Frequently Asked Questions
What type of doctor is Dr. Nemeh?
Issam Nemeh is a medical doctor (M.D.) licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio with specialties in Anesthesiology and General Surgery. Issam Nemeh, M.D. has been practicing medicine in Ohio for over 20 years and currently has his own private practice in Rocky River, Ohio.
What type of procedure is performed at Dr. Nemeh's medical office?
Dr. Nemeh’s primary method of patient treatment and diagnosis is called Meridian Regulatory Acupuncture. Ohio medical doctors are permitted to use this type of acupuncture procedure and other alternative medical treatments under section 4731.227 of the Ohio Revised Code. Please see the State Medical Board of Ohio Acupuncture FAQs (PDF Link) for more information.
What is Meridian Regulatory Acupuncture?
Meridian Regulatory Acupuncture (MRA) is different from traditional Chinese acupuncture. MRA consists of two parts, a diagnostic procedures and a treatment procedure. The diagnosis involves measuring the electrical resistance of the body at different points on the skin, known as meridian points. These measurements are graphed and interpreted by the doctor to develop a treatment plan for the meridian points of the body. This treatment is performed with a small, single needle that is temporary inserted at various meridian points of the body, usually for just a few seconds. This tiny needle is used to deliver a small, painless flow of electricity through the meridian point it is inserted into, lowering the excitation threshold for nerves while increasing blood flow.
Is there any pain or discomfort associated with the acupuncture?
This needle is much smaller than the hollows needles commonly used for hydodermic injection and therefore there is little discomfort. Most people correlate the sensation of the small needle to a slight pinch.
Is the MRA procedure safe for adults and children?
MRA is safe for both adults and children. If you have a pacemaker, please alert the staff prior to your treatment, as extra care is taken to avoid interaction between the pacemaker and the MRA treatment.
Is MRA the same as traditional Chinese Acupuncture?
Meridian Regulatory Acupuncture is not traditional Chinese acupuncture. Traditional Chinese acupuncture uses many long needles, whereas MRA uses a single, small needle.
Does this involve multiple, long needles?
No, the MRA procedure involves a single small, retractable needle temporarily inserted at a single point on the body.
Am I required to have the needle performed on me?
Using the single, small needle is not required if you have hypersensitivity to needles. Likewise, other methods can be used with small children who are unable to handle the needle.
Does this replace my other medical treatments?
All procedures performed at Dr. Nemeh’s medical office are designed to complement your existing medical treatments. And Dr. Nemeh recommends following up with your primary care physician for guidance on your existing treatment regiment.
Are there any guarantees with this treatment?
As with any medical treatment, there are no guarantees that any procedure performed by Dr. Nemeh will result in any type of improvement of your conditions. Many patients have reported improvement for their conditions, whether through one office visit or years of continued visits. However, please keep in mind that each patient and condition is unique, and as such may or may not experience improvement, and that if such an improvement does occur, it may take repeated office visits.
What types of patients does Dr. Nemeh treat?
Dr. Nemeh treats all patients with any type of physical, mental or emotional disorder.
Will Dr. Nemeh make recommendations on my existing medications or medical treatments?
Dr. Nemeh suggests that you contact your primary care physician or specialist(s) for guidance on all of your existing medical treatments and medications.
How are appointments scheduled?
Appointments are scheduled by calling our office at (440) 892-4300. We usually begin booking the first patient of the day at 10:30AM and continue seeing patients until the evening.
Will I have to wait in the office?
As with any doctor’s visit, there will be a certain amount of waiting required for your appointment. We do our best to ensure that the daily schedule runs smoothly, but each appointment varies in length, so we cannot guarantee that you are seen at a specific time. However, do out best to call you to inform you if your appointment is running much later than it should be. When making your appointment, please provide us with a phone number where we can reach you on the day of your appointment to communicate any extended waits. On the day of your appointment, feel free to contact the office at (440) 892-4300 to see if your appointment time needs to be adjusted. Thank you for your patience.
What should I wear to my appointment?
Please wear loose fitting clothing, as Dr. Nemeh commonly treats the arms, legs and back areas of the body. Shorts, sweatpants, or "warm up" type pants are recommended with a loose fitting, short sleeved shirt. Feel free to bring a sweatshirt, sweatpants, or a jacket in case you become cold.
