Acupuncture effectively helps patients suffering from pain and other symptoms. It is an effective treatment option for many conditions and doesn’t have adverse side effects such as surgery or medicines may impose. The World Health Organization recognizes Acupuncture to be an effective treatment for many conditions, including low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, knee pain, peri-arthritis of the shoulder, sprains, facial pain, TMJ, headache, dental pain, acute and chronic gastritis, rheumatoid arthritis, induction of labor, breech birth presentation, morning sickness, nausea and vomiting, postoperative pain, some hypertension, renal colic, radiation/chemo reactions, allergic rhinitis, hay fever, biliary colic, depression, dysmenorrhea, acute epigastralgia, peptic ulcers. Read more.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Acupuncture work? Acupuncture improves mental clarity and reduces pain by improving the flow of life-force healing chi or energy through meridian pathways. Dr. Oskardmay inserts very fine needles into specific meridian body points where there is energy blockage. Similar to the flow of blood, nerve energy, or lymph in the body, qi energy moves in channels; when blockage or stagnation occurs in these channels, dis-ease results. Your acupuncturist knows where to place these points based on careful examination and your health history.
How long does a treatment take? Although your initial visit will be a bit longer, the average treatment time is about 45 minutes, which allows for the personalization of each therapy and includes Acupuncture with some massage and relaxation. Dr. Oskardmay frequently provides massage and cupping treatment during the treatment session to relax muscles and stimulate a healing environment. If a chiropractic adjustment is required, plan on appointment times lasting a bit longer.
Is Acupuncture painful? Acupuncture uses very fine needles and shouldn’t hurt. The environment where your treatment occurs is enhanced to provide the utmost comfort to improve this experience and reduce the possibility of pain. Dr. Oskardmay will describe what to expect in the office- ample time is available to ask questions. Acupuncture is a safe therapy, and it is not painful nor dangerous. Read more.
Does Insurance cover acupuncture?
Insurance plans increasingly cover the cost of Acupuncture care received at Acupractic Natural Healing Center, and we strive to help you make the most of your insurance benefits. We keep our prices affordable, too, so you can receive the care you need whether or not your Insurance covers care. We also utilize a HIPAA-compliant electronic health billing platform to get your claims processed promptly.
We participate with BCBSNC (Blue Cross Blue Shield) UNC Student Plan for Acupuncture Services and United Healthcare, BCBS Federal Plan, Anthem BCBS, Cigna, Aetna, Medicare, and other plans, including ones through Optum Health and Heath Network Solutions. We proudly offer care to our nation’s Veterans and participate with OptumVA health. We accept all forms of HSAs (health savings accounts) and Federal Savings Accounts as well and can submit billing on your behalf for plans with which we do not yet participate. To learn more about keeping Acupuncture in Chapel Hill care affordable, call our helpful front desk staff to answer your questions or schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Lisa Oskardmay is NC State Licensed in Acupuncture (NC 591) and Nationally Board Certified in Acupuncture, accredited by the NCCAAM. She graduated from the 4-year master’s program at Jung Tao School of Classical medicine and has provided acupuncture care to Triangle residents since 1995. Dr. Oskardmay accepts referrals from other healthcare professionals and enjoys helping patients get and feel well using Acupuncture and other alternative medical practices. Call our office today to schedule an appointment!