A Abundant Health Holistic Center

FAQ's
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Becoming A New Patient 

The Consultation      
     
What Should I expect on my first visit?

     What is the Evaluation all about?
     What do I bring with me to my first visit?     
     How do I prepare for my appointment?


Treatments/Results     
      How Many Treatments Will Be Needed?

      Are follow-up appointments necessary?
      If other treatments have failed can Acupuncture/ Homeopathy help me?
      If I am not ill is there any benefit to getting treatment?
      What Results can I expect?      
      Three Phases of Care: 1. Relief   2. Restoration / Rehabilitation 3. Maintenance-Wellness Care

      Should I continue to see my Western Medical Doctor?
      What should I do if I require emergency care?

Payment / Insurance      
      How is payment of my visit handled?

      Is my visit covered under Health Insurance?
      My insurance does not include acupuncture and traditional medicine. What can I do to get coverage?

Scheduling / Cancellation Policy      
     
Scheduling Tips

      When Should I Call Dr. Solara?
      Cancellation Policy

Physician Educational Comparison / Professional Titles 
 
Welcome to A Abundant Health Holistic Center

Becoming A New Patient

The Consultation

What Should I expect on my first visit?

   Assessment and Treatment Process

• Thorough interview, history, and physical examination.
• Diagnosis made based on interview, examination and assessment.
• Treatment of symptomatic as well as root problem using one or more modalities that best address the problem.

The first visit is where we get to know each other. Many times I can give a treatment the same visit. Much of this depends on how much time you spend filling out the forms in my office rather than at home. I will review everything and then make another appointment for us to go over all of your medical records, my findings and explain a treatment plan.
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What is the Evaluation all about?

As a holistic practitioner of Homeopathy and Oriental Medicine, I will carefully listen to you and your concerns. While important, Dr. Solara does not just rely on lab tests (such as blood work, X-rays, MRI etc.) to understand what is going on and how to treat.

Holistic Physicians are trained as very careful observers—by listening, looking and palpation (touch). We are alert to sounds in voice, changes in complexion, ways of movement and much more.

During the assessment you will be asked a lot of questions that you might not think are related to your chief complaint but they are important to you as an individual. Often, something that you may think is unimportant, may be the most significant information for selecting the accurate homeopathic remedy. You will be asked for complete details of your symptoms. When they began, what makes them better or worse and how your lifestyle is affected?  The more information we have will allow us to help you more.

Before your first appointment spend some time thinking about the areas of your life you desire help with. Be realistic; if there are several conditions or symptoms you would like to address please rank then in order of importance to you.

Pay attention to how they feel and affect your life. What modalities do they express - i.e.: better or worse cold, heat, air, temperatures outside, rain, etc. Be as descriptive and specific as possible. For example, "pain" and "discomfort" are very general words that won't help you find relief with my modalities.

Solara's modalities recognize subtle distinctions in different types of pain. Burning pain is not the same as pain that has a stabbing sensation. Listed below are some words you might use to distinguish your particular pain.
• Sharp • Dull • Achy • Constant • Burning • Contracting/Tight • Heavy • Radiating (from where to where?)
• Intermittent
• Stabbing • Distending • Numb • Pins & needles • No feeling • Wandering • Pounding, etc.

If none of these are appropriate, try coming up with your own words. If you are having difficulty describing your pain in words, try visualizing it or drawing a picture, and then describe what you see.

It is important for me to know specific modalities because in Homeopathy if you have the same symptoms all on the right side it would be a different remedy than those same symptoms on the left side. The remedy is individualized to you.

The clearer you can tell me all about your symptoms and how it affects your life, will directly impact the success rate of how quickly you may restore health.

The evaluation is the process of understanding your habits, emotions and relationships so you can gain the knowledge and insight you need to make the healing lifestyle changes that would most benefit you. Dr. Solara recognizes that even though the dis-ease name is identical your individual reaction to experiencing those symptoms are unique to you.

The information will be analyzed to discover a pattern or recurrent theme to decide which modality is best for you. As treatments proceed, the pattern changes, and a new evaluation is made.

