Frequently asked questions
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a sophisticated, complicated, well documented, and over two thousand year old system of medicine. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are the two main treatment methods used in the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Since this type of medicine was never persecuted such as in the history of Western herbalism, but rather upheld and promoted by a number of Emperors, it developed into the full blown medicine that it is today. During one dynasty, there was even a Chinese Medical college with various internal and external medicine departments, just like Western medicine!
Chinese Medicine as practiced by Rhoda Climenhaga, L.Ac., in Beacon and Fishkill, NY, uses a sophisticated, individually based method of diagnosis. The person is always treated as a whole, unique system, and all body systems are analyzed to determine that individual’s imbalances, and treated accordingly. In contrast, western medicine treats large groups of people as identical, administering the same drug to everyone and measuring the effects.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is the art of stimulating specific points on the body for pain relief and other therapeutic purposes, using very fine needles. The points correspond to a network of “meridians” or energy channels (Qi, pronounced “chee”) flowing through the body. Besides modulating the flow of energy, some points are known to effect the function of specific organs or systems, such as the liver or the immune system, for example.
Tell me more about Chinese Herbology
Chinese herbology uses combinations of herbs to achieve balance in the body. Over thousands of years of use, herbs have been classified as to their precise mechanism of action according to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In the past few decades, laboratory research has supported many of the uses of Chinese herbs and explained them in Western Medical terms.
Herbs compliment acupuncture by correcting imbalances in the amount of Qi, blood, yin, and yang in the body. Individual formulas use anywhere from 3 to 20 herbs and can be custom blended for each patient’s specific needs.
What should I expect at my first appointment?
Rhoda will make a detailed diagnosis of your condition and devise a treatment plan that may include acupuncture, herbs, diet and lifestyle modifications, exercises, and other elements. She will use the Chinese Medicine method called the Four Types of Examination:
▪ Questioning (signs, symptoms, health history)
▪ Visual inspection (face, body, tongue)
▪ Listening (voice, breathing)
▪ Palpation or physical exam (feeling the pulse, feeling pain areas)
The initial consultation takes 30-45 minutes, and then you will receive a
treatment that day that will take another 30-45 minutes. Afterwards you
will meet briefly with Rhoda again to discuss the treatment plan, possibly
including herbs, diet, supplement, lifestyle, and/or exercise
recommendations. The patient is always included in the final discussion of
what will work best. Rhoda aims to make sure you feel heard, valued, and safe.
Does It Hurt?
Acupuncture uses very fine needles, approximately the thickness of a human hair. Rhoda is highly trained in the art of needle insertion, and has worked extensively with those afraid of needles. Common responses from first-time patients include, “Did you put it in already?” “I didn’t feel it!” “I didn’t feel a thing,” and “Oh, is that it?”. Try us out at Balanced Ways Acupuncture, Rhoda is one of the best Acupuncturists in the Hudson Valley, with 20 years of experience.
How Long Will It Take to Feel Better?
There is no single answer to this big question on every patient’s mind. Healing time depends on a number of factors, including:
▪ How long the condition has been present
▪ The condition’s underlying cause(s)
▪ The patient’s willingness and ability to make diet and/or lifestyle changes
In general, just as it takes time for a body to go out of balance, it often takes more than one treatment to achieve relief. Many patients experience partial relief in 1-3 treatments. Frequency of treatments is also a factor. With serious or chronic states, the best results are achieved when treatments are done 2 or 3 times a week for the first 1-4 weeks. With this frequency of treatment, improvement can be achieved in even the most severe cases in as little as 8 treatments.
Gradual improvement is the goal. People typically experience setbacks when they start to feel better and overdo things, and learning limits is part of the healing process. The most important commitment to make is to becoming healthy and pain-free.
Do you take insurance?
Yes! If acupuncture is covered by your plan, in many cases, we bill the insurance company for you. Occasionally, we have to give you a superbill that you send into the insurance company yourself. It all depends on you plan, some cover acupuncture and some do not. We are happy to check this for you, just call Balanced Ways Acupuncture at 510-306-0067 and give us your insurance information. In any case, you can get some of the most in depth Acupuncture Treatments in the Hudson Valley, New York, and sometimes with just an insurance copay!
What do the Acupuncture Treatments include?
Rhoda’s Acupuncture treatments in Fishkill, near Beacon, NY include not only Acupuncture, but also Cupping therapy, Moxabustion, or abdominal massage as needed. All treatments, and especially Fertility treatments at our clinic, can include nutritional advise, guided meditation, and deep relaxation. Chinese Herbal prescriptions are also included, but the cost of the herbs themselves are not.
Can I get other kinds of treatments or therapies at the same clinic?
Yes! Since she is in a facility with other practitioners, many Balanced Ways Acupuncture patients combine treatments with rejuvenating facials, or massage, offered by
EP Skincare, and
Massage by ME in the same facility, some of the best acupuncture, massage, and facials in Dutchess County, New York.