Questions Answered At a Galance
Q. How does acupuncture work?
Studies indicate that acupuncture influences both the central and peripheral nervous system. Evidence shows that Endorphins from the brain make acupuncture effective particularly in pain control. Among a host of factors, acupuncture affects sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, the functioning of the gastrointestinal system, and the activity of the endocrine system. Acupuncture strengthens, balances, and improves the circulation of the body energy, Qi. Therefore, it allows the body to heal itself more naturally and completely.
Q. What are the most commonly treated conditions?
The most common cases acupuncturists receive are pain related symptoms such as lower back pain, sciatica, neck pain, arthritis, knee pain, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia.
Q. What are the side effects for acupuncture?
Relatively few complications from the use of acupuncture have been reported to the FDA, in light of the millions of people treated each year and the number of acupuncture sessions completed.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners, requiring that needles be manufactured and labeled according to certain standards. For example, the FDA requires that needles be sterile, nontoxic, and labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.
Q. What are the precautionary treatments for acupuncture?
It is not recommended to have an acupuncture treatment if a patient is very hungry or extremely tired. Some bruising may occasionally occur after needling. If a patient has a bleeding disorder or is on blood thinning medications, they should inform their acupuncturist before undergoing treatment. If a patient is pregnant or have a pacemaker, they should notify their acupuncturist so that appropriate treatments can be chosen.
Q. Should I continue my prescribed medication during acupuncture and herbal treatment?
Until you have discussed your medication options with your primary physician, you should continue the prescribed medication from your doctor. Many patients seek alternative methods due to dissatisfaction with drug treatments, particularly when those treatments do not seem to be working or if there are severe side effects. However, do not stop any medications without professional guidance.
Q. Should I tell my family physician before acupuncture treatment?
Acupuncture is a legally accepted branch of CAM (Complementary Alternative Medicine) in the US. With a combination of Western and Eastern medical care, the patient can expect optimum health and well-being. If a patient is receiving treatment from your family physician, it makes sense to tell him/her about the intention to have acupuncture. The patient should feel free to provide their medical doctor any information about your acupuncture provider and encourage them to contact him/her. At the same time, patients should always inform their acupuncturist of any treatment they are receiving, such as medications, as this may affect their response to the acupuncture treatment.
Q. Is acupuncture covered by insurance companies?
Many insurance plans cover acupuncture treatments and related services performed by acupuncturists. Jaseng providers are mostly in-network with major health insurance companies. However, since the coverage varies depending on each individual’s plan, you can receive more accurate information by calling your insurance company. Acupuncture is also covered under Medicare and Worker Compensation insurance under certain restrictions. If you want to verify your insurance information prior to your visit, you can also call Jaseng.
Q. I am afraid of acupuncture needles. Can I just take herbal medication?
Generally speaking, taking herbal medication in combination with acupuncture treatment has a better effect on restoring the body’s imbalances. The fundamental concept is to treat the root causes and this often requires both therapies. However, it is okay to take only herbal medication under the supervision of licensed acupuncturist. Among our treatment modalities, herbal medications have a large impact on the treatment. Therefore, if the patient remains consistent with herbal medicine, this could prevent symptoms from aggravating and expect more beneficial positive results.
Q. What is the recovery rate for Jaseng's non-surgical spine and joints treatment?
According to a research study following Harvard Medical School’s research protocol, Jaseng’s methods have shown to have a full recovery rate of 95%.
Q. How long is Jaseng's treatment duration for spine and joint conditions?
With intensive treatments, pain will decrease approximately 77% within the first 2 months. According to study results, the pain will have diminished by 95% after 3-6 months depending on the severity of patient’s condition.
Q. What is Jaseng's non-surgical treatment method?
Jaseng’s non-surgical therapy treats the root cause of the disease without damaging the body. Spinal conditions such as bulging or disc herniation result mainly from weakened muscles and ligaments or a misaligned spine. Jaseng’s treatment protocol utilizes a combination of herbal medicine, Jaseng’s unique acupuncture technique, and chiropractic procedure. Jaseng’s providers collaborate interdepartmentally to develop a personalized treatment plan that matches each patient’s personal needs.
Q. What is MSAT? I thought you were supposed to remain still after getting needled. What kind of effect can I see if you move after needling?
What is MSAT? I thought you're supposed to remain still after getting needled. What kind of effect can I see if you move after needling?
Q. I brought MRI and CT from another hospital. Do I need to take it again here?
If it has been a while since your last imaging (at least 8 months), or if you took the imaging in a non-affected area, we may need to take it again. Also, re-imaging may be necessary if the previous result is difficult to interpret.
Q. How much weight can I expect to lose during diet program?
Target weight is all determined by your age, BMI (Body Mass Index) and BMR (Basic Metabolic Rate). Upon your initial consultation, wellness acupuncturist will read your body composition analysis thoroughly and tell you how much % weight you can possibly lose within a certain period of time. Usually, the weight loss rate is between 8 to 10 % of your total body weight within the first 30 days.
Q. What does the Healing Diet Program entail?
The Healing Diet program is a 3 month-long program, in which patients will be provided herbal medicine and meal supplements based on their individual goals. Patients are required to visit the center on a regular basis for consultation and check-up throughout the program. Also, wellness acupuncturist will provide a recommended treatment plan among lipodren acupuncture, detox cupping, and/or endermologie contouring (available only at the Fullerton center).
Q. Won't I gain back my weight after I discontinue the program?
To minimize the yoyo effect from weight loss and maintain the weight in a healthy way, post-management program is recommended after reaching the target weight within the 3 month period. Herbal medicine will be provided to you to control weight gain, and patients gradually return back to regular meal plan. Even after the healing diet, patients are encouraged to visit the center regularly to monitor themselves and consult with the provider.
Q. What should I expect if I am undergoing IVF?
Women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) often need to reschedule their acupuncture appointments at short notice.
Q. Why do IVF patients need a dedicated acupuncture clinic?
MSAT (Motion Style Acupuncture Technique) is Jaseng’s unique needling technique where we needle adjacent to the area that is causing the pain and have the patient move so that tensed-up muscles can relax. Even if patients couldn’t move due to severe pain, after MSAT, patients will see results within 20 minutes. This technique works for a variety of conditions from acute sprain to moderate spinal conditions.
Q. Should I have acupuncture before or after my embryo transfer, or both?
Numerous studies have demonstrated a significantly increased chance of pregnancy after two acupuncture treatments, one before and one after the embryo transfer. However, one of the trials performed only one treatment and still showed a positive effect on pregnancy rates. If it is convenient to attend the acupuncture clinic both before and after the embryo transfer, then that is recommended. Jaseng’s acupuncturists are also available for an on-call treatment session at the nearest IVF facility.
Q. What are the other treatment options except one day treatment before and after embryo transfer?
If patients consider more support during the cycle, they can get twice-a-week treatment sessions during your IVF preparation period around egg collection. Acupuncture regulates the stress hormones which may act on follicle development and embryo implantation. Acupuncture also subsides the IVF side effects related to hormone levels, such as fullness and swelling in the abdomen, cramping, inflammation after egg retrieval. Also, if you have a history of failed IVF cycles, you may consider preparation sessions with acupuncture and herbal medicine even before IVF cycles.
Q. Can I get more acupuncture after my IVF cycle?
Acupuncture session will be held until the patient receives their blood test result after embryo transfer. Once the IVF is successful and pregnancy is confirmed, patients can receive a pregnancy care program for pregnancy-related conditions, such as prevention of miscarriage, morning sickness, emotional issues and pregnancy lower back pain throughout your whole trimester.