In Oriental Medicine we can get a picture of your health by the quality of your pulse. There are 12 positions and 28 pulse qualities that we palpate for on both wrists. I will be looking at your tongue for color, shape and markings and your face and fingernails for more clues to your overall state of health. Eating or drinking substances that color your tongue and the use of nail polish can hinder my assessment.

We will explain the procedures and answer your questions about the preferred protocols. Most people fall asleep during the treatment and feel very relaxed after a session. Be prepared to honor your body if it is saying I want to rest now. The techniques used are very powerful and your body will be adjusting to the new balance we are creating.

Drink lots of water daily but especially after acupuncture, cupping, Gua Sha, massage and other modalities. Your body will be releasing toxins from the cellular structure, which need to be flushed out. Not drinking the water can result in the toxins becoming trapped in-between the cells where it may become harder to get them out in the future.

Rarely, some people feel like they have been beat up or over exercised their muscles after deep tissue work. This is due to the release of toxins and other chemicals. Flushing with water is essential to avoid this feeling.

If you have congestive heart disease or poor kidney function or some medical problems, drinking lots of water might not apply to you.

It is believed that balance is the key to health. Any imbalance can become the cause of dis-ease and pain.  Solara recognizes the importance of preventive medicine and treating the underlying causes thereby creating a deeper kind of healing.  This promotes profound changes in people’s lives physically and emotionally.
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What do I bring with me to my first visit?

In an effort to better serve you, below is a reminder check list of things to prepare before your first visit:

•    Fill out and sign all of the appropriate down loadable forms before your appointment. The names of all
      pharmaceutical drugs, Homeopathic and herbal remedies and nutritional supplements you may be taking or 
      recently stopped taking.  Forms are located here. If you prefer bring all of your supplements and drugs in a
      bag.

      If applicable please ask your doctors for surgical, lab and X-Ray reports.
•    Bring your new patient forms with you when you come in for your first visit.
•    I also ask my patients to please let me know promptly of any treatment, prescription-based or otherwise, that
     they 
may start while under my care. Some things may not be advisable in all situations and might interfere with
     your 
results. 
•   Payments, in the form of check or cash, are expected at the time services are rendered. If you wish to pay by
    credit or debit please pay in advance online. Tell me you are paying online. Be sure to print out the receipt
    and 
the transaction number and bring it with you.
•  We do not bill any insurance companies, business managers, etc. We can give you a super bill for you to
    submit.

•  Please allow approximately an hour and a half for your first visit and thirty minutes to one hour for subsequent
    visits.
•  Do not hesitate to discuss any questions you might have with us.
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How do I prepare for my appointment?

On the Day of Your Appointment

Because the tongue is routinely examined as part of Chinese diagnosis, please do not brush the tongue or discolor it with hard candy, cough drops, tea or coffee or chew gum within three hours of your appointment.

For best results from your acupuncture treatment, eat moderately within three hours of your treatment. Please do not come on an empty stomach or overly full. Alcohol should be avoided before a treatment.

Feel free to bring a food journal if you would like to focus on diet from a Chinese medical perspective.

What to wear: Loose clothing is best, especially with pants. Shorts are great. I may need access to the knee area or above it. If it is necessary to remove constrictive clothing, sheets are available for modesty coverage.

Do not wear perfume or aftershave as some patients have allergies and I desire to create a safe space for them.
 
Treatments/Results

How Many Treatments Will Be Needed?

The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. It also depends on the imbalance and your response to the treatments. Regular “tune-ups” will keep your immune system strong.

For acute problems, several treatments are needed close together. When on homeopathic care for severe acutes like influenza I expect you to stay in contact with me as the symptoms change different remedies may be needed quickly. In chronic cases the remedy will not change often.

Chronic Conditions: for complex or long-standing conditions lasting over three months, two to three treatments per week to start, and then spread out with fewer treatments for several weeks or months may be required. It took a long time to reach this state of imbalance; it is unrealistic to believe it will be resolved with one or two sessions. Some positive results may be seen very quickly yet the body desires frequent reminders on how to hold the pattern of health when it has been out of balance for months or years.

