Frequently Asked Questions
We have listed below some answers to frequently asked questions about acupuncture, and we recommend also clicking here to read excerpts from “Why did you put the needle there?”, by Community Acupuncturist, Andrew Wegman.
Does acupuncture work?
If you scroll down on this page, below you’ll find some links to endorsements on what many leading health institutions say acupuncture “works” for including the World Health Organization, the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs and Department of Defense, and the US National Institute of Health.
Please also feel free to read some of the testimonies written by people who have been treated at Crossroads Community Acupuncture, hear from them how acupuncture has worked for them: https://crossroadsacupuncture.com/testimonies/
What is Community Acupuncture?
Crossroads is modeled after over 200 network Community Acupuncture clinics in the United States. (Click here to watch a documentary on Community Acupuncture) We want everyday people in the Las Cruces region to be able to receive acupuncture frequently and comfortably, at a cost that is practical, and we do this in several ways:
–Over the years most of our patients have paid between $15 and $20 for a session and on their first time fee $40. With our new Crossroads Care Plans, patients usually pay as little as $0 and no more than $20 for the out of pocket cost of a session. Give us a call 575-312-6569 so we can check your insurance and see how affordable it will be for you.
–no need to bring proof of low income
–walk ins welcome
–family members or friends are welcome to come with you to your appointment
–no disrobing necessary, distal points will be selected on the arm, the lower leg and the head
–bilingual English/Spanish acupuncturists
What should I expect on my first visit?
We make it easy for you to get acupuncture by keeping our systems simple. Your first visit includes an assessment of your health history and treatment goals. After that, pick a chair, kick off your shoes, roll up your sleeves and get comfortable. Your acupuncture with check in with you, place your needles, and let you rest. When you’re ready to get up usually after 45-60 minutes), give a nod and we’ll unpin you. We’ll suggest a plan for you to come in based on your needs.
Please take the time to download and read through our Welcome Letter, which has more information about how our clinic works and what to expect when you come to Crossroads.
Who will be treating me? Click here to meet our acupuncturists!
Why does Crossroads treat in a group setting?
Most US acupuncturists treat each patient on a table in a private room. At Crossroads Community Acupuncture, however, acupuncture treatments are given in a group setting, as is customary in Asia. In our clinic we group recliners in an open, shared space. Treating patients in
a community setting has many benefits: it’s easy for friends and family to come in for treatment together and sharing the healing experience makes individual treatments more powerful. Our style of acupuncture treats patients in recliners, allowing them to rest with their needles for an extended period of time. The “right” amount of time varies from patient to patient. Most people learn after a few treatments when they feel “done,” whether this is twenty minutes or an hour. Many people fall asleep and wake feeling refreshed.
Why are your prices so low?
We don’t believe acupuncture should be a luxury, and we want people of ordinary incomes to be able to access our services. Our model of care is designed to make our services affordable for the working class of the Las Cruces area, many of whom would otherwise not be able to not pay the going rates of acupuncturists.
We also realize that in most communities on both sides of the border, there are few acupuncturists at all. Crossroads is committed to empowering regional partner groups to establish their own low cost and free clinics in low income border communities and colonias. We want the Las Cruces community to be able to support their efforts.
What is ear acupuncture?
Ear acupuncture is perhaps the most prevalent model of care in mainstream health settings. Crossroads follows the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol as an ear acupuncture modality (aka the NADA Model). Through our training program, we teach health providers how to set up their own services. Please visit our ear acupuncture page where you can read articles on Acutake, and find more resources on ear acupuncture.
What illnesses can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for many common illnesses. Many people seek acupuncture treatment for alleviating pain and for managing long term chronic physical and psychological illnesses related to stress. Others make it part of their weekly or monthly routine just to relax, rest, and recuperate from their busy and stressful lives.
Acupuncture is not a cure for any one single disease, however many authoritative international and US health institutions have endorsed the value of acupuncture for treating a wide range of specific physical and psychological conditions. These include body pain and headaches as well conditions such as Diabetes Mellitus, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, menstrual problems, depression, hypertension and nausea and vomiting for morning sickness as well as patients receiving chemotherapy. Below we have excerpted a few of these endorsements:
National Institute of Health
“Promising results have emerged, for example, [demonstrating the] efficacy of acupuncture in adult post-operative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in post-operative dental pain. There are other situations such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma where acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program. Further research is likely to uncover additional areas where acupuncture interventions will be useful.” Source: NIH Consensus Statement (1997)
¨Research focusing on the efficacy of acupuncture (for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)) is still relatively limited. The few available studies are well done and demonstrate significant improvement in both PTSD and PTSD-associated symptomatology. A larger numbers of studies exist, concluding acupuncture’s efficacy in pain management, insomnia, depression, and substance abuse.¨ Source: VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Management of Post-Traumatic Stress (2010) Downloaded 26 Feb 2012 from http://www.healthquality.va.gov/Post_Traumatic_Stress_Disorder_PTSD.asp
In 2003, the World Health Organization published a review of clinical trials on acupuncture for various illnesses, and concluded that over 100 diseases and disorders that acupuncture could be used to treat. These included depression, allergic rhinitis, Diabetes Mellitis, asthma, headache, low back pain, insomnia, osteoarthritis, hypertension, sore throat and many more. Here is the link to the WHO endorsement of acupuncture: http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/pdf/s4926e/s4926e.pdf
Do you treat addictions?
We do offer care for people with addictions problems, from alcohol to pain pills as well as other addictive behavioral and substance use issues. We also have a network of clinics among behavioral health, harm reduction and addictions providers in the region who provide acudetox/ear acupuncture services. Contact us for more info 575-312-6569
Do you prescribe herbal medicine?
Acupuncture is our clinic’s first line of treatment. Depending on the condition you are seeking treatment for, however, it may be recommended that you try Chinese herbal medicine. This can enhance the effects of acupuncture, leading to quicker and more sustaining results. For particular conditions such as digestive disorders, infertility, menstrual problems, menopausal symptoms, depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, insomnia, common cold or headaches, herbs may be recommended.
During your initial acupuncture visit or in follow-up visits we may suggest that you try herbs. Chinese herbal medicine is safe and natural. The herbs used at our clinic are tested numerous times for safety. We offer a line of herbs processed into a pill-tablet form that is easy to take. We also offer topical analgesic pain relieving linaments and oils, as well as herbal cough syrup. Formulas are designed to meet your body’s particular needs and should not cause side effects. Most of the time herbs can be used alongside western medications, however, there are certain cases when they should not. The utmost care will be used in prescribing herbs for you.
Chinese Herbal Medicine Pricing
Patent Chinese Herbs: $9-$14 for a 1-3 Week Supply
We also offer individualized herbal formulas, which vary in price. For an herbal consultation, you need to schedule an appointment.