Yes. Medications play an important role in helping people but are too often prescribed unnecessarily. Many patients who come to the clinic are already taking multiple medications but are feeling negative sides effects. Through our collaboration they are gradually able to discontinue them. Our goal is to meet every patient where they are and allow them to grow and heal the way they choose. Medications are prescribed when necessary but we also offer a variety of treatment modalities to help the healing process.
It all depends on your needs, the acuity of your issue and how fast you want to go. Some patients are seen on a weekly basis, some every second week, some on a monthly basis, and others only several times per year. You are in control, not us. If acupuncture is part of your treatment it is a medicine that builds on itself. The duration of time that the treatment will hold increases with each additional treatment. Because of this acupuncturists find that they need to see you weekly for a series of weeks and then they spread out treatments because the treatments hold for longer.
Dr. Michael Gurevich, MD does not accept insurance. Full payment is expected at the time of the visit. However, we can provide you with an invoice with the proper CPT codes and diagnosis codes so that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Not all procedures are covered by insurance.
Treatment, the way we understand it most of the time, implies addressing a particular symptom or complaint that brings a patient to the doctor’s office. This means the treating doctor looks for ways to eliminate the symptom. If somebody has depression there are ANTI-depressant medications; for anxiety there are ANTI-anxiety medications; for infections, we would use ANTI-biotic medications, and so on. This ANTI mentality has a militaristic approach that originated in the Latin language. On the other hand, a more holistic approach looks at a symptom as a sign that something is wrong or something is out of balance. The goal, therefore, is to help the body and mind achieve balance again. For example, somebody with back pain may have stress, trauma or a conflict in their life that needs to be resolved and addressed. Together, we will look for the best way to do so. We will work on teaching you how to relax. Immediate pain can be effectively addressed with bee venom injections or acupuncture. Of course, if somebody is on medications and desires to get off, we can work on carefully helping them in this pursuit. That is where the holistic approach is very helpful.
Some people are just looking to substitute the pills they are taking with a particular supplement or herb. But a holistic approach, in our opinion, means finding a way to heal the issues and imbalances inside you that are causing you to take the pills in the first place. The process of healing involves addressing you as a person and helping you to heal yourself in each of the five levels of healing; helping you to elevate your level of consciousness. The holistic approach means having you, the client, in charge with us as your coach, helping you achieve the best you can.