Commonly Asked Questions
» What is Community Acupuncture?
Community Acupuncture is the practice of offering acupuncture in a setting where multiple patients receive treatments at the same time. Community Acupuncture clinics depend directly on the support of the people who receive acupuncture in them, rather than on grants, donations, or other funding. Within a context of accessibility, Community Acupuncture provides consistent hours, makes frequent treatments readily available, offers affordable services, and lowers all the barriers to treatment that we possibly can, for as many people as we possibly can, while continuing to be financially self-sustaining.
In the United States, many acupuncturists treat clients on tables in individual rooms and charge $75 to $150 per treatment. In many cases, patients are limited to a small number of treatments because of the expense. By contrast, Community Acupuncturists treat clients in a more traditional approach whereby people are treated while seated in recliners gathered in a shared space, at fees that are affordable. In this model patients can receive treatment as often as necessary to fulfill a treatment plan without the financial burden.
One Earth Acupuncture is part of a larger movement whose goal it is to healthfully shape our world by positively transforming the American health care system. Community Acupuncture is a social business designed to create social benefit rather than profits. The business does not necessarily make any profit above what it needs to operate including steady, living wages for the Acupuncturist and staff.
The business goal is to simply exist by providing affordable Acupuncture. You can learn more about the community acupuncture movement on the POCA website.
» Will One Earth Acupuncture accept my health insurance?
One Earth Acupuncture does not handle insurance billing due to the affordable fee schedule combined with the absence of office-insurance staff. At each visit you will be provided a Payment Receipt – if you have insurance that covers acupuncture, you may submit this receipt on your own.
» Is Acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is very safe. One of the great advantages of acupuncture is that there are minimal risks of side effects. Needles generally cause no bleeding on entry or removal. Single-use, sterile and disposable needles are used at One Earth Acupuncture, thus reducing the risk of infection. To further reduce any risks, maintain clean hygiene and refrain from using topical lotions prior to an acupuncture session. There is minimal risk of organ or blood vessel penetration when acupuncture is administered by a fully trained, licensed professional.
» What kind of sensation can I expect from being needled?
Needling sensation can be described as tingling, fullness, pressure, or a dull ache. If any discomfort is experienced, it is generally mild with the most perceptible sensation reported as a feeling of heaviness, aching or minor electricity around the needles. All of these sensations typically subside once the needles are removed. Some patients who describe themselves as being ‘sensitive’ during needle insertion, report that the end result of the treatment far outweighs any discomfort during treatment.
» Do I have to believe in Acupuncture for it to work?
No. Acupuncture is used successfully on cats, dogs, horses and other animals. These animal patients do not understand or believe in the process that helps them get better.
Your effort to choose a healthy lifestyle as well as a positive attitude toward wellness will reinforce the effect of the acupuncture treatment received.
Your comfort and well-being is a priority at One Earth Acupuncture. The facility is specially designed to encourage harmony and promote healing.
Please contact the office and request a meeting with the Acupuncturist, Evelynne Toth, to get an idea if the space and relationship connect with you.
»What kind of training and credentials is required to be an Acupuncturist?
Acupuncture is regulated by individual state law. In New Jersey, the Acupuncture Examining Board governs the standards of practice for acupuncture. This Board is supervised by the State Board of Medical Examiners (for complete information see http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/acupuncture/).
To become a licensed Acupuncturist, the Acupuncture Examining Board requires the individual to be at least 21 years of age, be of good moral character, hold a baccalaureate degree, and successfully complete a board approved course of study or a board approved program at a school for acupuncture [a course of study involving 4,050 hours of classroom instruction, supervised clinical experience, and out of classroom or out of clinic study assignments]. Most states recognize the certification and examining process of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) http://www.nccaom.org/. Established in 1982, the NCCAOM serves to establish, assess, and promote recognized standards of competence and safety in acupuncture and Oriental medicine for the protection and benefit of the public.
There are other designations in many states that enable a person to practice acupuncture. These relate to medical doctors, dentists and individuals who practice acupuncture for the treatment of alcoholism, substance dependence or chemical dependency (detox or NADA practitioners).
In N.J., medical doctors, surgeons and dentists are permitted to practice acupuncture after having completed 300 hours of study including 150 hours of clinical experience.
To confirm your practitioner’s credentials – look for a copy of their license, which should be clearly displayed in the practitioner’s office.
Evelynne F. Toth, Lead Acupuncturist for One Earth Acupuncture, is state licensed and NCCAOM certified.