About Our Acupuncture Services
The CHA Malden Family Medicine Center is proud to partner with the New England School of Acupuncture to offer low-cost acupuncture services to the local community. Services are provided by interns in their third year of training at NESA. Since interns are still learning, they will review and discuss all aspects of your diagnosis and treatment with an experienced clinical faculty member. Additional information about the school is available at http://www.nesa.edu.
Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points of the body using hair-thin metallic needles. Acupuncture has been practiced in China and other parts of Asia for thousands of years. Acupuncture may be effective for a variety of conditions including low back pain, headaches, osteoarthritis, and nausea associated with chemotherapy. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people feel energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed.
Appointments are available Thursdays from 9:00am - 2:00pm. Each appointment lasts approximately 75 minutes and costs just $20. During the initial visit, your intern will ask you a series of questions to gain information about your current state of health, and any problems you may be experiencing. A variety of styles of acupuncture may be used in your treatment. Traditional Chinese Medicine works cumulatively on the body, therefore it is important to complete the full course of treatment as determined by your provider. Please be sure to ask your intern how long and often you should expect to come in for treatment.
To facilitate scheduling, and to ensure you can see the same intern each time, the Front Desk staff will try to schedule your appointment for the same day and time each week for the course of your prescribed treatment. Patients are able to work with the same intern for a full semester (12-15 weeks). Patients must switch to a new intern at the beginning of the following semester. Please avoid wearing scented perfumes, aftershave, lotions or body oils to your acupuncture appointment.
Payment and Insurance Information
Patients are expected to pay for the cost of the session ($20) at the time of service. Cash, personal checks, and most major credit cards are accepted. Some insurance plans cover acupuncture, so check with your insurance carrier to determine your eligibility. It is the responsibility of the patient to coordinate reimbursement; we can not bill the insurance company directly.