Acupuncture involves placing very thin filiform needles into specific areas of the body to facilitate the movement of Qi . Typically after an initial assessment which involves an initial intake, observation of the tongue and other physical characteristics (complexion, skin texture, posture, etc…), palpation of the pulse, abdomen, extremities and areas of pain and discomfort, the practitioner then chooses specific channels or meridians to manipulate with the intention of facilitating a positive response. Generally the client is left to rest and focus on the body for 20-30 minutes.
Other aspects of a treatment sometimes include a TDP lamp --which is an infrared heat lamp that provides deep, penetrating heat into areas of pain and/or weakness. Gua Sha is also common and this involves using a small tool, often flat, to scrape areas of the body in an attempt to draw out deep stagnations or “Sha”. Cupping involves using glass cups (or sometimes plastic) to dredge out stagnations as well and is particularly helpful in accelerating the healing of torn, injured muscles. Moxabustion involves the burning of the herb Ai Ye (Mugwort) in various forms --either directly on the skin with a barrier of some sort to prevent burning, or it can be rolled and placed on the end of a needle or even burned and held above the skin in order to warm an area of the body. Moxa can also be placed in a metal container, wrapped in cloth and placed on specific areas of concern.
Herbal Medicine is a major component of Oriental Medicine with many of the common formulas used today dating back 2,000-3,000 years. Some formulas and herbs have
a medicinal history of up to 10000 years. In fact, the Chinese Materia Medica of herbal medicines is unsurpassed in its scope and knowledge. Not only did the Chinese experiment with virtually every substance the world provided but they pain-stakingly chronicled herbs according to very specific criteria that allowed practitioners to understand the general nature of a substance as well as its more specific effects on the flow of Qi, blood, yin and yang.
At The Shendao Family Wellness Center we maintain a broad pharmacy of herbal medicines in a variety of forms. We have teapills, tablets and granular single herbs and granular herbal formulas. Teapills and tablets are certainly the most convenient but granular formulas offer higher concentration and the ability to be tailored to a client’s particular needs. Which form to utilize is largely a decision between doctor and patient as to which form will increase compliance.
Clients not interested in acupuncture can pursue herbal treatment alone as an option. A fee for herbal consultation will be charged as well as the cost of the herbs provided.
Initial Assessment & Treatment $90.00
Acupuncture Treatment $60.00
Financial need considerations will be made for those that are not able afford standard fees.
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Call your insurance company to see if acupuncture is covered in your plan.