Acupuncture originated in China over 2,000 years ago and is presently used as a primary health care system throughout the world. It is a method of balancing and building the Body's energy, known as "qi" (pronounced "chee"). Acupuncturists insert sterile needles into special points that lay on pathways called channels or meridians, which act as conduits for energy circulation.

Traditional Chinese medicine views disease as the result of an imbalance or blockage in the body's natural energy flow. Such imbalances manifest in physical, emotional and psychosomatic stress-related disorders.


What is an "acupuncturist"?

Acupuncture is only one a part of a larger health care system. Chinese medicine also includes herbs, exercises, diet and lifestyle changes. Cara Frank is a 1983 graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture. In 1985 she was certified as a Diplomate in acupuncture by the NCCAOM. In 1993 she was grandfathered by the NCCAOM as a Diplomate in Chinese Herbology.

Do I have to choose between acupuncture and other types of health care?

Absolutely not, both systems can be integrated. We welcome a collaborative relationship with your health care providers.

Does it hurt?

The acupuncture needles that we use at Six Fishes are 38-40 gauge. They are as slender as a hair. Most people feel little or no discomfort.

What can I expect during my treatment?

Most people feel extremely relaxed. Many often nap during the acupuncture treatment.

Can acupuncture needles spread disease?

We only use sterile, disposable needles. They are used once, and then they are discarded into a special container.

What is expected of me after treatment?

Ideally, you should have a relaxed and easy day. I request that you avoid strenuous exercise for 6 hours after you treatment.

How many treatments are needed?

This depends on the nature of your complaint. I will discuss this with you at the first visit.

Will treatments be covered by my insurance?

Some insurance is reimburising patients for acupuncture at this time. Check with your insurance company. Although we do not accept many insurance policies, we are happy to provide you with a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company.

What are Chinese herbs like?

Chinese herbs often come in a large bag of exotic looking twigs, leaves and roots. This herbal formula has been written especially for you. It is specific for you and your complaints only. You will receive instructions for cooking. Chinese Herbs do not taste like anything you are familiar with. They are generally bitter. Don’t be dissuaded by the taste. Bitter herbs are detoxifying. As you become familiar with them, the more subtle flavors will become apparent. Most importantly, you will begin to feel better. The herbs will intuitively feel appropriate.

What if I don't like to cook herbs?

I often use concentrated liquids as an alternative to bulk herbs. This allows me to write custom herb formulas while providing my patients with the convenience of a prepared formula. A third delivery method is granular concentrates. These are one of the most popular ways to take herbs worldwide. They are very convenient for traveling with. We also use prepared formulas that are in tablet form

How are Chinese herbs different from western herbs?

One of the biggest differences is that in traditional western herbology, single herbs are often used. In Chinese herbology we primarily use formulas. Formulas are combinations of herbs that can address a variety of complex complaints. Formulas are designed to maximize the effects of the primary herbs, while minimizing any possible side effects.

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