Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Acupuncture works on the energy of your body. Health problems are caused by energy being out of balance. If you have pain, it can be due to energy being stuck, deficient, or in excess.  Many events in people’s lives can affect the quality of their energy - accidents, emotional stress, poor diet, and more.  The needles seem to activate your body's natural methods of healing. Good health is where the energy is balanced and flowing smoothly. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about acupuncture and Oriental Medicine:

Common Medical Conditions Treated:

  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome,
  • Tendonitis
  • Back or neck pain
  • Knee or elbow pain
  • Other joint pains
  • Muscle aches
  • Injuries
  • Tooth pain
  • Sprains
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia.

Other conditions that can be helped include:

  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Hypertension
  • Depression
  • Addictions
  • Fatigue
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Gastric reflux
  • Immune system problems
  • Allergies
  • Stress
  • Constipation
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual problems
  • Infertility
  • Post-stroke recovery

Acupuncture is used all over the world for a variety of health problems.  It is also used as a preventive health care practice.  Many people get regular treatments.

What is a treatment like?

The first visit lasts more than an hour.  The practitioner will ask questions about your health history.  It is good to bring a list of medications you take and information on any past surgeries or injuries.  Pulses are felt on both wrists.  The tongue is viewed for shape and color.  A treatment is determined.  Disposable, sterile needles are inserted just under the skin and left for about 20-30 minutes.  Most people feel relaxed and sleepy during a treatment.  

Follow-up treatments last about one hour.  Sometimes other techniques may be used such as cupping, electro-stimulation, gua sha, or moxibustion.  All are painless.

You should drink extra water after a treatment to help cleanse the body.  It is best to wait at least an hour or two after a treatment before resuming any energy demanding activities, exercise, or other therapies such as chiropractic or massage.

The number of treatments required to correct your problem will depend on how long you have had the problem, as well as your general health.  Some people do well with only three to four treatments; others may require 10-12 treatments or more. 

What does it cost?

The initial visit, which includes health history intake, diagnosis, and treatment, costs $98. Follow up treatments cost $68.

Considering that acupuncture often can reduce the need for prescription pain relievers and other medication, can eliminate the need for surgery or speed post-surgery recovery, and can help restore good health, it is a very cost-effective health option. 

Payment is due at the time of treatment. A physician’s referral is not needed. Some insurance programs cover acupuncture treatment. Please check with your insurance company before making an appointment to ask if services by a licensed acupuncturist are covered by your plan. 

What is Oriental Medicine?

This health care practice has been used for more than 3,000 years.  It looks at the cause of problems and works to bring the body back to good health.  It is a holistic approach that works on the mind, body, and spirit.  Oriental medicine includes acupuncture, herbs, massage, exercise, and diet advice - all methods that lead to a balanced lifestyle. 

Practitioners are trained for three to four years in accredited colleges and complete an internship program.  They must pass a national exam and be licensed by the state.