Acupuncture

Pricing

Initial Acupuncture | 60 min | $120

Follow Up Acupuncture | 60 min | $85

Express Acupuncture | 25 min | $45

Acupuncture is a 5000 year old Eastern medical system of healing. In the West, we understand the system to be closely related to the nervous and endocrine systems.  It uses the body’s resources to stimulate healing.  It does this by activating the body’s vital life force, Qi, through manipulation of a selection of acupuncture points that are located along pathways (meridians or channels and in association with particular organs) where Qi can be accessed.  These meridians are like a holographic extension of the nervous system.

In other words, it’s like a train (qi) traveling on tracks (meridians) and making stops at several stations (acupoints).  When external or internal factors impair balance in the body, that train stops and everything before the stop doesn’t receive nourishment (deficiency) while everything behind it gets backed up, or rather, pools in stagnation (excess).  By directing Qi with acupuncture to areas where it is lacking and away from areas of excess, the body’s systems can be restored to function properly; resulting in a balanced and harmonious environment that will ultimately prevent imbalances or illnesses to occur.

Marianne has a gentle touch and needling style and customizes pressure and stimulation according to your preferences.  She uses stainless steel needles that are sanitary and disposed in a medical-grade sharps containers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest used medical systems from China dating as far back as 200 BC. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, hair-thin, solid, sterile, disposable, pain free needles into specific points that was discovered first on the battlefields of ancient China. Soldiers reported that long-standing ailments had suddenly disappeared when wounded by arrows. Since then, acupuncture has been scientifically researched and has evolved into a holistic medical system that helps to awaken, balance and restore health while improving quality of life.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal. When acupuncture points are stimulated, the  body releases endorphins triggered by the brain, which are natural painkillers, minus the side effects to protect the body. Circulation is also improved due to local blood flow promoting speedy recovery.  Toxins are flushed through the circulatory response, decreasing inflammation and stimulating the immune response.  HERE is a national study to show how acupuncture regulates areas of the brain linked to heart rate, breath, hormone output, emotional and relaxation response by safely balancing these functions through the nervous system.

Can Acupuncture Help My Condition?

There are many conditions, disorders and diseases that acupuncture can effectively treat. Here are some common conditions, as outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO), considered to respond favorably to treatment with acupuncture:

Cardiovascular and Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Essential hypertension
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Headache and migraine
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Facial palsy (early stage, within three to six months)
  • Paresis following stroke
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Nocturnal enuresis
  • Cervicobrachial syndrome
  • Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
Respiratory and Immunological Conditions
  • Acute sinusitis
  • Acute rhinitis
  • Common cold
  • Acute tonsillitis
  • Acute bronchitis
  • Bronchial asthma
Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Spasms of esophagus and cardia
  • Irritable bowel and colitis
  • Hiccough
  • Gastroptosis
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Gastric hyperacidity
  • Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
  • Acute duodenal ulcer (without complication)
  • Acute and chronic colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Acute bacillary dysentery
  • Paralytic ileus
Psychological Disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • Somatization disorder
  • Hypersomnia
  • Insomnia
  • Other Disorders
  • Withdrawal from street and pharmacological drugs
  • Appetite suppression
Orthopedic Conditions
  • Intercostal neuralgia
  • Disc problems
  • Musculo-skeletal Disorders
  • Muscle pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness
  • Localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains, tendonitis, contractures
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Work and sports related injuries
  • Low back pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • “Frozen shoulder”, “tennis elbow”
  • Sciatica
Disorders of the Eye, Ear, Nose & Mouth
  • Acute conjunctivitis
  • Central retinitis
  • Myopia (in children)
  • Cataract (without complications)
  • Toothaches, post extraction pain
  • Gingivitis
  • Acute and chronic pharyngitis
Gynecological Disorders
  • Infertility (Not WHO recognized. Clinical experience proves effective.)
  • PMS
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Menopause syndrome
  • Benign irregular menstruation
  • Benign amenorrhea

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

When a needle is inserted, various sensations can be felt, ranging from a slight pinch to nothing at all. During the session, many patients feel very relaxed and even fall asleep. It is important to communicate with your acupuncturist regarding any discomfort you may experience during your treatment. Acupuncture should not be painful or remain sharp. Some common sensations that you may experience during treatment are heaviness, mild soreness, numbness, tingling, itchiness, or traveling sensations from one area of the body to another. The sensation you will feel when being needled is generally fairly minimal. In some styles you will feel almost nothing, while in others the needle will be rotated slightly until you feel a heavy or distended feeling indicating the arrival of Qi.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. The treatment consists of the usage of sterile and non-reusable needles. Side effects include but are not limited to:

  • Reduction in pain and allergies
  • Better sleep, appetite, skin tone, and recovery from trauma
  • Improvement in immune, digestion, hormonal and reproductive functions
  • Reduction of stress and anxiety
  • Increase in joint mobility

A licensed Acupuncturist uses sterilized (one time use) needles, which are disposed in medical grade sharps containers, in compliance with health codes and state regulations.

