Frequently Asked Questions
How long does each appointment last?
Your initial consultation with me will last about 15-30 minutes where I will discuss your current health complaints and will answer any questions you might have. I want to make sure that you are a good fit for Oriental Medicine and that we both feel confident that you will respond favorably. Your expectations of the treatment process are important to discuss so that you understand how I treat your condition most effectively and you are in control of your health and wellness. If you are ready, we will schedule your first treatment appointment at that time.
Your first treatment appointment will last about 1 hour and 15 minutes. I will review your health history, and will perform diagnostics such as taking your pulse and looking at your tongue. From there I will determine a diagnosis and will perform an acupuncture treatment aimed at resolving symptoms and the underlying causes.
After your first treatment, follow on treatments last about 1 hour.
If I determine that herbal medicine is the right treatment for you and you do not require acupuncture, then the herbal medicine consultation appointment will last about 15-30 minutes.
How many treatments will I need?
Everyone is different, so I can’t tell you until I have a chance to review your concerns and develop a treatment plan for your specific needs. What I can say is that it usually takes somewhere between 4 and 30 treatments to reach your desired health goals. This is a therapy much like a treatment therapy for any disease. I will prescribe a course of treatment for you that will get you to your health goals whether that’s to reduce your pain to a level where you can play with your kids or grandkids, or complete elimination of your acid reflux . It is important to follow though and keep your appointments as prescribed. I will continually reassess your progress and ask for your feedback along the way. Your age, the length of time you’ve had your condition and your current overall health are all factors that play into the number and type of treatments you’ll need.
Do you offer Dry Needling?
Yes. Dry needling is simply acupuncture that targets trigger points or tender points in your muscles. It is important to understand the education requirements of anyone offering this technique. Physical Therapists only have to take a 50 hour course in order to be able to perform this kind of treatment and there is no competency exam, no standards of practice nor continuing education requirements. This practice is banned in many states due to the minimal training and increased incidence of accidental puncture of the lung and other organs by inexperienced therapists. Contrast that with over 1000 or hours of training, a national competency exam, a required one year internship and continuing education that are required for acupuncturists in Georgia. You definitely want a Licensed Acupuncturist do perform this acupuncture technique. Learn more about my credentials here. Read Myths and Facts about Dry Needling and Acupuncture here.
Do you accept insurance?
Some insurance plans now offer coverage for Acupuncture. Check with your Insurer to see if you have coverage or click here to verify your coverage. Some patients select a specific plan with insurance coverage so that they can get reimbursed for acupuncture treatments. If you do have coverage, we will take care processing the claim for you. We also offer treatment of Veterans through the Veterans Choice Program. You may also choose to use your HSA or FSA cards to pay for your care.
What should I wear?
Wear something comfortable that is easy to get on and off. Many commonly used acupuncture points are located on the lower arms and legs, so it is helpful to wear clothing that allows easy access to these areas. We can also provide you with a kimono that allows easy access to your back, stomach and upper chest area.
I’m afraid of needles. Do I have to get acupuncture treatments?
I am trained in several different needling techniques, one of which is called “teishin” which is a Japanese style of acupuncture. It uses a needle that is held above the skin and it does not go through the skin. It is totally painless. I frequently use this technique with children and those who are squeamish about needles. While Acupuncture treatments are not always required, they may be the best for your condition. Be sure to tell me when about your concerns and I’ll do everything I can to make sure your comfort and safety a priority. Read more about Acupuncture here.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
We ask for 24 hour notice if you need to change or cancel your appointment. Changes can be made online or by calling the clinic. Missed appointments without prior notification are subject to a cancellation fee of 50% of the appointment charge.
How do you treat allergic conditions?
I use a technique called the Solomon Auricular Allergy Treatment (SAAT). It is a simple technique using only one needle and requires only one treatment for any particular allergen (substance causing allergic reaction). This technique has proven to provide the strongest relief from allergy symptoms among all known acupuncture techniques. Rawls was trained in Soliman’s Auricular Allergy Treatment by Dr. Nader Soliman, a pioneer in auricular acupuncture, who completed years of clinical study on thousands of allergy sufferers. Through his refined method of SAAT, individuals now experience elimination or severe reduction in their allergy symptoms.
If you have any other questions, please let us know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us at 678-871-9642.