Frequent Asked Questions

What is Traditional Chinese medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of greatest traditional medical systems. TCM views health as the balance of body’s vital energy, or ‘qi’ (‘chee’). This Qi flows along channels in the body, or meridians, which have branches associated with different organs and tissues. Any obstruction, excess, deficiency, or other disruption of ‘qi’ can cause mental or physical problems for an individual. Thus, TCM treatments aim to restore harmony using individualized approaches, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of many healing methods in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture, along with Chinese herbal medicine, has evolved for thousands of years in China and still remains as a standard and effective medical practice today in Chinese hospitals.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles, which are sterile, disposable, and very thin, to certain acupuncture points. Heat or electrical stimulation can then be applied to further stimulate these points. In doing so, imbalanced Qi can be motivated, strengthened, or reduced to return to equilibrium. Research has shown that acupuncture can stimulate neurologic and endocrine systems, as well as induce the release of certain chemicals that promote the body’s natural healing ability.

What is Chinese herbal medicine?

TCM Herbal Medicine is a complex and highly effective system of herbal remedies. It combines a number of herbs as a formula, each based on the individual’s level of Qi.  Each herb in the formula plays a specific role in re-establishing harmony of Qi.

What is Neuro-Acupuncture?

Neuro-Acupuncture is a contemporary acupuncture technique that integrates TCM scalp needling methods with Western biomedical neurology concepts. Neuro-Acupuncture selects specific areas at the scalp surface and delivers strong signals there to more strongly stimulate the underlying brain cells. Neuro-Acupuncture has been proven to effectively treat many neurological problems, such as: post-stoke paralysis, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD, Cerebral Palsy, Autism and Pain. Our Dr. Zhang was specially trained in neuro-acupuncture method at Neuro-acupuncture Institute, where this special treatment has been offered to hundreds of thousands of patients with neurological disorders.

What services do we offer?

Our doctors received rigorous training in Chinese medicine and integrated western medicine from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, and China Academy of Chinese Medicine Science—the prestigious and advanced Traditional Chinese Medicine university and institute in the nation. At Great Wall Acupuncture Clinic, we take the time to listen to you and discuss your health issues and concerns.  With 20 years of experience in both Chinese and contemporary medicine, we will apply the best of both worlds to understand your conditions. Using both Chinese medicine theory and contemporary medicine theory, we will accurately evaluate, assess, and develop a specific combination of points and/or herbal formula that is best suited for your individual case. We offer acupuncture, auricular acupuncture, neuro-acupuncture, cupping, Chinese herbal supplements so to give you safe, effective, and natural ways to maintain your health and improve your conditions. Our doctors are members of esteemed network (NCCAOM, TCMAAA, Acupuncture Corporation of America) of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine specialists and clinics across the nation–and throughout the world. We stay in constant contact with our collaborators across the world to bring you the most innovative and effective techniques. We also would love to work with your other medical practitioners to reach the best result for your conditions.

How long a treatment session will last and how many treatment do I need?

A treatment session generally lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour. The first visit will take longer (1.5–2hours) due to time for consultation, assessment, and formulating the treatment plan. The subsequent number of treatments required depends on the condition. Acute or simpler conditions typically will resolve with fewer treatments while chronic or complicated conditions may require more.

What can I expect for before, during and after receiving the treatment?

Wear loose, comfortable clothing because in many cases, we will need access to needle points located the arms, legs, abdomen and back area. We will talk to you about your conditions, previous lab tests, and treatment history, and we will also check your tongue and pulse. Please bring your recent physical test reports with you, and let us know if you are pregnant, possibly pregnant, or wear any electronic device (e.g. pace maker). During the treatment, you will be asked to lie still on our treatment bed. In some cases, slight spotting or bruising may occur needle sites. These are not harmful, but please talk to us if you are concerned. Most patients feel relaxed, increased energy, decreased symptoms immediately after treatment. In some patients it may be subtle and take time or need more treatment.

Does acupuncture hurt? 

The acupuncture needles we use are very thin, sterile and disposable. Most people don’t even notice the acupuncture needles going in or out of their body. Some people may feel some heaviness, warmness, or tingling sensation when meridian ‘qi’ arrives or moves through channels.

How much does a treatment cost?
Each treatment generally costs $60. In addition, we may suggest you take herbal supplements, which typically range from $5—20 for 3—10 days depending on the type of medicine and dosage.

Does insurance cover the treatment cost?

We currently are unable to take insurance. Your acupuncture fee may be covered by your Health Savings and Medical Flexible Spending Accounts. Please check with your medical benefits plan. If your insurance does cover acupuncture fee, we can provide you with receipts or necessary documentation.