If you have asthma or allergies it is best to come in the season before they become the most active to help avert the onset of the symptoms. If they are year round then come in any time.

For the best results, once a treatment plan has been established it is important to complete it. Spacing the treatments close together in the beginning will insure that the body adjusts and holds the new pattern of balance we are creating. If your care needs to be interrupted tell me ASAP and we will see what can be done to stay on track while you are away.

For health maintenance, four sessions per year may be all that is necessary. Some people prefer to come in monthly to enjoy the relaxing sessions. The goal is to maintain the pattern of health Solara’s methods helped create. Treatment when your complaint is not active helps the body maintain a level of well-being. Come in for a health tune-up.
 
Three Phases of Care

Relief


The majority of patients consult Dr. Solara Attatharya, because they have an ache or pain. In the first phase of care, the main objective is to eliminate or reduce your discomfort and stabilize your condition in the shortest amount of time possible. During this phase, progress is usually rapid.

The number of visits during this phase of care varies and is dependent upon your specific condition. It's hard to say how long it will be until you see relief— it could be as short as a week or up to a month. If you are not responding to care during this phase, you may be referred to another health-care provider.

Restoration/Rehabilitation


Once your condition has stabilized, you enter the second phase of  care, where the objective is to correct any underlying injury or cause of discomfort, and improve function. The frequency of office visits is reduced as your body holds the balance for longer periods of time. Care may be supplemented by nutrition, exercises, and modification of daily habits.

Chronic conditions have developed over many years and it takes time to correct. Many erroneously feel that once the discomfort has subsided that they are well. However, if you end your care before fully healing, you can invite a relapse. This is a mistake many people make, and it sets them up for recurring health issues.

Wellness is a journey not a destination.


It is a way of life to improve overall well being and lessen the chance of re-creating adverse health issues. It's hard to believe that, after all the time, effort, energy, and money put into correcting a problem, a patient would choose to forget this relatively easy phase of care! As much as we'd love to see you in our office, we'd much rather assist you in maintaining your health rather than relieving your pain.

Preventive Maintenance-Wellness Care

This can also be referred to as the recovery phase.

Your body is most vulnerable following recovery from illness because it has expended much of its energy and internal resources in order to get better. It is therefore important to have a few treatments in order to prevent repeated or new illness. In general, when an illness recurs it is often more difficult to treat.

Patients learn how to maintain balance in their lives and help prevent future health problems, and catch small problems before they become serious. A personal wellness  care program will be designed specifically for you where we teach you how to incorporate good nutrition, breathing, and exercise habits into your everyday life, thereby promoting vitality, endurance, and the ability to enjoy life at its fullest.

We move into the preventive phase with "tune-ups" monthly or at the change of seasons 4 times a year depending
on your individual response and requirements.
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Are follow-up appointments necessary?

The treatments are exponentially effective: each treatment adds to the previous treatment to overcome the persistence of acute and chronic ailments and restore balanced health.

Follow-up care is essential to your overall well-being. Wellness is achieved by means of correcting the overall imbalance, and it usually takes time to hold that correction. This period varies from person to person. While the body remembers what it is like to be healthy there is always the risk of again falling into imbalance and consequently also into dis-ease.

After the acute pain is gone we will move into the rehabilitation phase of treatment. One or more treatments after comfort has been established with help strengthen and protect the body from future trauma.

If other treatments have failed can Acupuncture/ Homeopathy help me?

Many times the answer is Yes! These modalities take the whole person into account -not just biochemical lab tests. Many times symptoms can’t be defined by Western tests but can be classified into a pattern of disharmony that are easily balanced by Oriental Medicine and Homeopathy.

If I am not ill is there any benefit to getting treatment?

Yes! In ancient days in China the physician was paid to keep the people healthy. If the patient became ill the physician was not paid. There was a great bond between them and the people worked diligently to keep their health in the harsh living conditions.

