What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture was developed in China more than 2,000 years ago but did not become popular in the United States until 1971. Acupuncture is a form of healing through the stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. It is a method of balancing and building the body's energy known as Qi. Disease is the result of imbalance or blockage in the body's natural energy flow. Treatments incorporate the use of natural medicinal plants (herbs), acupuncture, massage, nutrition, meditation, and exercise. Acupuncture involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.
What is community acupuncture?
Community acupuncture is personalized care with complete respect for the privacy of your personal history, with the treatment conducted in a common area while seated in reclining chairs. Points on the arms, legs, and ears are used to effectively treat all conditions so there is no need to disrobe. We have six recliners and one table is available if a back treatment is indicated. It's best to wear loose fitting clothing so acupoints can be accessed. Many people fall asleep, and wake feeling refreshed.
What to expect?
A thorough medical history will be taken in a private setting. Questions will be asked about the primary complaint and overall health including sleep, digestion and emotional state. Three pulses on each wrist will be checked and the tongue will be examined. After gathering all the information a differentiation and treatment plan will be formed. Needles are inserted into the skin at specific points and manipulated until a Qi sensation is felt. Qi sensations are different for everyone and are often described as heaviness, tingling numbness or nothing at all. The needles may be left in for 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the ailment. Many people become extremely relaxed and may fall asleep during or immediately aftesr treatment. Some patients experience drastic improvement after a few treatments. For others with chronic long term conditions more treatments may be needed.
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture needles are solid, slender stainless steel rods that are sterile and single use. Unlike hypodermic needles that are hollow and require cutting edges to penetrate the skin, acupuncture needles vary in size from the width of a hair strand to the width of a sewing needle. Patients may feel sensations such as warmth, numbness, itching, a heaviness or something that is hard to describe. All are signs that the area is being stimulating. The sensation a patient feels depends on the size of the needle, the area and depth of penetration, and the patient's sensitivity. If the sensation the patient feels is pain the practitioner should be notified immediately.
What can acupuncture treat?
- Acute, Chronic and Postoperative Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chemotherapy Related Nausea and Vomiting
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Emotional Disorders
- Preventative Medicine
- Sports Injury
- Irritable Bowel
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Women's Health Concerns such as:
- Menstrual Irregularity and Pain
- Support during pregnancy
What are Chinese herbs?
Chinese herbs are composed of roots, bark, flowers, seeds, fruits, leaves, and branches. In China, there are over 3000 different herbs that can be used for medical purposes but only 300 to 500 of these herbs are commonly used. We prescribe patent formulas used for generations for common illnesses. They are tiny herbal pellets which are taken two to three times daily. While chinese herbs can help enhance treatments they are not required.
Can I buy a gift certificate?
A gift certificate is a great way to introduce someone to acupuncture and herbal medicine. It is also a wonderful gift to give someone who is currently a patient. Electronic gift cards can be purchased online here: Order Gift Cards
Do you accept walk-ins?
No. We are a busy clinic. Treatments are by appointment only.
How do I make an appointment?
Appointments can be made using our online scheduler.
We have a strict NO SHOW policy. The link in the confirmation email can be used to cancel your appointment online up to 12 hours in advance or we require 24 hour notice of cancellation by phone or email. We will charge you a $25 NO SHOW fee regardless of the reason if appointments aren't cancelled in the appropriate amount of time.
How much does it cost?
1st treatment: $50 – $70
Follow up treatments: $25 - $50
You decide how much you can afford.
Do you accept insurance?
No. We do not file insurance claims of any kind. We can provide you a printed receipt upon request.
What are your hours?
Denise Saad, L.Ac. Hours:
Monday, Wednesday 2:20pm - 4:20pm
Tuesday, Thursday 8:00am - 1:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 12:00pm
Jennifer Johnston, L.Ac. Hours:
Monday, Wednesday 8:00am - 1:00pm
Thursday 2:20pm - 5:20pm
Friday 1:20pm - 5:20pm
Saturday 9:00am - 1:00pm