Are family members or friends allowed in the treatment room during my appointment?
Family members or friends are allowed in the treatment room so long as they have permission from the patient being treated. Please keep in mind that our treatment room can comfortably hold only two or three people in addition to the patient.
Will Dr. Nemeh treat my family member or friend who comes with me?
Anyone seeking medical treatment from Dr. Nemeh is required to make his or her own appointment for treatment with Dr. Nemeh. We are not permitted by law to treat friends and family member unless they make their own appointments and fill out all the required medical history documentation and treatment consent paperwork.
Will Dr. Nemeh pray for me in his office?
Dr. Nemeh may pray silently for you during the course of your medical treatment. Please understand that Dr. Nemeh’s medical practice is for those seeking medical treatment. If you are interested only in prayer and do not want to receive medical treatment, please visit PathToFaith.com for information on upcoming healing services.
How many appointments will it take for me to improve?
Each patient and condition is unique and may respond to the treatment in a different manner. Some patients experience improvement after a few visits, while other may take many repeat visits. Please understand that as with any medical procedure, there is no guarantee that your condition will improve at all, even after multiple visits.
Are there different types of appointments?
No. Each visit to Dr. Nemeh includes both the diagnosis and treatment procedures. As such, each office visit costs the same amount.
Does Dr. Nemeh treat both children and adults?
Yes, Dr. Nemeh treats both children and adults. Please note that all children and minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in order to be treated. Only legal guardians are permitted to authorize medical treatment for a child or minor. A grandparent is not legally allowed to authorize medical treatment unless he/she is the legal guardian of the child.
Should I bring my medical records?
Please feel free to bring any necessary medical records including lab results, X-Rays, MRIs, and other medical reports detailing your condition. Medical documentation is not required for any treatment, but is always welcome if available.
I have already seen Dr. Nemeh, should I schedule a follow up?
Each patient needs to gauge one's own progress and make a decision as to when and if to schedule a follow up appointment. Dr. Nemeh leaves this determination up to each individual patient.
What payment methods are accepted for office visits?
We accept checks, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and most debit cards as payment for your treatment. Payment is due in full at the time of your visit. Please make all checks payable to Issam Nemeh, M.D., Inc. We do accept credit cards and checks from Health Savings Accounts, Medical Savings Accounts or Flexible Spending Programs, but please be sure to consult with your tax advisor to ensure your treatments are deductible under your specific program.
Will Dr. Nemeh's office bill my insurance provider?
No, we do not bill any insurance provider. You are responsible for the cost of your treatment at the time of your visit, even if your insurance company does cover acupuncture. However, on the day of your appointment, if you have already contacted your insurance company and found that they do cover acupuncture procedures, we may be able to help you submit the proper paperwork to the insurance company so that the insurance company will reimburse you directly for the office visit, if they accept the claim.
Will my insurance company reimburse me for the MRA procedures?
To determine if your insurance company will reimburse you for your office visit with Dr. Nemeh, please call the toll-free number on the back of you insurance card and ask if your insurance plan covers acupuncture procedures. Please contact your insurance company prior to your office appointment. If acupuncture is reimbursable through your plan, we will assist you in submitting your receipt and proper paper work to the insurance company. Please note that our office currently does not accept insurance plans as payment, so you will be responsible for the payment at the time of visit. Then you may be reimbursed for the visit through your insurance company, if it is a covered procedure. If you have any additional questions about services covered, please contact your insurance provider prior to your visit with Dr. Nemeh.
Please note that Medicare and Medicaid will not reimburse you for any of complementary or alternative procedures, including acupuncture.
I am only interested in prayer, not medical treatment. Where can I find more information?
Dr. Nemeh’s medical practice is for those seeking medical treatment. While Dr. Nemeh may pray silently to himself during your office visit, those seeking only prayer and not interested in medical treatment should visit PathToFaith.com for information on upcoming healing services.
Can I buy an appointment gift card for a friend or family member?
Yes, you may "gift" appointments for friends or family members. Please contact the office at (440) 892-4300 for more information.