What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest health disciplines in the world, originating in China over 5000 years ago. Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. According to the classical Chinese explanation these points exist along channels of energy, called meridians, which run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. Meridians are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.

How does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture is a proven therapeutic method of treatment that serves to remove the block of energy and therefore activates the body’s innate ability to heal. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians. The needles stimulate the body’s energy, or “qi” (chee), to flow and function normally, thus bringing the body back into a state of health.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.

What Conditions Can Be Treated by Acupuncture?

Acupuncture can reduce or eliminate pain and improve overall bodily function, promoting both physical and emotional well being.
After and acupuncture session you can expect to feel relaxed, rejuvenated and more vital.
Acupuncture and other elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine have been successfully recommended to treat many ailments including, but not limited to:

  • PMS
  • Irregular Periods
  • Pregnancy Related Issues (see below)
  • Infertility
  • Menopause
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Weight Loss
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Whiplash
  • TMJ
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Low Back Pain
  • Knee and Leg Pain
  • Arthritis

What Can I Expect From Acupuncture?

Most individuals will notice immediate results the same day as the treatment. For example, headache acupuncture, the headache is often dissipated drastically or eliminated before the end of the first treatment. It may take several treatments for some individuals to start feeling the positive results of the acupuncture.

Do the Needles Hurt?

People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no pain or very minimal discomfort as the needles are inserted. There is a typical sensation referred to as da-Chi (“chee”) which is a dull, mildly achy sensation that may last for several seconds or, in some cases, several minutes. Da-Chi is a non-painful and is a desirable sensation for an effective treatment. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel more relaxed. Only disposable needles are utilized. Treatments are virtually pain free with very little potential for complications.

What Conditions Can Be Treated by Acupuncture?

Before your first treatment, we will ask you to complete an intake questionnaire which gives us a picture of your health concerns, lifestyle, emotional balance, sleeping & eating habits, and stress level. During your first appointment, the acupuncturist will examine you, and assess the health of your meridians by checking pulse points on your hand & wrist and observing your tongue.

Once the acupuncturist has diagnosed the problem, she will begin treatment. Typically 6-18 needles are used in each treatment, and these will be placed precisely and at varying depths to treat your specific concerns.  As the needles are inserted, you may feel a slight sting or pinch, but once the needles are in place there should be no pain. If you experience any pain or discomfort, please tell the acupuncturist immediately.

During an acupuncture treatment, the therapist may also use supplementary treatments, including:

  • Cupping – the acupuncturist applies glass cups to the skin, creating a vacuum that relieves stagnation of Qi and blood, and draws out toxins from the body.
  • Gua Sha – repeated, pressured strokes across the meridians, using a rounded edge (for example, a coin). This is used to reduce fever and remove toxins from the body, and can result in blemishing that can take 2-3 days to fade.

How can Acupuncture reduce the symptoms of Menopause?

Menopause is a natural, transition phase in a woman’s life, where reproductive hormones start to decline. This shift can take from months to years, with the range and severity of symptoms experienced differing from one woman to the next.
 Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine offer a gentle but effective alternative to the conventional Hormone Replacement Therapy, and can help to regulate the endocrine system throughout this time of change, providing relief from the symptoms associated with menopause.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can provide relief and recovery from the following menopausal symptoms:

  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
  • Digestive problems
  • Night sweats
  • Irritability
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Joint pain
  • Memory loss
  • Decreased libido
  • Weight gain

Acupuncture Fees (prices in effect starting February 1/17)

Initial Consultation (90 minutes): $150
Fertility Initial Consultation (90min-120min)- $150-$200
Regular Visit (60 minutes): $100
Pre-Post IUI/IVF Transfer Treatments (45min each): $175
90 Minute Acupuncture Session:$150
45 Minute Acupuncture Session: $85
75 Minute Acupuncture & CranioSacral Session: $150
90 Minute Acupuncture & CranioSacral Session: $175

Pediatric Initial Consultation: $100
Regular Pediatric visit: $60

House Visits: $75 Out Call Fee- $100 for the initial hour and $60/half hour after initial hour

In order to provide the utmost care and respect to all of our patients, please note that your appointment is a reservation made just for you with one of our practitioners.
To avoid any fees, we require 24hrs notice for any cancelleations or rescheduling of appointments.
**Missed appointments will be billed the full treatment price. **