I can also bill No Fault for the cost of treatments for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Workers Comp will often cover the cost of acupuncture treatments although you may need a referral from an MD.
Also know that acupuncture is a covered service under flexible spending accounts (FSAs).
Chinese medicine generally includes five major branches: acupuncture, herbal medicine, tui na (Chinese acupressure), qi gong (energy cultivation) and dietary therapy. Any or all of these modalities might be utilized in treatment.
The biggest difference between Chinese and Western herbs is that Chinese herbs are generally given as a formula made up of several different herbs. These different herbs work together to achieve a desired affect and are also designed to reduce or eliminate side effects.
I only use products from companies that are GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified, so you can be assured that they are safe and of the highest quality. Most herbs and herbal products are presently imported from China or Taiwan although it is becoming increasingly common to grow herbs domestically and manufacture products here in the United States. Most of my raw herbs come from Spring Wind in Berkeley and I also commonly use capsulized extracts from Classical Pearls in Oregon – these two companies have some of the highest quality and most stringently tested Chinese herbs in the business. I am also on the board of our own High Falls Gardens in Philmont, dedicated to creating an ecologically cultivated domestic supply of Chinese herbs. I use domestically grown herbs where possible.