Medical Acupuncture is performed by a physician who is trained and licensed in conventional Western medicine and has extensive training in acupuncture and Eastern medicine philosophies.
This approach allows the doctor to use a combination of both approaches to treat an illness, injury or chronic condition.
Medical Acupuncture involves positioning very thin needles on various points on the body depending on the symptoms or pain of the patient. Accurate placement of the needles draws energy to the desired areas and allows for positive energy flow. Medical Acupuncture can be effective for treating both injuries and chronic conditions.
Our Medical Acupuncture Services
We treat the following illnesses, injuries or chronic conditions:
- Digestive conditions, including heartburn, excessive stomach acid, hiccups, diarrhea and constipation
- Respiratory ailments, including sinusitis, common cold, seasonal allergies, asthma and bronchitis
- Neurological and muscular conditions, including headaches, migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, acute sprains, tennis elbow and neck/back pain
- Eye conditions such as nearsightedness, cataracts (without complications) and pink eye
- Toothaches, gum disease, etc.
- Post-chemotherapy conditions, including fatigue, pain, dry mouth and dry eyes
Some insurances cover Medical Acupuncture. Both private treatments and group acupuncture are available. Group acupuncture is $40 per session. Patients should wear loose fitting clothing and can expect to sit for 30-45 minutes.
Your Care Team
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed varies from person to person. For complex or chronic conditions, one or two treatments per week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, fewer visits may be required. For health maintenance, four sessions a year may be all that is necessary.
Are there any side effects to the treatment?
As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place. Occasionally, the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work.
It is common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These pass within a short time and do not require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome.
What are the needles like? Do they hurt?
People experience Medical Acupuncture differently. Most patients feel only minimal pain or discomfort as the needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain.
Medical Acupuncture needles are very thin and are made from stainless steel. Insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling. The risk of bruising and skin irritation is less than when using a hollow needle, such as those for drawing blood.
What is Group Acupuncture?
Group treatments are offered for $40 per session. Performed in chairs with several people in the same room, group treatments are a great way to maintain health while keeping the costs down. Group sessions are best for those with musculoskeletal pain and injuries. Medical Acupuncture is only performed along the lower arms and legs, head, ears, feet and shoulders. Patients can expect to sit for 30-45 minutes during the treatment and are welcome to bring headphones to listen to music. Wearing loose fitting clothing so the doctor can easily access acupuncture points is recommended.
Private treatments are recommended for those with complex problems, conditions with emotional aspects or conditions of a private nature.