Audubon Acupuncture & Herbs                中醫診所
Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most asked and answered questions, but feel free to contact our clinic if you have any specific concerns.

Q: How skillful is an OMD doctor when he/ she can perform all kind of TCM procedures? Wouldn't someone specialized as an acupuncturist, chiropractor, massage therapist, or herbalist be more competent in each of these areas?

A:     Generally, the Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (OMD) training and competency verification is in sharp contrast to the acupuncture and Oriental Medicine training of other healthcare professionals such as chiropractors or registered nurses or even medical doctors who typically receive 100-300 hours of abbreviated training. The OMD must complete 3-4 academic years of education at the master's degree level in an Oriental Medicine Program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).

Trainings of Oriental Medicine include the practice of acupuncture, Chinese herbology and Asian bodywork therapy. An OMD is a practitioner who is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). The certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbology as defined by the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) profession.


Q:  What kind of treatments should I expect when I come to Audubon Acupuncture & Herbs?

A:   You will join thousands of people who have experienced the bliss Dr. Zhang able to provide with TCM therapies. You will get your first-time 15-30 minute initial consultation to find the root cause of your distressed condition, treated with one or more TCM treatment methods as described on our treatment method page or other techniques applicable to you individually for most to all of your problems, and then herbal medicine to support your healing process if necessary.

You get to feel good right away from a one-stop visit to one clinic. We diagnose, treat, and provide medications all within your 30 min - 1 hour visit. 

* Conditions of individuals are unique. Number of treatment sessions appropriate for each patient is subject to their individual circumstances.

Q: I am accustomed to the conventional medical system but have never heard of Oriental Medicine or Traditional Chinese Medicine. What is it and how effective is it?

A: Many of us grow up with the medical system that is conventional to the culture and environment we are in. Here in the US, most people have either been seeing western medicine practitioners themselves or have friends and families who have. However, alternative and holistic approaches to health have become more and more popular in recent decades.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been practiced for more than 3,000 years and it was introduced to and influenced the traditional medicine practice in Japan, Korea, and other East Asian countries and as a whole it is called Oriental Medicine.

TCM was the main medical system used to treat all types of diseases before western culture was introduced to East Asia in the 19th Century. It is still the predominant medical treatment for a large part of the population in China and treats approximately 200 million patients annually in China.

TCM is now practiced in over 160 countries, and there are over 14,000 certified practitioners in the US.

Q:    Is acupuncture safe? I'm not sure if I like the idea of having someone putting needles on my body.

 Acupuncture is safe when performed by an experienced and knowledgeable acupuncturist / OMD. Typically, there is a slight pinch felt at the time of insertion and it does not feel hurt as much as needles used for shots or IV's. There are more medical malpractices and adverse drug side effects reported than problems associated with acupuncture treatments.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners, requiring that needles be manufactured and labeled according to certain standards. For example, the FDA requires that the needles be sterile, nontoxic, and labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published findings that acupuncture is more effective compare to drug treatments in many controlled cases. 

Q: Do I need a medical referral to get treatments from Audubon Acupuncture?

Although many of our patients come from word-of-mouth referrals from their doctors, friends and families, we take new patients on a daily basis and no formal medical referral is required. However, if you are currently seeing other health care providers, do not discontinue their appointments or any prescription medicines without approval of a qualified doctor.

Q:  I have seen many doctors and specialists but my condition is getting worse. How can TCM therapies help me?

 We do not "control" symptoms, we identify the imbalance and look for the root cause of the problems and use TCM methods to stimulate and support body's natural ability to heal. TCM therapies can be used to compliment conventional medical treatments by alleviating side effects from chemotherapy and drugs, manage pain, and speed up recovery process. TCM therapy also helps to restore the balance of vital energy so the symptoms may diminish over time.

Q: Western Medicine has specialized categories for infants, children, adults, seniors, genders, and various types of diseases. What category do you treat at Audubon Acupuncture & Herbs?

 We treat them all. TCM theory places little emphasis on anatomical structures, but is mainly concerned with functional entities that regulate digestion, breathing, aging etc. While health is perceived as harmonious interaction of these entities and the outside world, disease is treated as harmony is established between these entities. 

Q: How do I make the herbal decoction?

A:  Step 1: Soak 1 bag of herbs in a (non-iron) pot with cold water for 30 minutes. The water level should be 1 in higher than the herbs after soaking and pressing down.

Step 2: Boil the herbs with high heat, then change to medium heat. Total should be 15 - 30 minutes, then pour the liquid into an empty bowl or cup.

Step 3: Add cold water to the pot until it is 2 in higher than the herbs.
Repeat Step 2. 

Drink 1 cup at a time, 2 or 3 times daily. Before or after meal.

Q:  Why do I have to pay out of pocket for my treatments? Do you accept insurance?

Currently, Audubon Acupuncture & Herbs is not a "network provider" of any insurance company. However, every insurance policy is different and some might cover treatments such as acupuncture and / or massage. We'll be glad to provide you service receipts that your insurance provider requires.

Our service fees are affordable and most of the time less than what patients may pay as co-pays to certain lab work, surgery, and hospital admittance. An one-time medical treatment fee is approximately the same as a personal beauty & spa treatment, or a family steak dinner. But your health is priceless.

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2222 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70119

(Cross Jefferson Davis.)

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Mon-Fri: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sat: 9:00AM - 3:00 PM
(Call for special hours during major holidays)

Appointments are strongly recommended in order for us to give each patient quality time for accurate diagnosis and address any concerns they may have. 

Walk-In's welcome.

Spoken Language:
Chinese 中文服務

Free parking in rear and
along Magazine Street.