According to the NIH, “Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body. In the United States, where practitioners incorporate healing traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries, acupuncture is considered part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)”.
In Traditional Oriental Medicine, practitioners bring balance and harmony to the body, boosting the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Acupuncture is one of many techniques in Oriental Medicine that practitioners use in order to achieve this level of wellness. In acupuncture, a practitioner places sterile, stainless steel, thin needles in the body in order to stimulate certain points that run along meridians.
Meridians, also called Channels, run along the body carrying qi (pronounced “chee”) – the body’s energy. Meridians are like rivers, sometimes overflowing, other times running low, and sometimes blocked. An acupuncturist’s role is to promote smooth flow of qi, by either calming, boosting, or redirecting flow. A healthy body needs free flow of qi, and Acupuncture can provide that.
Recent research reveals how acupuncture works from a Western perspective… the insertion of needles activates the release of endorphins (which helps modulate perception of pain), changes blood flow patterns (affects pain and may contribute to acupuncture’s ability to decrease nausea and vomiting), and affects the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis (which causes the decrease in stress and anxiety levels after treatment). To read the full article, please visit: A Healthy Poke: Demystifying the Science Behind Acupuncture www.theatlantic.com
During the initial visit, Kerri will take a thorough intake and history to have a well-rounded view of your issue(s). After the discussion, Kerri will take about 10 minutes to place the needles in the body. Acupuncture is not supposed to be painful, and Kerri puts every effort into making the needle insertion as painless as possible. Then the patient rests with the needles for about 20-30 minutes. If applicable, Kerri will provide other therapies, such as Moxa or Cupping.
- The initial visit is 1.5 hours ($110**)
- Follow-up visits are 1 hour ($75**).
- Addiction protocol treatments (NADA) are only 30 minutes ($40).
**Discounts for Seniors, Students, Veterans – $90 Initial, $60 Follow-Up. Please discuss with Kerri any special circumstances.
During the initial visit Kerri will discuss the option of herbal supplements as well. Herbs are sold separately, usually $20** for 10 day supply.
**Cost depends on types of herbs, as some herbs are more costly than others.
Please contact your Insurance provider about covering the cost of your visits.
Acceptable Forms of Payment: Cash, Check, or Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, or Health Saving Account cards).
Auricular Acupuncture Patients may have a slightly different experience, for their appointment time may be shorter (30 minutes). Patients who are being treated for addiction may receive the NADA protocol, which is a specific set of points in the ear. The patient will have a shorter intake and will receive 5 needles in each ear and sit with the needles in for about 25 minutes. The appointment will last only 30 minutes, thus the cost will be less than a regular appointment.
Acupuncture Side Effects and Risks: “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners, requiring that needles be manufactured and labeled according to certain standards. For example, the FDA requires that needles be sterile, nontoxic, and labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only. Relatively few complications from the use of acupuncture have been reported to the FDA, in light of the millions of people treated each year and the number of acupuncture needles used.” (NIH)