About Acupuncture for Infertility, Headaches, Cosmetic, and More.
Acupuncture treatment is proven to remedy acute or chronic ailments, relieve pain, enhance recuperative powers and strengthen the immune system. It is also effective in soothing the mind and balancing the bodies hormones and chemicals. Specialties include: Infertility: Naturally, IUI, IVF. Female and Male. Headaches & Migraines. Chronic Pain: Low Back, Neck, Shoulder. Stress, Anxiety and Depression. Cancer Care and Support: Pain, Nausea, Fatigue. Pro Sports Acupuncture. Signs of aging
Acupuncture is a medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness for over 2000 years. It is performed by inserting fine needles into points along the body to stimulate the flow of the body's vital energy and functionality, known as Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’). These acupoints connect to the network of meridians that flow below the surface of the skin into the major organs. When the flow of Qi is disrupted, the body’s systems become imbalanced. This is frequently experienced as illness or pain. The goal of acupuncture is to clear these disruptions and revitalize the flow of energy in the meridians.
Acupuncture treatment is proven to remedy acute or chronic ailments, relieve pain, enhance recuperative powers and strengthen the immune system. It is also effective in soothing the mind and balancing the bodies hormones and chemicals.
What Can I Expect During Acupuncture Treatment?
During your initial consultation the acupuncture practitioner will take a comprehensive history of health and illness. This provides a diagram of the overall state of the body, not just a particular symptom. The practitioner will ask questions, take your pulse and examine your tongue. The initial visit may last up to 90 minutes, including your first treatment. Subsequent visits usually last about 45 minutes and are done on a weekly basis depending on the patient’s needs. The course of treatments can vary widely. Chronic problems may take more treatments to resolve than ones that are acute. Your treatment course will be determined after the initial consultation and re-assessed after each visit.
Conditions We Treat
Pain & Musculoskeletal Disorders – Headaches, Migraine, Neck Pain, TMJ, Low Back Pain, Sciatica, Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Post-Operative Pain, Sprains & Strains, Osteoarthritis, Knee Pain, Frozen Shoulder, Muscle Pain, Joint Pain, Sports Injuries, Tendonitis
Cancer Related Problems – Cancer Pain, Chemotherapy Side Effects
Gastrointestinal & Digestive Disorders – Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Peptic Ulcer, Gastritis, Nausea, Vomiting, Constipation, Diarrhea, Ulcerative Colitis, Cholecystitis, Leaky Gut, Morning Sickness, Chemotherapy Side Effects
Psychological & Emotional Disorders – Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Panic Attacks, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Stress Reduction, Addictions, Anorexia Support
Immune & Endocrine System Disorders – Stimulates Immune Function, Frequent Colds, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, HIV/AIDS Related Symptoms, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Raynauds’s Syndrome, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Hypothyroid Support, Hyperthyroid, Lupus, Scleroderma
Cardiovascular Disorders – Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), High Cholesterol, Angina, Coronary Artery Disease, Hyperlipidemia, Poor Circulation, Anemia Support
Gynecological Disorders & Obstetrics – Infertility, IVF & IUI Support, Amenorrhea (Loss Of Period), Dysmenorrhea (Painful Periods), Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS), Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Endometriosis, Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Menopausal Symptoms, Labor Preparation, Deficient Lactation, Mal-Position Of The Fetus (Breech), Induction Of Labor
Ear, Nose, Throat & Respiratory Disorders – Allergies, Chronic Sinusitis, Sinus Headaches, Meniere’s Disease, Tinnitis, Vertigo, Rhinitis, Asthma, Laryngitis, Hay Fever
Neurological Disorders – Insomnia, Stroke Rehabilitation, Peripheral Neuropathy, Paresis, Hemiplegia, Trigeminal Neurolgia, Bell’s Palsy, Facial Spasm, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons, Tremors
Urogenital Disorders – Urinary Retention, Male Infertility, Azoospermia, Male Sexual Dysfunction, Ejaculation Disorders, Erectile Dysfunction, Prostatitis, Male and Female Incontinence, Painful Urination, Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
Dermatological & Skin Disorders – Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Herpes Zoster, Puritis (Itching)
Pediatric Disorders – Infantile Diarrhea, Chronic Constipation, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD & ADHD)
Frequently Asked Questions
Does acupuncture hurt? The feeling of an acupuncture needle is unique. It is often described as feeling like a mosquito bite, a very heavy sensation at the site or a deep feeling of heat.
What can acupuncture treat? For this I defer to the Conditions Treated section. In summary; chronic and acute pain, internal disorders, women’s health issues, mental and emotional problems, disease and medication side effects.
How many sessions do I have to have before I will feel better? The answer to this depends very heavily on the nature of the problem. To give acupuncture enough time to build on itself and do its work, approximately 4–6 visits are required. Problems that have arisen rather acutely can see improvement within the first few treatments, while long-standing disorders may take longer.
How often do I have to come? Typically, once a week is the best schedule. In cases where the symptoms are rather acute, and also in cases of detoxifying the body (like smoking cessation), 2–3 visits a week can be required.
Does insurance cover acupuncture? For third party insurers such as Blue Cross and Aetna, there is limited coverage for some higher tier plans. Additionally, some plans are limited to treating only certain issues (e.g., back pain, headaches, osteo-arthritis of the knee, etc.) Check with your benefits coordinator to see if you qualify. Alternately, if your benefits are currently being paid by Workman’s Compensation or from an Auto Accident Insurance then the answer is YES, you are covered.
Where do the needles go? The places most needled are from your elbows down to your hands, and from your knees down to your feet. Extra needles may be placed on your abdomen, back and ears depending on your treatment.
Are the needles sterile or are they reused? Each needle is a sterile, single-use needle. After one use it's then placed immediately into a biohazard container. We do not reuse needles.
Are there any side effects to acupuncture? For most people the answer is no. Some people feel energized after a treatment and others feel so relaxed they are ready for a nap. The worst side effect of acupuncture is a hematoma or a bruise caused by the needle. However, the needles are so thin that even when placed right at an artery or vein, the needles manage to go around them and bounce off the arterial walls.
What are the acupoints? The acupoints are the major areas on a meridian where the energy flows closer to the surface and can therefore be more easily manipulated by the use of needle or pressure.
What are the meridians? There are 12 major meridians in the body. Each of the 12 main meridians are connected to an internal organ and provides its respective organ with energy and blood. When the energy in the meridians are not moving properly, they can in turn effect the proper functioning of the organs.
How does acupuncture work? The true answer is we're not sure. There are many theories to acupuncture’s affect on the body, but nothing has been proven. The major current theories involve either the release of endorphins or the excitation of the nerve and lymphatic system