Part of the reason is because their physician counseled them in healthy lifestyle management techniques. We focus on preventive medicine to keep you healthy all year long. This office will be providing fun shops on various topics to help you stay healthy.
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What Results can I expect?

If you truly desire long lasting results from the therapy you must be prepared to be committed to the course of treatment. This means following advice, scheduling follow-up appointments, keeping notes of how you are reacting to the therapy and communicating openly. As in any form of healing, the patient’s attitude, diet, determination and lifestyle will affect the outcome of a course of treatment. The results are more than just placebo effects as animals, babies and plants have all responded favorably to our treatment modalities.

Patients are encouraged to actively participate in their healing process. Most patients with acute (short term) problems improve immediately. And although most patients with chronic (long term) problems start noticing a change in one to four weeks, it’s unrealistic to think that the problems will disappear overnight. It took your body a long time to become chronically ill; it will take patience and commitment for complete healing.

Aggravation

On rare occasions, one's original symptoms may briefly get worse, or "flare-up," after a treatment. We call this an aggravation; it typically occurs later on the day of your treatment and should only last for a few hours. After an aggravation, your symptoms should begin to improve.

In the long run, homeopathy and acupuncture do not make symptoms worse. In cases of chronic pain, your original pain may improve and then you become aware of less obvious pain in the surrounding areas.

After an Acupuncture treatment many people report their sleep has improved, cold hands and feet become warmer, a sense of well being or an improvement in your mood and energy may occur before the symptoms of the physical problem.

This is because healing occurs from the inside out.  Usually the most severe physical symptoms will disappear first and lesser symptoms will be resolved last.

Homeopathy, Acupuncture and Oriental medicine should be seen as complementary to Western medicine.

Many people find health and comfort in a full work-up or an occasional tune-up. Four times a year at the change of seasons we do “tune-ups” to keep the body healthy for the next three months. It is also a time to take care of minor issues before they become a dis-ease.

 
Should I continue to see my Western Medical Doctor?

We always strongly recommend patients to remain under the care of their choice of physicians during Homeopathic and or Oriental Medical treatment. We also always ask them to please continue all the treatments prescribed by their other doctors. These modalities and regular medicine usually complement each other nicely. 

We would like to establish a professional relationship with your other physicians to open lines of communication and bring you the best integrative medical care available.

UNLESS YOU ARE HAVING ADVERSE AFFECTS TO YOUR MEDICATIONS “DO NOT” JUST STOP TAKING THEM BECAUSE YOU ARE FEELING BETTER OR COMING TO US. THIS COULD BE DETRIMENTAL TO YOUR HEALTH. Some medications need to be tapered off and others may need to be adjusted as your body comes into alignment with well-being.
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What should I do if I require emergency care?

Emergencies mean a life or death situation. Please call 911 or go to an emergency room if you need emergency care. Call me between 9am and 9pm if you need urgent care and desire to be seen as soon as possible. 352 365-4325
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Payment/Insurance

How is payment of my visit handled?

Our rates are economical and treating the whole person will save you money in the long run. Unless arranged beforehand services are expected to be paid in full as they are rendered. We offer three payment options to assist you

In the office I take Cash, Checks and Gift Certificates. If you wish to pay by credit or debit please pay in advance online. Remember to print out the receipt AND the transaction number.

• Pay as you go. Cash, Check
   or by PayPal/Debit or Credit online. Please note a cash  transaction fee is charged if paying online 
   after 
your visit.
• Receive a 5% discount if you pay the entire program fee at your initial visit.
• Use our finance option to pay for the program and also receive the 5% discount.

Credit card reservation in advance is required for all Beauty treatments.

Financing

We have teamed with Capital One to provide financing.

Capital One Healthcare Finance is a flexible monthly payment option.
• Low, monthly payments
• Low, fixed rates ranging from 5.9% - 12.9% APR
• No prepayment penalty

Each appointment is set aside exclusively for each patient. This office may charge for cancellations within 48 hours and for no shows. See cancellation policy.
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Is my visit covered under Health Insurance?

