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What to Expect During Your Appointment

When you arrive at the Acupuncture and Herbal Medical Center our receptionist will greet you. You may relax in the waiting room, listen to peaceful music, and enjoy a cup of tea until it is time for your appointment.

You will be shown to a treatment room, typical of what you would see in any doctor's office. Depending on what part of your body is affected, you may be asked to change into a medical gown and a brief intake history will be taken. Doctor Doss will be in to see you, discuss your current health challenges, and provide treatment.

If this is your first visit, there will be intake forms which need to be completed before your appointment. When you call to schedule your first visit, we may send the forms to you in the mail or we will ask you to come 10-15 minutes early to fill them out. 

An appointment generally takes about an hour, while initial appointments or special treatments may take longer. 

During or after your visit, we will give you an idea of how many treatments you will need and how often, based upon your particular condition.  Insurance coverage for acupuncture treatments varies— we are currently applying to be a preferred provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  In the meantime, Dr. Doss provides insurance super-bills which you can send into your insurance company for reimbursement, while our staff may be able to bill some forms of insurance for you.  If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask for our receptionist when you call to schedule your appointment.

Acupuncture Close Up

Chinese Herbal Remedies

Natural herbal remedies can be used to supplement acupuncture. There are hundreds of remedies containing specialized herbal combinations. 

Electrical Stimulation

When small electrodes are attached to acupuncture needles and a light current applied, it is known as Electrical Stimulation. It is used to stimulate healing. 


Cupping is a technique in which glass cups are placed on the skin and suction is applied. The glass cups stay on the skin during your treatment and assist in reducing inflammation and pain, and to increase blood flow. 


Moxibustion is heat therapy applied to an acupuncture needle to create penetrating heat. To create this warming treatment a Moxa Stick, a specialized compressed tube of herbs, is lit to create smokeless heat. It is used to reduce pain and promote healing.

Japanese garden designed by Dr. Doss

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