Patient FAQs

What should I expect for my first treatment?

During the first session, Dr. Farber will take a comprehensive history and spend time getting to know your specific health picture. She uses a combination of traditional Chinese medicine diagnostics and palpation to gain an understanding of your physical and emotional state. If appropriate, you will receive treatment including acupuncture and bodywork and herb/supplement recommendations. The initial visit lasts up to two hours.

Is acupuncture safe?

In the hands of a licensed practitioner, acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for many acute and chronic conditions that has been used for thousands of years. Dr. Farber is licensed nationally and in California and holds masters and doctorate degrees in Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbs. 

Is acupuncture painful?

Acupuncture treatments are not painful. Acupuncture is performed with very thin needles that do not resemble hypodermic needles. Patients often fall asleep and are in deep relaxation on the table.

Where do the needles go?

Needles are placed at specific acupuncture points on the body. Depending on the specific condition the needles commonly are placed at or below the elbows, and at or below the knees. Other common areas are on the back, abdomen and ears.

Can I receive acupuncture when I am pregnant?

Acupuncture is safe during pregnancy and can help relieve many pregnancy and postpartum conditions. Because there are some acupuncture points that are contraindicated during pregnancy it is important to inform the practitioner if you are pregnant.  We highly recommend acupuncture during through your first trimester to help assist embryo development, prevent miscarriage, and address any other symptoms that may arise.

How can I prepare for my acupuncture treatment?

The best way to prepare is to eat a snack or a light meal before treatment so your body has sufficient energy to work with. If possible it is best to wear loose clothing so that your arms and legs are accessible for treatment. 

What are the advantages of acupuncture?

One benefit to acupuncture is that it is a drug-free way to optimize health. With drugs, people often develop a tolerance, or the need for an increased dosage to achieve the same required effect. However, this does not happen with acupuncture. In addition, acupuncture allows the doctor to immediately examine a person’s response to the treatment and adjust it if necessary.

Do Western medical doctors approve of acupuncture?

Yes. There are approximately 6,500 licensed acupuncturists in the U.S. In addition, the World Health Organization currently recognizes more than 40 medical problems which can be helped by acupuncture treatment. The FDA regulates acupuncture needles as medical devices.  We work closely with the fertility clinics and many ob/gyn doctors to help provide you the highest level of care. 

Why do you want to feel my pulse?

There are twelve pulse positions on each wrist that your Dr. Farber will palpate. Each position corresponds to a specific meridian and organ. She will be looking for twenty-seven individual qualities that reflect overall health. If there are any problems, they may appear in the pulse.

Why do you want to look at my tongue?

The tongue is a map of the body. It reflects the general health of the organs and meridians. Dr. Farber will look at the color, shape, cracks and coating on your tongue.

Why do you recommend herbs?

Herbs can be a powerful adjunct to acupuncture care. They are used to strengthen, build and support the body or to clear it of excess problems like a cold, fever or acute pain. 

What is integrative medicine?

Integrative medicine integrates the best features of Western medicine and Chinese medicine. Integrative medicine approaches each individual as a whole person, rather than a set of symptoms. An integrative approach to medical care might include Western medicine as well as acupuncture, natural products such as herbal formulas, dietary therapy, massage, movement exercise, and relaxation techniques like deep breathing and guided imagery.

Is acupuncture safe for children?

Yes. In some instances children actually respond more quickly than adults. If your child has an aversion to needles, your acupuncturist may massage the acupuncture points. This is called acupressure or tuina.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. 

Treatment frequency depends on a variety of factors: particularly your constitution and the severity and duration of the problem. Dr. Farber aspires to treating her patients as quickly as possible, keeping the frequency and duration of treatments to a minimum.

Will my insurance cover acupuncture?

Many insurance plans cover acupuncture from a licensed provider. Dr. Farber provides detailed super bills that make it easy to submit to your insurer.

How should I prepare for a treatment?

  • Write down and bring any questions you have. 
  • Fill out the intake form you receive with your appointment confirmation.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points.
  • Do not eat large meals just before or after your visit.
  • Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs or alcohol for up to six hours after the visit.
  • Avoid stressful situations. Make time to relax, and be sure to get plenty of rest.
  • Between visits, take notes of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of problems.

Patient consultation

  • Answer any questions that you have about Integrative Functional and Chinese Medicine
  • Discuss your symptoms and health concerns
  • Tell you how I think that I might be able to help you
  • Review treatment options and costs

If you have any health problems or symptoms that you would like to see improve, please fill out the form to get started with your free consultation, or call me at 831-515-2354 to set up your free consultation. Once you submit your consultation request, I’ll contact you the same day in most cases. At the latest, you’ll hear from me the next business day. Our consultation can be over the phone or in person.

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