Acupuncture has many uses including:
We see illness as either depletion or congestion. Depletion's are weakness, fatigue, frequent illness, poor digestion or inadequate circulation. Congestion's are aches, pain, tension, tenderness, irritability, or swelling. Western medicine has little for nagging or chronic complaints; acupuncture often helps. The two approaches can be successfully integrated.
Japanese Style Acupuncture is gentle, effective & without herbs. After WWII, Japan trained blind men in acupuncture and women in shiatsu massage. A sighted herbalist was located in a separate office. (In Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncturists are trained in the three areas.) We use gentle body therapies which include non-needle options. Needles are "hair thin & solid" and by law, pre-sterilized, single use. Our non-needle options include acupressure, gwa sha, tuina, shiatsu massage, heat, moxa, tapping, NET, & therapeutic movement. We do not offer injection therapy.
Lifestyle: When indicated, we may suggest home or dietary "tweaks" or optional lab tests, especially when discomfort may have environmental causes.
Movement: Ann has taught yoga for over 25 yrs. She often incorporates gentle restorative stretches into the work.
How does acupuncture work? By using the body's energy (Qi) to interact with the two polar principles (Yin/Yang) we achieve better health. In the Yin/Yang system, six areas are needed to arrive at a diagnosis and treatment strategy. They are: 1) "Constituents" Qi, Blood, Moisture, Spirit, Essence. 2) "Organ Networks" Heart, Spleen, Lungs, Liver, Kidneys. 3) "Body Climates" Wind, Damp, Dryness, Heat, Cold. 4) Yin/Yang balance. 5) observation & evaluation of 27 tongue presentations & 18 wrist pulse positions. 6) your narrative. Your unique "pattern of disharmony" is often treated using points along 14 Meridians (6 Yin/Yang pairs & 2 center line pathways.
Covid-19. Due to the worldwide pandemic, we are limiting our practice to fully vaccinated individuals. We follow CDC guidelines requiring masks indoors with a signed consent.
Time: Plan to be in the office about an hour. A few established patients may be offered half hour sessions for "addictions" using National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocols.
Would acupuncture conflict with my medications? No, acupuncture is often a part of an overall integrated approach to healing. Please continue your western medications. However, if your goal is to reduce medications, we will work with you & your prescribing physician to achieve your goal(s).
Do you make house calls? (temporarily unavailable).
Costs + Coverage: We charge $80/hour; $45/half hour, and accept cash, checks, + credit cards.
With your health savings account (HSA) you are 100% covered. With health insurance, call your plan to see if you are covered. If yes, we give a “superbill" you file for reimbursement.
Medicare still does not provide direct reimbursement to independent, licensed acupuncturists.
Buyer Beware: Licensed acupuncturist's have trained for over 2,000 hrs. MDs + Chiro's may claim "certification" after a weekend workshop. Please choose a a licensed, accredited program graduate.