Frequently Asked Questions

Lotus Acupuncture is located in the heart of beautiful Winter Park, Florida. With years of generational experience, Dr. Thoa is committed to providing thorough and knowledgeable care for her patients. Lotus Acuputure works with a multitude of complex health issues and strives to deliver the utmost in individual care and clinical excellence.



Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote its own natural healing ability. The theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Acupuncture is used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West.


Does it hurt?


Acupuncture needles are very slender and flexible, as fine as a hair or fine fiber thread, and they do not force any fluides into the skin. Some people may experience a little tingling, but new patients usually are surprised at how comfortable, pleasant, and relaxing acupuncture treatment is. Acupuncture needles are sterile disposable needles that are shipped in individually sealed packages and are used only once.




What does acupuncture help with?


DIGESTIVE: Indigestion, Malabsorption, Heartburn, Nausea, Hiccups, Gas and Bloated Feeling, Constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome


NEUROLOGICAL: Headache, Neuralgia, Sciatica, Bell's Palsy, Spinal Cord Injury, Hemiplegia, Multiple Sclerosis


MALE/FEMALE: PMS, Low Libido, Impotence, Infertility, Menstrual Disorders


MUSCULOSKELETAL: sports Injuries, Sprain & Strain Pain, TMJ, Neck Pain, Shoulder &  Arm Pain, Knee Pain, Back & Leg Pain, Heel Spur, Arthritis, Tendonitis, Bursitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia


RESPIRATORY: Allergies, Asthma, Common cold & Flu, Sinusitis


PSYCHOLOGICAL: Depression, Anxiety, Sleep Disorders, Stress, Nervousness


URINARY: Bladder Dysfunction, Incontinence, Panic Attack


OTHER BENEFITS: Alcohol/Drug Addictions, Chronic Fatigue, Smoking Cessation, Weight Loss, Tinnitus/Hearing Difficulty



What should I wear and expect durning my treatments?

The first visit is typically an hour long; follow-up visits are typically less than 1 hour. During the initial visit you will meet with your acupuncturist privately in a consultation room to review your medical history and the main reason for coming. You should wear something comfortable (e.g. sweatpants, a comfortable T-shirt, shorts, etc.) for your acupuncture appointment.  Please refrain from wearing make-up, perfumes/colognes, and try to avoid eating or drinking anything that stains the tongue before your visit. We will typically ask that bracelets and watches be removed, so you may want to keep jewelry to a minimum.

After your intake, you will proceed into the treatment room, remove your shoes & socks, and get comfortable on a reclining chair or treatment table. The acupuncturist will come in shortly after.To begin a treatment, your practitioner will decide where to place the needles. 




What if I have to cancel or change my appointment?


When scheduling an appointment, please be aware that this appointment has been reserved for you.  We try our best to accommodate everyone's busy schedules by offering lunchtime, afternoon, and evening appointments.  If you need to change or cancel your appointment, please remember to give me at minimum a 24 hour advance notice.  Your time is being reserved for you in our busy office and last minute changes affect the practitioner and other patients on the waitlist for appointments.  Thank you in advance for respecting and honoring the policy listed below:  

****Any appointment that is cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged 75% of the appointment fee.****

No charge for any situation that affects the patient or the practitioner's personal safety, such as, inclement weather conditions, a medical emergency, (please note:  minor illnesses will benefit from acupuncture treatment), or a family emergency.