Welcome to our clinic! Please use our online schedule, or call us to discuss scheduling. It’s a good idea for new patients to make the initial visit and a second visit the following week. Please fill out our intake form prior to your first visit, you may send us your form or bring it in with you.
Your role in the healing process
Choosing to take good care of yourself is a key component of your over all well-being. Committing to a healthy diet and lifestyle, including moderate exercise, and perhaps other supportive care such as cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation, yoga, dance, chiropractic, massage, or other body-work are examples. You are making a great step in that direction by considering acupuncture in your self-care plan!
What can I expect on my first visit?
Your provider will review your medical history as well as review lab reports, discuss your health concerns and goals, feel your wrist pulses, look at your tongue, answer any questions you have, then you will receive acupuncture. Hair-thin, sterile, single-use needles are inserted, as you rest comfortably for thirty minutes to 45 minutes. Most people feel incredibly relaxed during and after acupuncture.
Please have something light to eat before your appointment; it’s best not to be too hungry or too full when you receive acupuncture. If you exercise daily, it’s best to do this before acupuncture treatment.
We typically suggest herbal medicine, and explain the benefit you can expect from adding it to your treatment plan. On the first or subsequent visits, we may recommend additional modalities such as gua sha, cupping, electro-acupuncture, acupressure, or moxa along with acupuncture, and we will always explain the process to you.
What happens at subsequent visits?
We will briefly discuss your progress, then you will receive acupuncture and/or one of the modalities mentioned above. Your provider will make additional recommendations as needed, and compose your herbal formula.
Fees and Insurance
Initial visit 90 minutes $190
Follow up visits 60 minutes $110
Please ask us about our package plans for 10 and 20 visits.
We require payment at each visit, we accept cash, checks, credit cards, HSA and FSA cards.
We are out of network with insurance plans, and we bill your insurance for you.
The following modalities may be included in your services:
Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of tiny, disposable, sterile needles. Acupuncture points are selected in order to regulate the vital energies of the body. What do we mean by regulate? Many health problems manifest as excess or deficient, with symptoms of heat, cold, dryness, excess phlegm or fluids, stagnation, or pain.
Topical treatments such as fire-cupping, gua sha, and the use of moxa (aka the herb artemis vulgaris or mugwort) are used in conjunction with acupuncture. Cupping and gua sha are topical treatments of deep seated obstructions within the muscles and adjacent tissues to help eliminate pain, expand movement, improve blood circulation, and improve organ function.
Fire-Cupping involves applying a glass cup to the skin with suction over an area where there is muscle pain, decreased sensation, coldness, or limited movement. Cupping moves blockage in the tissues that have built up as a result of injury, illness, or poor circulation. The suction action restores adequate blood flow to the area, accelerating the healing process after an injury or illness. Cupping is also used in early stages of colds and respiratory infections to assist in clearing the pathogen from the body.
Gua Sha is a technique in which an oil is applied to the skin over an area where pain or limited function occurs. Then a flat edged gua sha tool is rubbed over the area with pressure, releasing tight, painful, numb, contracted muscles and tendons. Gua sha can also be used to release congestion and toxins from the lungs.
Moxa is used externally to warm the body, invigorate blood flow, and dispel dampness and cold. Two forms are used: the smokeless stick, and indirect moxa applied to the needle handle.
Electro-Acupuncture is the application of a pulsating electrical micro-current to acupuncture needles. It was developed in China as an extension of hand manipulation of acupuncture needles around 1934. It is described, though only briefly, in most comprehensive texts of acupuncture. The benefits of using electrical stimulation are:
- It substitutes for prolonged hand maneuvering. Electro-acupuncture may also help reduce total treatment time by providing continued stimulus.
- It can produce a stronger stimulation without causing tissue damage associated with manual manipulation of the needle. Strong stimulation may be needed for difficult cases of neuralgia or paralysis.
- It is easier to control the frequency of the stimulus and the amount of stimulus than with hand manipulation of the needles.
Herbal Medicine is the use of plant seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, flowers, mineral, and animal objects for medicinal purposes. Chinese herbal medicine usually consists of combining two or more herbs into formulas instead of using single herbs. While the scientific study of herbs began just over two centuries ago, CM formulas have been used to treat a wide range of health problems in Asia for thousands of years. Modern doctors of CM use herbal formulas which were created, recorded, and effectively used thousands of years ago and today.
We order lab tested and organic herbs as much as possible. Herbs are tested for heavy metals, pesticides, preservatives, and micro-bacteria. They are processed using Traditional Methods at PIC/S-GMP certified plant (Pharmaceutical Inspection Cooperation Scheme-Good Manufacturing Practice). Herbs are available in capsule, powders that are made into a tea, and some liquid herb extracts. We make custom herbal formulas for our patients.