Acupuncture

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. With Acupuncture, the body’s balance of qi and yin and yang can be restored.

 

 

 

 

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 Moxibustion or Cupping.

  • The initial visit is 1.5 hours ($110**)
  • Follow-up visits are 1 hour ($75**)
  • IVF Embryo Transfer (done at the Fertility Clinic – $125-200)
  • 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.

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.

IVF Embryo Transfer Treatments: Kerri can perform on site Acupuncture treatments in fertility clinics before embryo transfer.  Currently she has privileges at:

Shady Grove Fertility in Chesterbrook, PA (https://www.shadygrovefertility.com/locations/pennsylvania/chesterbrook)

and Main Line Fertility Center in Bryn Mawr, PA (https://www.mainlinefertility.com)

Research, as well as clinical experience, has shown Acupuncture to be effective in increasing implantation and live birth rates. Originally, the research was based on Acupuncture being performed before and after transfer. However,  new studies and experience have shown that receiving an Acupuncture treatment just before transfer – and not including after transfer – is just as effective.

Kerri utilizes the proper protocol, but also may tailor the treatment, if needed, to fit the specific needs of the patient. This treatment helps with blood flow, prepares the body for implantation, and relaxes both body and mind.

Price ranges from $125-$200 depending on clinic and situation.

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).

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)