The Healing Art of Acupuncture

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Office Visit

Your Acupuncturist will explain the nature of your problem according to traditional Chinese diagnosis. At that point, a course of treatment will be selected.

Needles

The needles used are one-time use, micro-cleaned and sterilized. The insertion barely causes any pain and is well tolerated by people of all ages. Needle sensations may vary according to current body and emotional conditions.

Other Therapies

In addition to acupuncture, we offer:

  • Electro treatment of acupuncture points – without needles
  • Tuina – a very effective deep tissue massage
  • Cupping
  • Moxibustion
  • Herbal medicine
  • Nutritional and lifestyle counseling
  • Therapeutic Exercises

Insurance Coverage

Various insurance plans cover acupuncture treatment. Please call us to assist you and ask about our financing options.

Acupuncture fees:

Are determined after an initial consultation. Special consideration is given to those in need of long term treatment or have very limited resources. Usually the treatments range between $70 – $80 and last about one hour to one hour and 15 minutes.
Treatments are by appointment only.

What is Acupuncture?

Q: What is Acupuncture?
A: Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points shown as effective in the treatment of specific health problems. These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of two thousand years. Recently, electromagnetic research has confirmed their locations.

What problems can be treated by acupuncture?

Q: What problems can be treated by Acupuncture?
A: The World Health Organization has said that acupuncture is suitable for treating the following:

Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders-
Toothaches, pain after tooth extraction, earaches, sinus inflammation, nasal inflammation or dryness.

Respiratory Disorders-
Uncomplicated bronchial asthma in children or adults.

Gastrointestinal Disorders
Digestive tract problems, hiccups, inflammation of the stomach, chonic duodenal ulcers, inflamation of the colon, constipation, diarrhea, dysentery caused by certain bacteria.

Eye Disorders
Inflammation of the conjunctiva, inflammation of the central retina, nearsightedness (in children), and uncomplicated cataracts.

Nervous System and Muscular Disorders
Headaches, migraines, certain facial paralysis or nerve pain, partial weakness after a stroke, inflammation of nerve endings, bed wetting, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatica, lower back pain and ostearthritis.

Acupuncture has been used for centuries in China to beat many other problems, such as knee pain, sprains and strains, and most gynecological complaints.Top

How deep do the needles go?

Q: How deep do the needles go?
A: The depends upon the nature of the problem, the location of the points selected, the patient’s size, age, constitution, and upon the acupuncturist’s style.

Does it hurt?

Q: Does it hurt?
A: If your practitioner has obtained the correct stimulus of the needle, the patient should feel some cramping, heaviness, distension, tingling, or an electric sensation around the needle or traveling up or down the infected meridian, or energy pathway. In Chinese, acupuncture is bu tong, painless. Some Western cultures may categorize these sensations as types of pain. In any case, if you experience any discomfort it is usually mild.

Are the needles clean?

Q: Are the needles clean?
A: The best practice among acupuncturists in America today is to use sterilized, individually wrapped, disposable needles. Needles should not be saved and reused for later treatments. This eliminates the possibility of transmitting a communicable disease by a contaminated needle.

How does acupuncture work?

Q: How does acupuncture work?
A: Modern Western medicine cannot explain how acupuncture works. Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (Energy) and Xue (Blood) through distinct meridians or pathways that cover the body somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels do. According to ancient theory, acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is deficient and away from areas where it is excess. In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body. In Chinese there is a saying, “There is no pain if there is free flow; if there is pain, there is no free flow.”

Are there different styles of acupuncture?

Q: Are there different styles of acupuncture?
A: Yes, there are. Acupuncture originate in China but has spread to Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Europe, the British Isles, and America. Indifferent countries, different styles have developed based on different opinions as to theory and technique. Patients should talk to their practitioners about their particular style and learn as much as possible about the treatment being proposed.

What criteria should one use in choosing an acupuncturist?

Q: What criteria should one use in choosing an acupuncturist?
A: Patients should ask about where the practitioner trained, how long the training was, how long he or she has been in practice, and what experience the practitioner has had in treating the patient’s specific ailment.
Acupuncture is a licensed and regulated healthcare profession in about half the states in the U.S. Ask your practitioner if your state requires a license to practice. In states that do not require licensing, patients should ask their practitioner if they are certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists. Acupuncturists who have passed this exam are entitled to add Dipl.Ac. (Diplomate of Acupuncture) After their name

How many treatments will I need?

Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: That depends on the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint. You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition. A series of five to fifteen treatments may resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time

What should I know about the proposed treatments?

Q: What should I know about the proposed treatments?

A: Your practitioner will explain the nature of your problem and what treatment he or she is recommending. Your practitioner will tell you what benefits and risks there are to the proposed treatment, what other treatment options are available to you through this practitioner or by referral to another practitioner or physician.