Frequently Asked Questions
Since many people have never had Acupuncture we are pleased to present FAQ’s Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine. If you have any further questions feel free to call our office. We are happy to help.
DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
Ninety-five percent of the time, patients feel no pain. However, with chronic illnesses and first-time patients, there may be a tingling or heat sensation as muscles relax and circulation and nerve function are restored.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Treatment times vary according to the conditions treated.
HOW DEEPLY ARE THE NEEDLES INSERTED?
The depth of insertion can be different depending on the location of the acupoint. Although the average depth is approximately one-half inch, it can be as little as one- tenth of an inch, or up to a few inches for larger developed muscles, depending upon specific location and the individual.
CAN I TAKE HERBS?
Yes, most patients can take herbs. However, after a comprehensive consult Dr. Barrett will discuss exactly what herbs are best for you and explain why.
CAN I TAKE HERBS WHILE PREGNANT?
Yes, most herbs will have no side effect on pregnant women. In fact many herbs can prevent morning sickness and miscarriage. However, there is a clear list of approximately 20 herbs which are contraindicated during pregnancy. All practitioners of Oriental Herbal Medicine are well aware of these herbs and will not prescribe them during pregnancy.
IS ACUPUNCTURE COVERED BY INSURANCE?
Yes, today most insurance plans cover acupuncture and tui na which is a form of physical therapy. However all plans are different and verification of coverage may be confusing. Our office utilizes the resources of a professional biller. As a service to our patients we confirm your coverage for you at no extra cost. Simply call our friendly staff at 310-277-7179. Se habla espanol.
ARE THE NEEDLES STERILE?
Yes, most definitely. All acupuncturists in the state of California use individually packaged disposable needles which are not opened until the time of your treatment. All acupuncturists are nationally certified in clean needle techniques to assure you the comfort of a sterile environment.
CAN DR. BARRETT ADMINISTER ACUPUNCTURE IN THE HOSPITAL?
Yes, Dr. Barrett is credentialed by Cedars Sinai Medical Center to treat patients with Acupuncture, Herbs and other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Many patient ask for acupuncture for anxiety, post operative recovery or pain while in the hospital.
CAN TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM) HELP ME?
Please see the list of commonly treated illnesses. TCM can help people with acute and chronic health concerns and maintain wellness.
For your convenience we are proud to present Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine. Being trained in both Eastern & Western Medicine, Dr. Barrett is on staff at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and has a private practice at the Century City Medical Plaza in Los Angeles CA.