Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve function.
Eastern Explanation: Life energy flowing through the body which is termed Qi can be influenced and balanced by stimulating specific points on the body. These points are located along channels of energy known as meridians and connect to all of our major organs. According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or blocked.
Western Explanation: Acupuncture points are areas of designated electrical sensitivity. Inserting needles at these points stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain. Some of the physiological effects observed throughout the body include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief from pain, relief of muscle spasms and increased T-cell count which stimulates the immune system to promote healing.
How many treatments do I need? Individual healing responses vary, acute conditions tend to resolve more quickly and chronic conditions need more time and patience. Most people feel some relief from symptoms after the second or third treatments. However a good rule of thumb for chronic conditions is it takes one month of treatments for every year you have had the condition. I recommend treating frequently at the beginning at least once a week. Once the issue is resolved, acupuncture treatments 1-2 times a month will maintain balance and homeostasis.
Do you take Insurance? Yes, we do accept insurance. At this point we do not have a detailed list of which insurance companies cover and which companies do not cover. We have a medical billing guru that makes magic happen somehow, someway with insurance companies. I do not ask her how, nor do I really want to know how. Contact us to talk more on how we can use your insurance company to get acupuncture and massage.
What kind of training does a qualified acupuncturist undergo? Acupuncturists have a Masters in Traditional Chinese medicine with over 3000 hours of clinical training. In addition to a Masters Degree, an acupuncturist may also have a Diplomat in Oriental Medicine which states they have additional certification and knowledge of Chinese herbal medicine. Acupuncturists are board certified with the NCCAOM and are licensed in their practicing state.
How are treatments administered at Integrative Acupuncture Clinic? Treatments are given in a relaxing setting within your own private room. Gentle background music is provided. 10-20 needles are placed at different sites of the body. Depending on your presentation, other modalities such as cupping, gua sha, electrical stimulation, moxibustion and/or heat therapy may be added.
Is Acupuncture painful? Each sterile needle is about the size of a hair strand. Most insertion techniques are not painful. Different sensations may come about with your treatment such a tingling, deep ache, or warmth. Alert your acupuncturist if there is sharp pain that does not dissipate. I am happy to relieve your concerns with a one on one demonstration if you are needle sensitive.
What’s Chinese Herbal Medicine? Chinese herbs contain building blocks to nourish and maintain individual needs of the body. Combining a prescribed formula to your course of treatment can expedite the process in returning to wellness. At Integrative Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs in the form of tinctures, pills, and raw powders are available for your various needs. I am trained in Western Pharmacology and can identify concerns involving drug-herb interactions.
What does acupuncture treat? Arthritis, Tendonitis, & Joint pain Asthma & Allergies Autoimmune Disease Bladder and Kidney Infections Cancer Support Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Common Cold & Influenza Emotional Imbalance (Anxiety, Depression), Addiction Facial Rejuvenation Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Indigestion, Gas, Bloating, Constipation Insomnia Menopause Symptoms Musculoskeletal pain Nausea Pediatric Illness (Croup, Cough) Pain – Headache, Backaches, Migraines, Fibromyalgia PMS, Menstrual Irregularity, Infertility Sports and Work Injuries Tension, Stress Syndromes Weight loss