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Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes in the hands of a Licensed Acupuncturist, acupuncture is very safe. It is an effective pain-free treatment used primarily for chronic pain.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
No, treatments are not painful. Acupuncture is performed with sterile hair-thin needles. Patients become so relaxed, many just fall asleep.
What should I expect in my first treatment?
Plan to spent 60-90mins, we will complete a health history and an evaluation of your condition. There is time for both Q&A and a treatment.
How do I prepare for my treatment?
Eat a light meal or snack before treatment. Wear loose comfortable clothing. Turn off cell phone during treatment to allow maximum relaxation. After treatments, do not plan to go to the gym or do any vigorous activity.
Are there any side effects?
Acupuncture is ancient natural medicine that is very safe. Other than an occasional bruise, all side effects are Positive: improved mood, stronger immunity, better sleep.
How many sessions will I need?
The longer you have had the condition, the longer the course of treatment.
For Chronic conditions I recommend 6-8 treatments and re-evaluate.
What conditions will Acupuncture treat?
In addition to acute and chronic pain throughout the body, Acupuncture is effective in Respiratory, Gastrointestinal disorders, Emotional imbalances, Infertility and Hormonal imbalances like Menopausal conditions.
What type of Credentials should I look for?

Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese Medicine and requires 4-5 years Master's degree program (MSTCM). In Idaho look for your provider to be certified by NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)
What type of Acupuncture do you do?
I am certified in a variety of techniques and styles to best address your condition.
I am experienced in Auricular and Battlefield Acupuncture, Local and Distal Needling
(Dr Tan and Master Tung Style), MA48 (which specializes in Eye Health), and Electro-Acupuncture.   In addition, I incorporate cupping, gua sha, and tuina when appropriate.
Do you accept Insurance?
Currently I am only In Network with TriWest as a Choice Provider for Veterans.
If your health plan covers Out of Network Acupuncture, I am happy to provide a Superbill for you to submit for reimbursement.
How much does it cost?
Treatments are $125-90 min initial consult/treatment and $85 per followup visit.













Cynthia Cates, L.Ac. offers acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Boise, ID

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