IMS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ACUPUNCTURE

1. What should I expect during an acupuncture treatment?
2. How should I prepare for an acupuncture treatment?
3. Do the acupuncture needles hurt?
4. How deep do they go?
5. How safe is acupuncture?
6. Is acupuncture safe for children?
7. Do you accept insurance?

1. What should I expect during an acupuncture treatment?
Where the acupuncture needle has been inserted, you may experience a vague numbness, heaviness, tingling or dull ache. Sometimes people experience a sensation of energy spreading and moving around the needle. This is called the “I sensation”. All these reactions are good and a sign that the treatment is working. After treatment, you may feel energized or may experience a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.

2. How should I prepare for an acupuncture treatment?
– Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points.
– Don’t eat large meals just before or after your visit.
– Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs or alcohol for up to 6 hours after the visit.
– Avoid stressful situations. Make time to relax, and be sure to get plenty of rest.

3. Do the acupuncture needles hurt?
The sensation caused by an acupuncture needle varies. Some people feel a little pain as the needles are inserted, but most people feel no pain at all. The needles are tiny, just a little larger than a cat’s whisker or a human hair.

4. How deep do they go?
The depth of the insertion varies. For example, your acupuncturist will use a needling technique that is different in fleshier areas, such as your buttocks. Typically, needles are inserted at depths ranging from 1/8″ to 1-1/2″.

5. How safe is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects except feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once and then discarded.

6. Is acupuncture safe for children?
Yes! In some instances children actually respond more quickly than adults. If your child has an aversion to needles, your acupuncturist may massage the acupuncture points. This is called acupressure.

7. Do you accept insurance?
Yes. Many insurance policies do cover acupuncture care but this office makes no representation that yours does. Insurance policies may vary greatly in terms of deductible and percentage of coverage for acupuncture care. Because of the variance from one insurance policy to another, we require that you, the patient, be personally responsible for the payment of your deductibles, as well as any unpaid balances in this office. We will do our best to verify your insurance coverage, and we will bill your insurance in a timely manner. Please be aware that if we bill your insurance company they have access to all the records in your file at this office. There is no confidentiality in your relationship with your insurance company.

Please CLICK HERE to see a current list of Insurance Companies that commonly carry acupuncture benefits for its members. Please call 914.337.2980 or email info@intmedsolutions.com to verify your specific benefits. If you are emailing, please include your full name, date of birth and insurance identification card number.

NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

1. Does Naturopathic Medicine Work Effectively?
2. Is Naturopathic Medicine safe?
3. Who can use Naturopathic treatments safely?
4. Are Naturopathic Doctors licensed doctors?
5. Are you a medical doctor?
6. Do you prescribe medications?
7. How is Naturopathic Medicine different from Conventional Medicine?
8. In what ways are Naturopathic and Conventional Physicians alike?
9. Are there conditions that Conventional Medicine cannot help but Naturopathic Medicine can?
10. Is Naturopathic Medicine taught in conventional medical schools?
11. Has Conventional Medicine adopted methods from the naturopathic body of knowledge?
12. How can Naturopathic Medicine be blended with Conventional Medicine?
13. Are Naturopathic Physicians opposed to drugs and major surgery?
14. Is Naturopathic Medicine cost effective?
15. Do you take insurance?
16. Do I have to see you in person for an appointment?

1. Does Naturopathic Medicine Work Effectively?
Naturopathic Medicine has its on unique body of knowledge, evolved and refined through experience for centuries. It also incorporates scientific advances from medical disciplines throughout the world. Many of the individual therapies used in naturopathic medical practice have been scientifically validated, especially in the areas of clinical nutrition, botanical medicine homeopathy, acupuncture and manipulation. The trend is that those naturopathic methods which are tested in well-designed studies are validated. Research is presently being conducted on the effectiveness of the whole system of naturopathic medicine when it is applied to patients with certain conditions.

2. Is Naturopathic Medicine safe?
Yes. The safety record in states with regulatory boards is excellent. Naturopathic doctors can purchase malpractice insurance at extremely low rates. As indicated by such rates, the chance of being injured through malpractice is low. Naturopathic physicians are experts in the safe use of natural therapies.

3. Who can use Naturopathic treatments safely?
Pregnant women, newborns, and all phases of life up to geriatric care. Terminally ill persons too can benefit safely from naturopathic medicine.

4. Are Naturopathic Doctors licensed doctors?
Yes, but only in a few States and NOT as medical doctors. The “medicine” that Naturopathic doctors use include all natural remedies such as nutrition, stress reduction techniques, homeopathic treatments, healing herbs, vitamins and lifestyle recommendations.

In Connecticut Dr. Lisanti is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor. He is licensed to diagnose and treat, perform physical exams and order labs and imaging. He may discuss substances that have not been subject to double blind clinical studies or FDA approval or regulation. You assume the responsibility for the decision to take any natural remedy. If you feel you are having any adverse reaction, stop taking all supplements immediately. If you are pregnant or nursing, confirm the safety of any supplements with your obstetrician or pediatrician. Recognize that, as an effect of the suggestions provided by Fred Lisanti, ND, LAc the signs and symptoms of your medical condition(s) may diminish or disappear.

