David Mortell, R.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
David’s passion for Chinese Medicine was born in 1981 when
he was cured of a severe case of insomnia through acupuncture and
Chinese herbs. For the past 18 years, David has maintained a thriving
practice helping thousands of people recover from numerous health
issues. Because of his success in treating so many patients, David
has gained a reputation as one of the most experienced and sought
after acupuncturists in the Pittsburgh area. His practice was recently
featured in the Seen Magazine section of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette
newspaper which focused on the many benefits of cosmetic acupuncture.
Throughout his time in practice, David’s passion for acupuncture
and Oriental medicine has only grown, as has his ability to provide
empathy, humor, and encouragement to his clients.
David has extensive training in infertility,
pain management, and Chinese pulse diagnosis. In addition to acupuncture
and herbs, David also uses moxibustion, acupressure, and cupping
to treat allergies, menstrual and menopausal issues, infertility,
digestion, sleep problems, headaches, arthritis, pain syndromes,
stress, fatigue, smoking cessation, and anxiety/depression.
David graduated with honors in 1989 from the Southwest Acupuncture
College in Santa Fe, NM. He is a state registered acupuncturist
and herbalist and a nationally board certified diplomate in acupuncture.
1. Does acupuncture hurt?
There is virtually no pain with acupuncture. The needles are hair-thin
and very flexible. Acupuncture feels nothing like a hypodermic injection.
Needle insertion can cause a dull ache, tingling or a heaviness
at the acupuncture point, but once the needles are placed there
should be no discomfort. Most people are amazed at how relaxed and
comfortable they feel during and after the treatment.
2. What can I expect?
During your initial visit a full health history is taken, with
questions regarding your health, lifestyle, and other information
necessary for diagnosis. Your acupuncturist will feel your wrist
pulses, look at your tongue, and feel your abdomen. All this information
is organized according to the theories of Chinese medicine to determine
what underlying imbalances are causing your symptoms. After this
initial process you then receive an acupuncture treatment.
The first visit lasts about 90 minutes. Follow-up visits are one
3. Is acupuncture safe?
As long as it is performed by a licensed practitioner, acupuncture
is very safe. Acupuncturists use disposable needles that are discarded
after one use. Occasionally, minor bruising occurs.
4. What conditions does acupuncture treat?
The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture’s effectiveness
for many disorders.
These include, but are not limited to:
Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
- Ear ache
- Tennis elbow
- Rotator cuff problems
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Knee pain
- Menstrual pain
- Poor Digestion
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Addictions to Cigarettes, Alcohol, Drugs
5. How many treatments will I need?
This is different for everyone. Generally speaking, the longer
you’ve had a problem, the longer it takes to resolve. Usually
treatment is twice a week for 3 weeks initially, then we reassess.
6. What is the cost?
The initial visit is $100. Follow-up visits are $75. Most health
insurance do not pay for acupuncture. Payment is by check or cash.
Auto accident insurance cases and workers compensation cases usually
pay for acupuncture.
7. How do I find an acupuncturist?
In Pennsylvania, the best qualified practitioners are Registered
Acupuncturists. They’ve had at least 3 years and up to 3000
hours of intensive training and clinical supervision. By contrast,
medical doctors and dentists who practice acupuncture are only required
to have 200 hours of training. Obviously, you want someone with
many years of clinical experience who has worked extensively with
your problem. Ask if they have specialized training in pain management,
infertility, etc. relevant to your treatment concerns.