Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Since 1985
Does acupuncture work?
Absolutely. Chinese Medicine, along with western medicine, are recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the two major systems of the world. WHO continues to research and study acupuncture and its uses, and compiles statistics that clearly document success. Moreover, acupuncture has been successfully practiced for more than 5000 years, and is one of the world's oldest medicine systems. It continues to grow as a medical science in our own day. Some doctors use acupuncture as a natural anaesthetic, and many patients prefer it because it has no side effects on the body. It is a completely natural remedy.
Is acupuncture painful?
No, and especially not in the hands of a skilled practitioner who has extensively studied and practiced the arts of proper needle insertion. Some patients will experience a brief tingling sensation, but the doctor can easily and quickly adjust for this as the patient makes the doctor aware.
Are the needles clean?
Only sterilized disposable needles are used. They are only used once, and each patient receives a brand new set of needles. The doctor also wears new plastic gloves for each patient treated, and alcohol is used to clean and prepare a needle site. Doctors also frequently wash their hands during the day in a special sink near the treatment rooms.
Does it take long to get better?
Every patient is unique, and so are the constellations of symptoms they present. Much depends on how severe a patient's symptoms have been allowed to become, and how many body systems are involved. Over 50% of patients, however, report a significant change for the better after only one treatment.
How much time should I plan for my acupuncture sessions?
You should plan twenty to thirty minutes of actual treatment time, and if you can manage your schedule to accommodate slightly more it can be advantageous. The key is to relax as completely as possible during the treatment while the needles are in place. On the day of your initial diagnosis, more time may be needed before the treatment actually begins. On follow-up visits the doctors will ask brief questions, and do a simple tongue or other re-diagnosis to monitor any changes or improvements in your body system(s). During the treatment time appropriate background music is played to assist you to relax during the treatment process. Some patients fall asleep, During the treatment, the doctors will prepare or adjust any herbal prescriptions you require so that they will be ready by the time you are finished.
What are the costs?
A free diagnostic consultation is offered to all patients, and an initial treatment plan indicating an appropriate number of sessions for each patient's condition is prepared. Generally, acupuncture and herbs cost far less than standard western medical treatment. After initial rebalancing of the body's systems and adjustments for major complaints, follow-up care is not as frequent. Many patients arrange maintenance and preventive sessions a few times a year after their initial problems have cleared, or to work on other ares.
Does insurance cover the cost of treatment?
Many insurance plans cover acupuncture. Many primary care physicians will make referrals for acupuncture for pain treatment associated with the patient's condition. the doctors will discuss your insurance plan with you during the free consultation. You may also discuss insurance questions with them by phone.
What are your professional credentials?
The doctors have been in practice in their Greenwich office since 1985, and have opened a second office on the Wilton-Norwalk border to accommodate their patients who live in this area. Dr. Tsoi is fourth generation Chinese Medical doctor and is National Board Certified Chinese Acupuncturist and Herbologist. Dr. Chan is second generation Chinese medical doctor and is also National Board Certified. Both Drs. Tsoi and Chan are Licensed in the State of Connecticut. Both are longstanding members of the American Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Association.
Why should I use Chinese acupuncture over traditional western medicine?
Acupuncture helps to return the body to a state of natural balance, and is highly effective as preventive medicine. Chinese medicine interprets sickness as a state of imbalance(s). Some constellations of symptoms are well-recognized in Chinese medicine whereas they make little sense of the diagnostic techniques of western medicine. As the WHO suggests, persons who use both the Chinese and western perspectives on the body stand the highest chances of restoring their health more rapidly and are less likely to "miss" something. Also, western medicine's diagnostic tests are not geared to pick up a condition until it is severe enough to appear on a diagnostic screen, whereas Chinese medicine is geared to pick up symptoms before they become severe. Lastly, Chinese medicine is highly effective in pain management of even severe conditions, and can be used in the treatment of conditions running the full spectrum of mild to severe.
TSOICHAN, also doing business as Wilton Acupuncture, is a trademark of Greenwich Acupuncture Center, Inc.
Greenwich Office: 280 Railroad Ave., Greenwich CT 06890, 203-629-3800
Wilton Office: 4 Danbury Rd., Wilton CT 06897, 203-761-1300