New York State does not license Naturopathic Doctors to practice medicine at this time. The practice of the profession of medicine is defined as diagnosing, treating, operating or prescribing for any human disease, pain, injury, deformity or physical condition. Fred Lisanti, ND, LAc is not an MD and does not practice medicine in the state of New York. Furthermore, his services are not meant to replace or be a substitute for those of a licensed medical practitioner. If you seek the care of Dr. Fred Lisanti in New York, he advises that you seek the concurrent care of a health care provider licensed in New York State.
 
In New York State, Dr. Lisanti functions as a health consultant and focuses his practice on the enhancement of health. He uses his education and experience to give you suggestions. You agree to the physical contact necessary for assessment of your case and you make decisions that are right for you about whether to use his suggestions.

5. Are you a medical doctor?
No, I am not an MD.  I am a naturopathic doctor licensed in Connecticut. In New York, I will work with you closely as a licensed acupuncturist and health consultant using preventive and natural medicine to help address the roots of your situation. I can confer with your primary care doctor and local team of healthcare professionals if required.

6. Do you prescribe medications?
No, ND’s are not licensed to prescribe pharmaceutical medications in CT or NY. My focus is on using natural, noninvasive methods for healing your health challenges.

7. How is Naturopathic Medicine different from Conventional Medicine?
The main difference is in the philosophical approach. Naturopathic doctors treat patients by restoring overall health rather than suppressing a few key symptoms. Naturopathic doctors are more concerned with finding the underlying cause of a condition and applying treatments that work in alliance with the natural healing mechanisms of the body rather than against them. Naturopathic treatments result less frequently in adverse side effects, or in the chronic conditions that inevitably arise when the cause of disease is left untreated. Naturopathic doctors typically spend more time with patients, taking a more comprehensive approach to the doctor-patient relationship. Sharing information and answering questions is considered an essential aspect of naturopathic health care.

8. In what ways are Naturopathic and Conventional Physicians alike?
The academic training in medical sciences of naturopathic and conventional physicians is similar. Both study modern physical, clinical and laboratory diagnosis. Both can diagnosis a disease and predict its course. Naturopathic doctors may also perform minor surgery, and prescribe some drugs. Both naturopathic and conventional physicians refer patients to other health care practitioners when appropriate.

9. Are there conditions that Conventional Medicine cannot help but Naturopathic Medicine can?
Yes. Naturopathic Medicine outshines conventional medicine in conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, recurrent ear infections, and acute viral infections such as the flu and the common cold.

10. Is Naturopathic Medicine taught in conventional medical schools?
No. Conventional medical schools may offer introductory courses on the modalities of Naturopathic Medicine, such as clinical nutrient botanical medicine and homeopathy. But Naturopathic Medicine is not part of core curriculum of any conventional medical school in North America.

11. Has Conventional Medicine adopted methods from the naturopathic body of knowledge?
Yes. The dangers of harmful fats, excess carbohydrates and inadequate fiber are now accepted in conventional medicine. The benefits of whole foods, medicinal plants, exercise, and the influence of mental and emotional attitudes on health are all part of the naturopathic body of knowledge.

12. How can Naturopathic Medicine be blended with Conventional Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine shares a foundation of diagnostic methods with Conventional Medicine. Although treatment approaches may differ, they are not mutually exclusive. Many patients are under the care of both a naturopathic and conventional physician, utilizing the strengths and minimizing the limitations of each approach. In an ideal world, patients would always be able to access the best of both systems. Naturopathic Medicine has effective treatment for many problems that conventional fails to heal, such as asthma, arthritis, migraine headaches, diabetes, and hypertension. Recently, conventional medicine has incorporated some naturopathic wisdom in the areas of nutrition, diet, exercise therapy, and mind-body correlations.

13. Are Naturopathic Doctors opposed to drugs and major surgery?
No. Naturopathic doctors are not opposed to invasive or suppressive measures when these methods are necessary. They make referrals for such treatment when appropriate. Naturopathic medicine has both safer and less expensive alternatives to many kinds of non-emergency surgery.

14. Is Naturopathic Medicine cost effective?
Yes. Because naturopathic doctors have alternatives to some expensive high-tech procedures, and because their preventative approach reduces the incidence of high-cost chronic conditions, naturopathic practice reduces both immediate and long-term health care costs.

15. Do you take insurance?
All naturopathic medicine appointments are Out-of Pocket expenses payable by cash, check or credit card. IMS is not a network provider with any insurance plans for naturopathic medicine. You may be able to receive reimbursement directly from your insurance company for your visit. Please check with your insurance company in order to determine if your plan includes out-of-network benefits. If so you can submit a statement from your consultation and the insurance company may reimburse you directly.

16. Do I have to see you in person for an appointment?
Appointments are available in Eastchester, NY; Greenwich, CT; and by phone. Many of my clients choose to meet me in-person for their first appointment and then choose to proceed via telephone appointments for the remainder of their care.