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What is Qi and how does it travel?

  • Qi (pronounced "chee"), or Life Energy, flows throughout the body. Qi helps to animate the body and protect it from illness, pain and disease. A person's health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of their Qi.
  • Qi circulates through 12 main meridian pathways throughout the body. Each is connected to specific organs and glands. Meridian pathways are like rivers.
  • When Qi flows freely throughout the body, one enjoys good physical, mental and emotional well-being.
  • An obstruction of Qi results in backing up the flow in one area and restricting it in others. This blockage can hinder the distribution of the nourishment that the body requires to function optimally.

There are a myriad of ways to define health and wellness. Eating right, getting the appropriate type of physical exercise, and coping with the daily stresses of life is not always the easiest thing to do. At Bodhi & Sage, we believe that empowering you with the tools by using a holistic approach will enable you to achieve your goals. Visit us at Bodhi & Sage to harmonize your health and elevate your lie

What is Acupuncture?

  • An effective, complete, and holistic medical system.
  • A noninvasive medical system used to help millions of people get well and stay healthy.
  • An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body to activates the body's Qi and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity, physical, and emotional health.
  • A safe, essentially painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
  • 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.

Does Insurance Cover Services?  

  • Most insurance plans cover physical therapy.
  • Medicare does not cover acupuncture.
  • Check what your deductible is and what percent is covered and what your copay is.
  • We currently accept  Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO & Blue Choice, Cigna, Healthlink, HFN, Medicare, Tricare, and United Health Care (we are in the process of partnering with additional insurance carriers)
  • As a courtesy, we could determine we could investigate to see if you are covered for acupuncture. We would need your Member ID number and date of birth. You would simply fax us a copy of your Health Insurance Card, Driver's License or State ID, and a return contact phone number or e-mail.

What to expect? 

  • Visits may last from 45 to 90 minutes.
  • Initial exam consists of a full health history regarding symptoms, health, lifestyle along with a physical exam.
  • A comprehensive program will be created for you based on a complete, accurate, and comprehensive analysis of your particular issues.
  • After the interview process, you may receive a treatment.

How should I prepare?

  • Come with any questions you have, we're here to help you.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access.
  • 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.
  • Between visits, take notes of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of problems

How many treatments will I need?

  • Number of treatments will vary from person to person.
  • Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones.
  • Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes.
  • Treatment frequency depends on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem. The clinician may suggest one or two treatments per week, monthly visits for health maintenance or seasonal "tune ups."