Acupuncture/Chinese Herbs

Acupuncture

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Acupuncture Pricing

(Paid at the price of service-not billing insurance)
Initial Treatment $85
Follow-up $65
Package of 5|$275 – $55 each treatment

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at distinct points (acupoints) shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. These distinct points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of two thousand years. Recently, electromagnetic research has confirmed such point locations on the body.

Western medical professionals still struggle to scientifically explain how acupuncture works. In 1985, a French medical team demonstrated the movement of radioactive tracers along pathways in the human body that match the Chinese acupuncture meridians. Other tests have shown acupuncture stimulates endorphin release in humans and animals. Studies also prove acupuncture promotes relaxation, improves the function of the immune system and stimulates the central and autonomic nervous systems.

How We Help You Using Acupuncture

According to Chinese medical philosophy, acupuncture restores balance and smooths circulation to the energy flow, or Qi, in the body. Qi flows through the body via invisible pathways called meridians or channels. When the Qi is flowing smoothly, there is neither pain nor signs of illness.

Acupuncture is not like getting a shot. With a hypodermic injection, discomfort can be caused when a foreign substance is injected into the body. The very fine sterilized needles used by acupuncturists are about as small as a single strand of hair and are less than one-quarter the thickness of a hypodermic needle. While most people feel absolutely nothing when single-use acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points on the body, some may feel increased warmth, a slight ache or perhaps a tingling sensation.

In all, acupuncture is a relaxing experience. So much so that some people even fall asleep while needles are working!

The number of treatments needed varies by the person and the condition being treated. Generally, 5 to 15 treatments will resolve most acute problems. Chronic degenerative conditions may require treatment over a period of time. Regardless of the condition, acupuncture treatments are helpful to maintain health and balance.

Disorders Acupuncture is Effective at Treating

Addictions
Alcohol
Food
Nicotine
Recreational drugs

 

Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat
Acute sinusitis
Allergies
Common cold
Dental Procedure Pain
Dry eyes
Gingivitis
Jaw Pain
Laryngitis
Pink eye
Prevent recurrent colds
Sore throat
Strengthen/balance immune system
Tinnitis /Ringing in the ears
Vertigo

Gastrointestinal
Colitis
Constipation
Gastritis acute/chronic
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Diarrhea
Ulcers
Neurological/Muscular
Back pain
Chronic fatigue
Fibromyalgia
Headache, Migraine
Low energy
Multiple Sclerosis
Osteoarthritis
Peripheral neuropathy
Rheumatoid arthritis
Sciatica
Sports injuries
Stroke/CVA
Tendonitis

 

Pain
Abdominal
Joint
Low back
Muscular
Neck
Post surgical pain
Psychological
Anxiety
Depression
Insomnia
Promote relaxation
Tension/stress
Respiratory System
Acute bronchitis
Asthma
Chronic coughWomen’s Health
Bladder problems
Chronic yeast infections
Delayed onset of menses
Endometriosis
Excessive bleeding
Infertility
Irregular periods
Insomnia
Menopause symptoms
Painful periods
PMS

Chinese Herbs FAQ

How does Chinese herbal medicine differ from Western folk herbalism?

Chinese herbal medicine is especially good for promoting the body’s ability to heal and recuperate. It can treat acute diseases like intestinal flu and the common cold as well as chronic diseases like gynecological disorders, digestive disorders and allergies. Our patients receive a custom-written herbal prescription incorporating several natural herbs designed to treat both the symptom and the disease.

Where do Chinese herbs come from?

The majority of Chinese herbal medicines come from plant sources. At times, animal and mineral ingredients are also used.

Should I stop taking my present medication when I take Chinese herbs?

Those taking Chinese medicines frequently feel enough relief that they can reduce the amount of certain pain medications, muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatories they take. However, a patient’s primary care physician should be consulted before eliminating any prescribed medicine. In fact, it is best to keep both your physician and herbalist up-to-date on what medicines – herbal and otherwise – you are taking.

Do Chinese herbal medicines have any side effects?

Chinese herbal medicines have a very low toxicity compared to common, over-the-counter Western drugs. When prescribed according to a correct TCM pattern diagnosis, patients should have virtually no side effects. However, as with all medicines, you should talk things over with your herbalist if you suspect that you are having side effects from the herbs you are taking.

How long will it be before I see results from the use of Chinese herbal medicines?

People are kept on herbal formulas for many weeks to give the body time to re-establish balance. For acute conditions, results can be expected in a few days. For chronic conditions, some results should be seen within 3-6 weeks.

How do I know if my practitioner is professionally trained in Chinese herbal medicine?

NCCAOM has created a certification process for Chinese herbal medicine. Those who have 1800 hours of study and passed national board exams are entitled to add the designation Dipl. C.H. (Diplomate of Chinese Herbs) after their names.

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