Are There Other Forms Of Treatment Besides Needle Insertion?

Yes! The following adjunct therapies are often used to complement your treatment:

Acupressure

This is a method of performing gentle stimulation on specific areas by kneading, pressing, or touching certain acupuncture points on the body, without using needles.

Acupressure can help treat imbalances and support overall health that we can teach you to do on yourself anywhere and is also great for kids.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha (scraping) is very similar to cupping and involves the use of tools with a smooth rounded edge and oil. It is often compared to a deep tissue massage. The marks created by scraping will have a stripe-like appearance. It is recommended to wear a scarf post treatment and to drink plenty of fluids.

Herbs

Traditional Chinese herbs are often used in conjunction with acupuncture to sustain the benefits you experience in the clinic in between your treatments They are useful for a variety of conditions and are taken internally as pills, tinctures, or custom-ordered granules, or applied externally as topical liniments, creams, oils, or patches.

We prescribe top tested brands with strict quality controls:

  • Evergreen Herbs
  • Dragon Herbs
  • Jing Herbs
  •  Standard Process
  • Various Liniments and topicals

Herbal formulas cost ~ $25-$50 / bottle for a 2 week dose.

*Most reputable herbal companies sell only to bonafide licensed practitioners for public safety reasons. Indiscriminate online purchases of herbal medicine are often reported as cases of artificial duplicates of top brands. Some products have been reported to have been tampered with or diluted as well.

I’m on medication. Can I take herbs?

Chinese herbs are safe when prescribed by a licensed professional. Herbs are typically prescribed in a formula, whether it be a classical formula administered as pills, in powder form for teas, or tinctures. It is important to inform your practitioner of a list of current medications you are taking to avoid adverse drug-herb interactions, however, Chinese herbs are gentle and effective at detoxifying the body while building your system.

Cupping

This treatment involves the use of suction cups to relieve muscle tension or treat the common cold.

Cupping can leave round marks for days to 2 weeks, depending on how severe the pain or imbalance is and how quickly the individual heals. The imprints may be somewhat delicate the day of the treatment; however they are not excruciating. Cupping feels like a deep back massage (5-15 minutes) and helps to drain toxins from the  body.

After a treatment, it is advised to drink plenty of fluids to assist the passage of lymph and drainage of toxins.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion (moxa) is the burning of the herb ‘artemisia vulgaris’ (also known as mugwort) along the meridians or acupuncture points. It is warming and increases circulation and is intended for relieving pain, reducing swelling, and improving range of motion. Moxa is great for orthopedic, digestive and reproductive issues, and has a very calming relaxing effect. Moxibustion comes in the form of loose herbs, in rolls and in balms or sprays, typically done for up to ten minutes. Some forms of moxa are used with TDP heat lamps that contain minerals that increase circulation and expedite healing.

How should I prepare for my session?

It is recommended to wear loose clothing to allow access to acupuncture points, especially around joints and the midsection/back. Have a light meal or snack 1-3 hours before your treatment. Do not brush, scrape your tongue or chew gum before your treatment because the tongue gives information about the state of your condition. If you are a new patient, please take the time to print, fill out and sign the New Patient Intake form and the Informed Consent form, as this will save time during your initial consultation.

What should I expect?

The initial visit involves a thorough intake and assessment, followed by treatment. A course of acupuncture is regularly 6-12 sessions once or twice per week. Results are often experienced after the first treatment. Continued treatment is necessary until symptoms decline or disappear, followed by monthly maintenance treatments. Commitment to treatments will determine your success. Acupuncture is not only corrective, but also a preventative modality; therefore, it is encouraged that you schedule seasonal tune-ups at minimum.

How Many Sessions Do I Need?

There are many styles of acupuncture. An Acupuncturist may begin a treatment course with one procedure and move to an alternate depending upon each person’s reaction. If by the fourth treatment you are not experiencing results, your acupuncturist may vary technique or treatment approach.  To expedite healing and build energy, expect 2 sessions per week for 2-3 weeks initially, followed by 1 session per week until symptoms diminish or you move to a maintenance phase. Because acupuncture works by stimulating body to heal, the closer the treatment times are initially, the quicker the healing process is. The more time lapses between treatments, the longer your healing process is.

What training is required to practice acupuncture?

A Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac) has attended an accredited graduate level college studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and earning a Master of Science degree (MSTOM). The training is extensive and comprehensive, including over 3000 hours of education over a 3-4 year timeframe, as well as clinical training and internship for one-year minimum. Upon graduation, the next step is to pass National Certification exams (NCCAOM) followed by gaining licensure through state medical boards. MD’s and Chiropractors may also practice acupuncture but typically from introductory courses offering only 200 hours of training or less. Therefore, it is recommended that an NCCAOM certified (National Certification Committee for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) practitioners be consulted for acupuncture due to their extensive training, depth of knowledge and specialization in acupuncture techniques.  Continuing education is required to keep licensure current.

Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

We do not process insurance claims, however, we will print a super-bill with proper ICD-10 codes for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Ask us for more information regarding this.

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