Frequently Asked Questions

How old is Chinese medicine?

Chinese medicine goes back over 3,000 years.

How does it work?

Chinese Medical Model typically uses needles. Here at this clinic we replace needles with electronic microcurrent stimulation to access and activate qi (pronounced "chee" - most closely translated into Western thought as "vital energy"), which helps nurture the body back to health by healping resolve energy imbalances.

What Is Electronic Needleless Treatment Like?

It is painless, it is a wet Q-tip, and you are treated with a non-painful stimuli to change the body's meridian energetics. The result is feeling good and good health.

Following treatment it is common to feel a tremendous sense of relaxation and calm.

Do I have to believe in it for it to work?

No. Acupuncture works whether or not you think it will. Acupuncture is even used successfully on animals and children. They do not understand or believe in the process yet they get better anyway. Of course a positive attitude helps with any type of therapy but it is not necessary to believe in acupuncture (or to feel it working) for it to work.

Since positive expectations and belief in a particular therapy help to increase therapeutic results, I encourage you to raise any concerns or doubts you may have about acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. I'd like to help you to better understand acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine so that you may have the most positive healing experience possible. You are invited to contact me today, and I will personally respond to any questions or comments promptly.

How quickly can I expect to feel better?

In general, I tell my patients they should start to feel the benefits from acupuncture in 2-3 treatments. If the problem is acute, sometimes improvement is felt after 1 treatment, and may only need 3-5 treatments to resolve. If the problem is chronic and long term, it may take many treatments to help resolve.

How often should I be treated?

Typically I treat patients once a week. If the condition is acute and painful, I may want to do treatments 2-3 times per week for the first couple of weeks. The benefits of acupuncture treatments tend to hold longer as you receive treatments, so what typically happens is that my patients start to need to see me less and less, so after a while they come periodically for maintenance.

Does acupuncture always help?

No, but it usually does. If you do not feel any benefit after 3-5 treatments, then acupuncture may not work for you.

What should I wear for the treatment?

Just wear loose fitting clothes that can be easily rolled up above your elbows and knees.

Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Some insurance does. You need to check with your insurance plan. I do not accept insurance except no-fault and workmen's compensation, but will give you a receipt you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Does insurance cover chiropractic?

We will call and verify all insurance cases. However, remember the contract is between you and the insurance carrier. We will do our best to determine if coverage exists. We do accept assignment on all personal injury auto accident cases and we file on your behalf.

Does insurance cover bioenergetic work?

As of now it does not. We have reasonable rates and we will work with you to meet your budget and clinical needs.

George A. Forster, DC, AP, NMD
Doctor of Chiropractic
Acupuncture Physician
Naturopathic Medical Doctor
Past President of the American Chiropractic Thermographic Society
Past Chairman of the ICA College of Thermography
Continuing Education Lecturer for Life Chiropractic College