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Frequently Asked Questions 问答

 

What are the services offered at Arogya?

We offer a variety of holistic health and wellness services, including acupuncture, massage therapy, reiki, craniosacral therapy, private yoga, shiatsu, reflexology, acupressure, electro-acupuncture, gua sha, cupping, holistic facials, Chinese herbal consultations, nutritional guidance, and Qi Gong. 

Where can I park?

There is ample parking in downtown Westport. Many of our clients will park on the Post Road, Church Lane, or in the public parking lot behind the Bank of America.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept check, cash, credit or debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover), and Arogya Gift Certificates. If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA), you can check with your HSA company to see if you can use the HSA at Arogya.

Do you take insurance?

Currently, we are not contracted with any insurance companies, but are happy to print out a superbill that you can submit to your insurance company.

What are the most common conditions that benefit from acupuncture?

  • Acid Reflux
  • Acute back strain
  • Acute neck strain
  • Addiction to Smoking and other substances
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma 
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Bronchitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Cold/Flu Symptoms (early stages)
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Eye Disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility Support (Male and Female)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastrointestinal Issues
  • Gynecological Dysfunctions
  • Headaches
  • Hemorrhoids
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hip Pain (Bursitis, Degeneration, Post Operation Recovery)
  • Injuries
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Indigestion
  • Menopause
  • Migraines
  • Muscular and Myofascial Pain
  • Nausea
  • Obesity
  • Oncology Support
  • Osteoporosis, Osteopenia
  • Palpitations
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Pre/Post Surgery Preparation (for efficient healing)
  • PMS
  • Raynaud's
  • Shingles
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Sports Injuries and Overexertion
  • Stress
  • Stroke (CVA)
  • TMJ
  • Tendonitis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Weight Control

What should I expect to feel during an acupuncture session?

For the most part, patients feel calm and sleepy when the needles are in place. Some report feeling either heavier or lighter and many fall asleep during treatment.

How should I dress for my acupuncture appointment?

Wear clothing that is loose and comfortable. If you are coming from work, please feel welcome to bring a change of clothes and you can change clothing prior to your appointment in a private room.

How should I prepare for my acupuncture visit?

Refrain from eating a large meal before or after your visit. Wear clothing that is loose and comfortable. If you are coming from work, please feel welcome to bring a change of clothes and you can change clothing here prior to your visit. Please do not consume alcohol or recreational drugs prior to your visit, and they may affect your ability to assess the treatment.

What should I do after my acupuncture visit?

Take it easy on yourself for the next few hours after your visit. Do not eat a large meal. Drink lots of water. Do not overexert yourself or consume drugs or alcohol for up to 6 hours. Observe how you feel and take notice of any changes you may feel. Share this information with your acupuncturist at the next visit.

Are the needles painful?

You should expect your acupuncture session to be a very relaxing and pain-free experience. Acupuncture needles are in no ways similar to needles from a shot or an injection. Most acupuncture needles are up to 100 times smaller than the typical medical syringe and do not feel painful when they are inserted. It is normal to feel a slight pinch as the needles are tapped in. Acupuncture needles are fine and flexible and no thicker than a strand of hair. A slight ache or heaviness near the needle placement is normal and indicative that the body is engaging productively and that energy in your body is being activated. If you experience any prolonged pinching, burning or sharpness, please let your practitioner know so that the placement of the needle can be adjusted.

Are acupuncture needles safe?

Government regulations require acupuncturists to follow strict sterilization procedures. Needles are single-use only and never reused, regardless of whether they are for the same patient.

How soon will I see results?

For acute conditions, patients may experience results within a few sessions. Chronic health issues may require 12 or more treatments for significant changes to settle in. This question is best addressed during your first session.

Is acupuncture appropriate for all ages?

Because of the insertion of needles, acupuncture has been misunderstood as an adult-only treatment to the mainstream. However, acupuncturists have long treated infants and children alike for conditions ranging from allergies, colds, fevers, coughs, ear infections, migraines, bedwetting, colic, and even hyperactivity. On the other side of the spectrum, seniors can often experience relief from discomforts that are too often dismissed as signs of aging. Practical benefits from regular acupuncture treatments can include more independence, productivity and improved quality of life.