Many insurance companies are now including acupuncture and complementary therapy on their plans. Ask your insurance representative about coverage.  If you have a deductible, most companies will accept our treatment investments toward your deductible.

This office cannot accept responsibility for collecting insurance claims nor for negotiating settlements of disputed claims. For a small fee I have someone who is willing to call the insurance company and negotiate for you. She is really good at getting insurance companies to pay. Many times the insurance company will reimburse their subscribers quicker than they will a physician’s office.

This office is not enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid programs. Medicare or Medicaid patients therefore will not be reimbursed for fees paid. A bill is up before Congress now so please contact your legislators and tell them you desire Acupuncture, Homeopathy, and other holistic modalities.

Florida State House of Representatives, Contact Information - Find your legislators by zip code, contact your supervisor of elections, or find links to Representatives' home pages and to district maps.
Florida State Senate, Contact Information - Find your legislators by zip code, contact your supervisor of elections, or find links to Senators' home pages and to district maps.
US Government Contact Information
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My insurance does not include acupuncture and traditional medicine. What can I do to get coverage?

The insurance policy you have is between you and your insurance company. You are the customer! They are the broker for specific policies.  

Remember this! If you want acupuncture and traditional medicine covered under your policy, let your voice be heard. Tell them! The insurance company will listen to you. They can make changes at the next renewal of your policy, or risk losing your business. You have the power to request specific line item coverage within your policy.

If you work for a corporation, tell your human resources person you desire Acupuncture and Homeopathy to be included in your policy. If they have any questions tell them to call me for more information.

Also, be aware that sometimes they will include acupuncture as a covered therapy only if a medical doctor provides it. For your information, according to the American Academy of Medical Acupuncturists “a minimum of 300 hours of systematic acupuncture training” is required for a medical doctor to be certified as a medical acupuncturist.

However, this is optional. In many states, physicians can practice acupuncture without any certification at all. FLORIDA is one of those states. In Florida, Medical Doctors (MD’s) and Osteopathic Physicians (DO’s) are NOT required by law to have any training in acupuncture before they are able to provide this therapy to a patient.

Chiropractors (DC’s) are only required to complete a 100 hour class in other states 300 hours.

As a consumer, you must request the specialist in the field, a Florida-licensed acupuncturist. By going to a Florida-licensed acupuncturist, who graduated from a four year institution you are assured that they have close to 3000 hours of specific training and clinical internship in acupuncture and traditional medicine. Why settle for less? Always check your physician’s credentials. Don't ask how many years of training ask how many hours. Weekend courses can take several years to complete.
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Scheduling/Cancellation Policy

Scheduling Tips

If you know that you will need to have several treatments in a row and you can only come in during certain hours, try scheduling several treatments in advance. We will be happy to arrange future appointments for you during your next visit, or just call 352 365-HEAL (4325) and schedule them now. Don’t delay! If you need an appointment late in the day, call NOW as the late appointments typically get taken first.

Do NOT email appointment requests or make changes to your appointments online.

I ask my patients to kindly follow my protocols carefully and to please feel free to call me as often as they may need to clarify matters and/or to report any new symptoms. I am usually available by phone from 9am until 8pm Monday through Thursday, 9am until 6pm Friday.

If I have not responded within 24 hours please call again I’m not ignoring you I might not have gotten the message. If you email me and no response please also call and leave a message to check the emails. Sometimes it is in the spam folder.

I am frequently teaching classes or attending workshops and retreats during the weekend and probably won't call you back in a timely fashion. If it is an emergency call 911 or go to the Emergency Room for treatment. If it is urgent leave a message and I will try to work you in if I am available. If it can wait please contact me during the week.

I also ask my patients to please let me know in advance if they must interrupt their treatment. This way, we may arrange some means to continuing treatment despite of the interruption.

