Michael Moy Acupuncture Health Center

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

If you are new to acupuncture and Chinese medicine, you likely have many questions. Many common questions about acupuncture, Chinese medicine and the Acupuncture Health Center of Willowbrook are addressed in the FAQs below. If you have a question that is not addressed here, or simply would like additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • What is acupuncture?

    Acupuncture is a complex branch of ancient Chinese medicine used for thousands of years for the prevention and treatment of medical problems. It involves the insertion of very small needles into certain points (acupoints) in the body in order to restore the normal balance and flow of Chi or Qi (pronounced “Chee”). When balance is restored to Chi, the body’s organs and systems can work together property in order to help the body repair itself and maintain its own health.
  • What is Chinese medicine?

    Chinese medicine is a complete medical science developed over thousands of years. It is a practice that views the human body as a well integrated system rather than a collection of individual parts. Chinese medicine focuses on restoring and maintaining balance in the human body as a whole, and it has its own diagnostic techniques and treatment methods, including acupuncture.
  • What makes acupuncture a good treatment option?

    Acupuncture has virtually no side effects. In treating many common health conditions, acupuncture can be effective enough to reduce or even eliminate the need for drugs to control pain or alleviate symptoms. Acupuncture has proven to result in faster recovery from injuries, decreased symptoms of stress and improved circulation. It also helps to strengthen the immune system, making the body better able to fight off colds and other minor infections.
  • Is acupuncture painful?

    Every patient experiences acupuncture differently, but the technique is rarely described by anyone as painful. Unlike needles used for injections or for drawing blood, acupuncture needles are flexible and come to a finely tapered point, as opposed to a stiff, beveled cutting-edge point. Acupuncture needles are extremely thin – no bigger around than a human hair or a piece of thread. Lastly, because acupuncture needles are solid, not hollow, they do not remove tissue as would occur with a hypodermic needle. This makes acupuncture needles safer and virtually painless.
  • Is acupuncture safe?

    Acupuncture has few, if any, side effects. In fact, the most common side effects from acupuncture are a feeling of deep relaxation and an increased sense of well-being. As with any puncture, a slight discoloration at the acupuncture site may occasionally occur. This is temporary and is not dangerous. Plus, the fact that modern acupuncture needles are disposable and used only once eliminates the risk of transmitting infections from one person to another.

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Generally speaking, acupuncture treatment is safe if it is performed properly by a well-trained practitioner. Unlike many drugs, it is non-toxic, and adverse reactions are minimal. This is probably one of the chief reasons why acupuncture is so popular in the treatment of chronic pain in many countries. As mentioned previously, acupuncture is comparable with morphine preparations in its effectiveness against chronic pain, but without the adverse effects of morphine, such as dependency.”

  • What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?

    Acupuncture has been used to treat countless health conditions over thousands of years. The National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recognize acupuncture to be effective in treating hundreds of health conditions. At the Acupuncture Health Center in Willowbrook we specialize in the treatment of a wide variety of illnesses and conditions.

  • Why should I choose Acupuncture Health Center?

    Michael Moy is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) and Traditional Chinese Medical Doctor (T.C.M.D.) and is certified through the State of Illinois, the Asian American Acupuncture Association and the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

    Michael doesn’t just practice acupuncture and Chinese medicine – he lives them. A native of China, Michael has been immersed in these ancient techniques his entire life and has been practicing in the United States for over 17 years. Michael graduated from the University of Chinese Medicine in Guangzhou, China and regularly returns to his homeland to study.

    Other healthcare providers such as chiropractors and physicians sometimes also practice acupuncture, but they often receive much less training than Licensed Acupuncturists such as Michael. In fact, in the state of Illinois, medical doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors and even dentists can practice acupuncture without any specific training at all. While these providers generally receive only a few hundred hours of training, if any, Licensed Acupuncturists generally receive from 2,500 to 4,000 hours of training in Chinese medical theory, acupuncture and medical science.

    Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are sciences that take many years to master. Michael Moy has extensive experience in the successful treatment of hundreds of medical conditions. Call us today to see how we can help you.

  • What should I expect on my first visit?

    During your first visit, we will take a comprehensive medical history and detailed evaluation of your condition. In order to achieve our goal of treating each patient on a physical, emotional and spiritual level, we will discuss many aspects of your life – not just the condition that has led you to seek treatment. We will conduct a physical examination which may include taking your pulse, examining your tongue and checking for areas of tenderness. This first visit is longer than subsequent visits, usually lasting 60 minutes to 75 minutes, including the consultation and the first treatment. Subsequent visits usually last 45 to 60 minutes.
  • How long do treatments take?

    The initial visit, which begins with an extensive consultation that includes taking a full medical history, lifestyle discussion and physical examination, usually lasts 90 minutes to 2 hours. This includes the consultation and the first treatment. Subsequent visits usually last 45 to 60 minutes.
  • How often and how long will I need treatment?

    The ideal course of treatment for your individual needs will be determined after the first visit, and reassessed after each session.

    Treatments usually begin on a weekly basis. Two or even three treatments per week may be necessary for certain conditions in the beginning. Once the condition is controlled and symptoms have sufficiently diminished, the treatments are done less frequently.

    The number of treatments required will depend on the duration, severity and nature of the condition. Often, conditions that have been unresolved for a long period of time will require more treatments to resolve than newer conditions.

  • Are any non-needle treatment options available?

    Yes, there are effective means of bringing about the desired physiological response without the use of needles. At the Acupuncture Health Center, we specialize not only in acupuncture, but also in the following non-needle therapies and services in order to help our patients achieve wellness:

    Chinese herbal medicine
    Nutritional counseling
    Tui Na (massage therapy)

  • Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

    Many insurance companies now offer policies that cover acupuncture and related services performed by a licensed acupuncturist. Contact your insurance company to find out if your policy includes coverage for acupuncture treatment.

    While the Acupuncture Health Center does not bill insurance companies directly, patients receive an itemized receipt for all services that includes the proper medical coding to faciliate processing the paperwork with insurance companies for reimbursement.

  • How much does acupuncture cost?

    Treatments start at $65. Please call (630) 455-1528 for specific pricing.
  • What are the hours of operation?

    We are open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.

    Please call us at (630) 455-1528 to schedule an appointment. Last-minute and emergency appointments are welcome.

  • Where is the office located?

    The Acupuncture Health Center is located in Willowbrook, directly south of the Hinsdale Nursery. We are conveniently located within a few minutes’ drive from Burr Ridge, Hinsdale, Darien, Downers Grove and Western Springs.

    Acupuncture Health Center
    7320 S. Madison Street, Suite 900
    Willowbrook, IL 60527