Consultations and Treatments
to use Chinese medicine or another form of natural/alternative
treatment for a major health issue can be extremely difficult.
Hopefully the information I continue to add to my site can help.
I take my responsibilities to my patients and customers seriously, and have found that it is difficult for me to keep up on phone and e-mail. If you are considering making an appointment to see me for acupuncture, I'll be glad to talk with you, e-mail with you, or arrange a meeting with you to answer your questions. Please note that it may be difficult to get in touch with me if I have a busy clinical week, as I am not able to answer the phone when I'm with a scheduled patient.
Ancient Way Acupuncture & Herbs, Inc.
accepts all major forms of payment: Check, Money Order, Visa,
MasterCard, and American Express. Paypal.com payments are also accepted
via special arrangement (to Kevin at "thisdomainname" dotcom.
Yes, "thisdomainname" is ancientway and I'm writing like this to fool
spam robots). I don't bill insurance directly, but am glad to put the necessary codes on your invoice for submitting yourself. I have many patients who are reimbursed directly by their insurers. I intentionally stay ignorant of most insurance plans, so I am not the one to ask whether or not your plan covers my services--please contact your insurer directly and ask them what address to send your invoice with codes to. The codes needed are known as the ICD9 code, the CPT code, the date of treatment, and my tax ID, all of which I put on invoices when asked.
Internet-only customers are welcome to order formulas and
other products. While I may occasionally offer input concerning
substitutions for unavailable herbs/formulas, please understand that I
do not offer consultations or prescriptions via phone or e-mail, for
both ethical and legal reasons. Chinese herbal medicine is complex when
practiced correctly, and that is best done in a one-on-one clinical
If you are new to Chinese medicine and would like to use Chinese herbs, please find a qualified practitioner near you or arrange a visit to my clinic in Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Consultations and Treatments
At the clinic, an initial appointment is generally an hour and a half. Between 15 and 45 minutes are used for the intake to gather the basic information such as medical history, pulse, tongue, lifestyle information, diet, etc., and offer the Chinese diagnosis and treatment plan. Treatment often begins with massage and acupuncture, which helps the me learn the condition of the muscles, fasciae, bones, and organs. The acupuncture treatment is generally between 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Return visits for acupuncture (which is often done in courses of 4-10 treatments, generally 1 per week, though possibly 2-4 times/week for extremely painful conditions) are generally an hour. Treatments begin with basic charting of changes in one's condition, as well as discussion about herbs, foods, and exercises which can help in healing. Most patients report that the treatments are extremely relaxing. Often my treatments are done in two parts--part one with the patient face up, and part two facing down on the treatment table--this has become my main style, and is twice as much work as most acupuncturists do in a treatment. Treatments often include a little massage, traditional Chinese physical therapy, or specific yoga/qi gong exercises to do at home.
Herbal Consultations and Prescriptions
There are many options for herbal treatment, from prepared pills to bulk decoctions. The strongest (in taste if not function) is a decoction made from the whole herbs. Powders, capsules, concentrated extracts, and pills are chosen for convenience, compliance, and efficacy.