TEAMWORK IS REQUIRED FOR THE BEST RESULTS.
See Three phases of care

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Cancellation Policy:

Please give 2 business days notice. We know emergencies come up and we are willing to work with you so LESS THAN 48 BUSINESS HOURS NOTICE one free pass.  The second time will be billed at 50% of the consultation fee and 100% thereafter. Your appointment time is reserved just for you. If you miss your appointment, others who desire that appointment time cannot be served. Fees for missed appointments are NOT covered by insurance.

Please be on time. Try to call if you are running late. (Your appointment time may get shorter by the amount of time you are late or rescheduled.) If you are ill, please call us prior to your appointment and discuss it with us.  Acupuncture can safely be utilized with almost all illnesses. When treated early for acute illnesses your recovery time may be shortened helping you to return to your normal schedule quickly.

Beauty Treatments
Beauty Treatments must be reserved in advance with a credit card reservation. Online payment available here.

Discounted packages are available for all of our services. All discounted packages are non refundable and are for services only.

Appointments are encouraged to be scheduled a minimum of two days and preferably 2 weeks in advance. Late cancellations or no shows will be billed at the regular price and deducted from the series of treatments.

If you are unable to keep your appointment with your verbal permission a family member or friend can be sent to replace you for the same appointment time. Service upgrades allowed with payment at the time of service.

Cancellations 48 hours in advance will get full credit for future services.

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When Should I Call Dr. Solara?

• Aggravation is too strong or lasts more than one week, stop taking the remedy, and call me.
• If you experience new symptoms you have never had before (even if years before), stop taking the remedy, and call
• Your symptoms stop improving, or start to get worse after originally improving. Call me.
• Old symptoms return that are strong enough that you need treatment, stop taking the remedy, and call me.
• You get an acute illness such as flu, cold, etc. Treating all illnesses homeopathically will help your body maintain balance and improve your long-term health. It is not unusual for a fever to initially go slightly higher and then the immune system works harder and the fever drops naturally. DO NOT take an over the counter remedy without checking in with me first as they may interfere with your positive results of my modalities.
• Sometimes these can be treated as an over the phone appointment.
 
Physician Educational Comparison and professional titles:

Acupuncture Physicians in the state of Florida must complete a four year program of intensive study with almost the same number of hours as other medical professionals:

Acupuncture Physicians 2750 hours (Solara has just under 3,000 hours)
MD/DO 2756 hours + 3 yrs of residency
Chiropractors 2887 hours + residency.

Traditional Chinese medicine is based on a totally different concept than western medicine, although the two systems may complement each other.

Acupuncture Physicians study a full complement of Eastern Sciences and medical practices of diagnosis and treatment modalities. They must also study western medicine subjects like: Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology, Clinical Psychology, Western Diagnostics and Radiology, and lab work. Clinical Internships are also required.

Currently in Florida there are no educational requirements for medical doctors or osteopaths to practice acupuncture. Chiropractors may practice acupuncture with only 100 hours training and are called Certified Acupuncturists (CA). It is important to ask your acupuncturist how many hours and not years of training that they have.

Serious adverse events in acupuncture treatment are uncommon in the practice of adequately trained acupuncturists.
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Professional Titles

Listed below are some of the most commonly used abbreviations (and their titles) in the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine profession.

Listed below are some of the most commonly used abbreviations (and their titles) in the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine profession.

DIM Doctor of Integrative Medica
DOM                Doctor of Oriental Medicine

AP                    Acupuncture Physician
CA, CAc          Certified Acupuncturist (Chiropractors)
CH                   Chinese Herbalist
Dipl. Ac.           Diplomate in Acupuncture
Dipl. CH           Diplomate in Chinese Herbalism
DNBHE            Diplomate National Board of Homeopathic Examiners
L.Ac.                 Licensed Acupuncturist
MSOM             Master, Science of Oriental Medicine
MTCM             Master, Traditional Chinese Medicine
MTOM             Master, Traditional Oriental Medicine
OMD                Oriental Medicine Doctor
PhD                  Doctor of Philosophy  

Again, welcome to A Abundant Health Holistic Center and we look forward to serving you!

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