Do you accept insurance?
No, we do not accept insurance. Because we have a sliding scale we are not allowed to bill insurance, nor is it financially feasible to do so at our rates.
What if I am afraid of needles?
Acupuncture needles are much thinner than the hypodermic needles at your doctor’s office. The needles are made from stainless steel that is so fine most people do not feel any discomfort with insertion. Most people find that their initial anxiety fades and they are able to relax once the needles are inserted. If you are afraid of needles, please let your acupuncturist know and we will do everything we can to make you comfortable.
Is the Acupuncturist Licensed?
Yes, the state of Oregon Board of Medicine licenses all acupuncturists in our state. To read more about Erica Leaton's education and credentials, please visit our About Page.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is my appointment?
Treatment time varies from patient to patient, while an average appointment is thirty to forty-five minutes. For your first appointment you can expect to be at the clinic for about an hour.
Often patients fall asleep in the chairs, or feel a sense of restfulness. If you need to be done by a certain time, please let us know at the beginning of the treatment. If you are ready for the needles to be removed, just open your eyes and give your acupuncturist a meaningful look or nod and we will come check on you. Otherwise, we will let you know when the treatment is over.
How many treatments will I need?
Your acupuncturist will consult with you about the number of treatments necessary for your condition, which will depend on the individual, the condition being treated, and the severity of that condition. Although you may experience some effects immediately, such as relaxation and temporary pain relief, it may take 3-5 treatments to see initial benefits. Substantial improvement can require 10 or more treatments. This is why it is so important to us to provide affordable acupuncture, so that you can get better. Once progress has been made, the number and frequency of treatments can be reduced.
Is my privacy protected in the community setting?
We do everything we can at CCCA to protect your privacy. There are several ways of helping to ensure your privacy such as soft music playing, white noise machines, and speaking in whispers. Most often others around you in the treatment room are resting with their eyes closed.
How does acupuncture work and what can it treat?
Acupuncture use your body's own resources for healing, and therefore can treat most conditions. How well you respond to the acupuncture varies on an individual basis. The exact way that acupuncture works is still partly unknown. In Chinese Medicine, we say that stimulation of the acupuncture points unblocks and regulates Qi (the vital life force). Acupuncture likely works by stimulating the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release chemicals called neurotransmitters and hormones. These chemicals dull pain, boost the immune system and regulate various body functions.
For more information on what conditions acupuncture can treat, please see our Services Page.