover acupuncture?
For most cases, yes, with a referral from a M.D. Ask your M.D. to provide a letter of referral with your claim number and call our office so we can verify eligibility.
Will you bill my insurance for me?
No. You are responsible for payment of services in full at the time of each treatment. We will give you an itemized receipt of your treatment(s). It is up to you to work with your insurance company for any reimbursement you may be entitled to.
What type of training is required to practice Acupuncture in Kentucky?
The practice of acupuncture is regulated by the state of Kentucky. Generally speaking, one must have met the educational requirements (usually a Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), pass the National Board Examinations for Acupuncture, and pass the clean needle technique exam. Other requirements are needed as well. You can visit the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure at http://www.kbml.ky.gov to find out more information.
Do you have to believe in Acupuncture in order for it to work?
No. If this were true, veterinarians would not be using acupuncture to treat animals for a wide variety of disorders. Nor would Organic Valley Farms be giving acupuncture to their cows resulting in greater milk production without hormones!
How long does an acupuncture treatment take?
The initial treatment will take 1 – 1.5 hours. Subsequent treatments take about an hour. Your condition determines how long the needles are retained, if at all.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on your condition. Generally speaking, if the situation is acute you can expect to be treated 2-3 times per week for 4 weeks. If your condition is chronic, expect to be treated for longer than 4 weeks. The use of Chinese Herbs or receiving Reiki treatments may reduce the total amount of treatments needed.
Why do you sometimes look at my tongue and take my pulse?
What the tongue looks like and what the pulse feels like helps to determine the pattern of your disorder. The pulse and tongue are like maps which show what is going on inside the body. When adding up these findings along with what you tell the practitioner about your case leads them to a Chinese Medical Pattern Diagnosis.
A Chinese Medical practitioner will check the tongue color, moisture content, tongue coating, shape, and for cracks.
A Chinese Medical practitioner will check the pulse width, shape, regularity of beats, beats per minute, and pulse strength.