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123 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19106

215-627-3782

The Healing Arts Center provides everything you need to reach your health and wellness goals. Whether you're seeking acute or chronic pain relief, stress reduction, help with infertility, physical rehabilitation, anti-aging treatments or just plain relaxation, our staff are here to provide safe, effective treatment and classes to help you on your way. Our center's goal is to maximize your body's function, increase energy, give you a higher self-esteem and provide an overall improvement in your quality of life.

We named it the Healing Arts Center because every practitioner on the team has a wide repertoire of integrative techniques and treatments to draw upon. We believe the art of healing is in the creative application of techniques and the mix should always be fresh, responding to the demands of the moment. After all, we believe every patient is unique and every day presents a new challenge that demands our creativity.

SubSpecialities: Acupuncture for Headaches & Migraines, Cancer Support & Cosmetic

The Healing Arts Center offers Acupuncture for Headaches & Migraines, Cancer Support & fighting the signs of aging with cosmetic acupuncture. 

Subspecialities

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Acupuncture for Headaches & Migraines

According to the American Migraine Study, more than 28 million Americans suffer from migraines or severe headaches, 80% being women. Though a doctor should be your first visit to rule out significant neurological or cardiovascular problems, many patients have found the treatment options of Western medicine to be limited. Most pain medications simply mask the pain, give only temporary relief or can even cause “rebound headaches,” making the original pain return. According to a new analysis conducted by Duke University Medical Center, acupuncture has been shown to be more effective than medication in reducing the severity and frequency of chronic headaches.

There are many different types of headaches and the beauty of acupuncture is that everyone is treated holistically as an individual. 


Acupuncture for Cancer Support

All of the myriad types of cancer come with their own symptoms and problems, as do the medications and treatments. Acupuncture is a useful complement to the primary care provided by your oncologist. Whether you are receiving radiation, gamma knife or chemotherapy, some of the side effects may be relieved by doing regular acupuncture alongside your protocol.

We will work with your oncology team to coordinate the most effective acupuncture treatment for your needs. This includes the timing of your treatments and the number of treatments. Our services aim to provide relief with a minimal number of treatments throughout your course of oncology care. Some patients prefer acupuncture to help them prepare for treatment, while others respond best a few days after chemo or nuclear treatment.

We can also visit you in the hospital and provide acupuncture treatment to help manage your pain. Our experience has shown acupuncture helps expedite recovery from surgery and lessen the need for opioids.

Acupuncture has been shown to:

  • Reduce nausea, vomiting and fatigue associated with chemotherapy

  • Relieve pain  from neuropathy, incisions, tumors or chronic issues

  • Help manage stress and balance the mood swings from anxiety & depression

  • Reduce or eliminate hiccups

  • Treat dry mouth or Xerostomia

  • Increase the appetite

  • Reduce or eliminate hot flashes and night sweats

  • Decrease the incidence and increase sensation of neuropathy

  • Increase T-cell and Nk killer cell count to help fight rogue cancer cells


Cosmetic Acupuncture

I think it’s amazing and I really have tried so many other alternatives,” said acupuncture patient Terri Ackerman. She made the discovery by accident. She initially tried acupuncture to ease pain in her neck and jaw. “It did have cosmetic benefits as a sort of added benefit,” said Terri. It’s called an acupuncture facelift. The needles known for relieving pain are becoming a popular beauty treatment. “Acupuncture needles are very tiny. They’re coated with silicone so they glide right in,” said Sheri McLellan Kraus, an acupuncturist with the Healing Arts Center of Philadelphia.
— Excerpt from CBS’s Health Watch Report on Our Cosmetic Acupuncture Program:

Also known as facial rejuvenation, cosmetic acupuncture is a virtually painless, non-surgical method of reducing the signs of the aging process. Fine lines may be entirely erased, deeper lines reduced and bags around neck and eyes firmed. Cosmetic acupuncture has been featured in USA Today and MSNBC/Reuters as the equivalent of an acupuncture face-lift.

How Does it Work?

Very thin disposable needles are inserted into the acupuncture points on the face. This superficial insertion will increase local circulation to the face and stimulate collagen production, filling out the lines and giving firmness to the skin for a healthy, glowing complexion. Acupuncture works from the inside out. For example, after a careful examination of a patient who has premature wrinkles, the acupuncturist might uncover high stress levels, poor digestion and weak elimination. The root of the problem is linked to these deeper issues so the practitioner will treat that as well as the wrinkles themselves. This is a holistic approach.

What is a course of treatment?

Cosmetic acupuncture is traditionally done in a series of 10 weekly treatments for the best results. Once the series is done, we recommend a seasonal visit to maintain results. Some people will also come in to prepare for special occasions or simply as a treat. 

However, each patient responds to treatment differently according to their age and lifestyle. A recent study published in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture showed that of 300 people who received facial acupuncture, 90% saw marked improvements after one course of treatment. The length of time the results last depend on several factors, including your lifestyle, exercise regimen, nutrition plan and stress levels. In general, a well-managed regimen yields enormous benefits that go far beyond restoring a youthful appearance. Women who opt for cosmetic acupuncture often see improvements in mood, increased energy levels, better digestion and sleep cycles, and fewer hot flashes and night sweats. 

How should I prepare for treatment?

The patient should arrive fifteen minutes early to fill out the medical intake form before the session begins. It is best to come dressed in loose, comfortable clothing. Long hair should be kept back with a headband or elastic. Skin should be washed and free of makeup.

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