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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world and one of the main modalities within the framework of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is a powerful, effective, and safe, drug-free therapy that addresses the root cause of illness and disease as well as the symptoms. According to TCM, imbalances in the body can be created as a result of various stressors and demands of everyday life. These imbalances disrupt and block the movement of “Qi” (energy, life force) in the body, which can result in pain or illness. Registered acupuncturists stimulate the flow of Qi by using hair-thin, sterile needles inserted superficially into specific areas of the body, “acupuncture points”, in order to move these blockages and encourage the body’s own healing mechanism to restore balance.

Make an Appointment

  • First Visit
    • Please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out forms
    • A detailed intake process of your current complaints and a complete health history followed by an assessment to help gain a full picture of your overall status
    • We will then discuss the treatment plan and acupuncture begins
    • This visit is 70 minutes
  • Subsequent Visits (55 Minutes)
    • The frequency and duration of your visits will vary from person to person
    • Treatments may include additional modalities, such as Cupping, Gua Sha, Tui Na, Moxibustion and Electro-stimulation
    • Monitor progress as treatments goes on and re-evaluate at an appropriate time
    • This visit is 55 minutes
  • Subsequent Visits (25 Minutes)
    • There is NO acupuncture in this visit
    • Instead of acupuncture, this visit offers Cupping, Gua Sha, Tui Na or traditional Chinese dietary therapy
    • This visit is 25 minutes
  • Rates and Policies

    Initial Visit (70 minutes): $110
    Subsequent Visit (55 minutes): $95
    Subsequent Visit (25 minutes): $50

    Our office offers direct billing to your Extended Health Benefits if your plan allows for it. Please bring in your insurance information.

    Cancellation/No Show Policy for Acupuncture: We have a 24 hour cancellation policy. You will be charged in full for a missed appointment if we are unable to fill your spot. If we are given enough notice, we can sometimes re-fill the appointment if there is someone on the waiting list. We will not charge if we are able to re-fill the appointment. We do not consider work conflicts to be emergencies. This cancellation policy is necessary for our small business to continue to serve our clients in need of treatment. Thank you for your understanding.

Other Modalities Offered in an Acupuncture Treatment

Cupping
An ancient Chinese method of causing local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin using either heat or suction. When the cup is left in place for a few minutes, “blood stasis” is formed and localized healing takes place. The cups draw up the underlying tissues (and have been found to be effective up to four inches into the tissues) to circulate Qi and blood, release toxins and activate the lymphatic system.

Tui Na
Chinese bodywork therapy that works on the same principles as acupuncture, with the use of hands and fingers instead of needles. Through a combination of massage and acupressure, Tui Na applies pressure to acupuncture points and channels, and groups of muscles or nerves to remove blockages that prevent the free flow of Qi.

Electro-acupuncture
A gentle electrical current is applied to acupuncture needles to produce consistent stimulation of the acupuncture points, in order to manipulate and move blocked Qi.  The frequency and intensity of the stimulation can be adjusted to your comfort level and treatments may be shorter than regular acupuncture treatments due to the continued, and often stronger, stimulus.

Moxibustion
A traditional form of heat therapy that involves the safe, controlled burning of a Chinese herb on or near specific acupuncture points or body areas to warm and invigorate Qi and promote healing.

Gua Sha
Gua means to scrape and Sha means redness or swelling.  Gua Sha is the therapeutic use of instruments to apply pressure or friction, either over muscle tissue, joints or specific acupuncture pathways, which helps to circulate blood, lymph and Qi in the body. It encourages the removal of metabolic waste in the skin and superficial muscle tissues.  This technique is often used to treat various pain conditions, especially muscle, tendon, ligament and connective tissue disorders/injuries, and can be used to enhance the immune response when fighting colds & flu.

Eastern Nutrition
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, food is a form of therapeutic treatment classified according to its qualities and energetic effects rather than in terms of calories, proteins and fats. It is not just a matter of eating nourishing, healthy food but of eating nourishing healthy food that is right for individual body types. A personalized diet based on your constitution, the nature of your condition, and even the season and climate are all taken into consideration in Chinese dietary therapy.