box_insurance1_6At Path to Wellness, we believe in a holistic approach to our practice. We work to deliver only the highest quality care to our patients. With growing interest in acupuncture, it is becoming more and more commonly understood that acupuncture offers a wide variety of benefits. Because of this, many insurance companies are beginning to include acupuncture in their coverage plans.

Our website includes a list of insurance companies that cover acupuncture in Reno. Often, the difference between an insurance company offering coverage for acupuncture and one that does not depends on if it is being administered to treat a diagnosed condition, or if it is being administered as preventative care. Usually, insurance companies are more likely to offer acupuncture coverage for treatments rather than for prevention.

The insurance landscape is changing and it is speculated that the Affordable Care Act will broaden the coverage of acupuncture, making it more available to patients everywhere. Some predict that is it even possible that eastern medical practices could become as accessible as western medical practices in the United States–but that could be a ways off. However, we co expect for our list of companies providing coverage for acupuncture will increase in the future as Affordable Care begins to take effect.

If you are looking for an Acupuncturist in Reno, but are concerned if you are covered or not, we recommend visiting our website to see our list of insurance companies. If, however, you do not find your insurance company on our list, please contact us and we’d be happy to help find you an answer. We would love to work with you and help you find the care you need. There are many options available to help you on your path to wellness and we want to find options that are best for you.

 

References

“Is Acupuncture Covered by Insurance.” acupuncturecost.org. n.d. Web. 24 May. 2013.

 Scott, Allison. “Obamacare to Cover Acupuncture, Alternative Medicine.” wbtv.com. 29 Mar. 2013. Web. 24 May. 2013.

file0001566431353With our soldiers coming back from dangerous combat zones, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has gained substantial awareness, with notable focus over the last decade. Learning how to treat these individuals is a priority for the medical field. They deserve our best efforts, even from the practice of acupuncture. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, “a pilot study shows that acupuncture may help people with post-traumatic stress disorder.”

PTSD is defined as “an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened.” While most common with soldiers serving in hazardous regions, it is not exclusive to them. PTSD occurs in the civilian population as well and the effects are just as detrimental.

In a recent study, “researchers analyzed depression, anxiety and impairment in 73” sufferers of PTSD. After 12 weeks, they found that these symptoms were greatly reduced in those who were regularly treated with acupuncture, when compared to the control group, which received no treatment. Another positive is that the benefits were maintained for an additional three months after treatment was stopped.

If you or someone you love is suffering from PTSD, acupuncture is worth looking into. There may be no reason to stop any treatment you are currently receiving in order to take advantage of the benefits that acupuncture and herbal medicine can deliver. In fact, oftentimes we feel that acupuncture can work hand in hand with many western treatments for PTSD; it’s always best to have an initial consultation to discuss you unique situation. For acupuncture in Reno, Path to Wellness is skilled in developing holistic approaches to achieving wellness, and has worked with PTSD patients as well. Call us today to set up an initial appointment and we will start working toward achieving real relief from this condition.

 

Resources

“Acupuncture May Help Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.” http://nccam.nih.gov. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2013.

file0001409918831The medical community around the world is starting to notice and accept the benefits of combining eastern and western medical philosophies for healing. Far more research has been done in the east than the west but as the west begins to become more accepting of at least doing the research, more and more evidence is uncovered to suggest that the two are more effective combined than when used alone. By practicing both forms of medicine together patients are in the best position to achieve real solutions to the problems plaguing them. At the Path to Wellness Reno acupuncture clinic we understand how to use these practices in a manner that are complementary to each other.

We describe our approach as being holistic because we combine several forms of eastern medicine. We have found that the results of acupuncture can be greatly increased when accompanied with herbal treatments. Understanding what herbal medicine(s) is the right fit to address your issues can be difficult, but our prescriptions will take the guesswork out of it. Many of our patients are also under the care of a doctor who is trained in western practices. In truth, for many ailments we believe that this is the best approach. Our practice compliments what your doctor is doing. We can help reduce the side effects of medications that you have been prescribed, reduce symptoms and give your body a boost in generating its own recovery.

To experience increased relief from medical problems, we recommend complementing the western treatments you are receiving with eastern medicine. The two work surprisingly well together. When you visit Dr. Maureen McKenney, an experienced acupuncturist in Reno, you are setting yourself up for a more successful treatment plan. Studies are being released every day to indicate the effectiveness of acupuncture on a variety of diseases. Isn’t it time that you saw for yourself the benefits you could be receiving from this proven ancient practice?