Acupuncture

Acupuncture

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Acupuncture is part of a comprehensive health care system called Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine is based on the theory that we are energetic bodies and that this energy, called Qi, runs through the body in predictable pathways called meridians. When this energy is out of balance, disease or discomfort occurs. Chinese Medicine uses acupuncture needles to access this energy and correct the imbalance.

When coming for acupuncture, the acupuncturist will take your health history, look at your tongue, and take your pulses to determine what acupuncture points will be used for treatment. The needles are of a very fine gauge and usually slip into the skin with little or no sensation. Once the needles are in place, you rest for 20-30 minutes. Most people comment on the relaxing effects of treatment. Based on your condition, the acupuncturist will discuss a follow-up treatment plan with you.

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Lawrence Waechter, L.Ac
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Acupuncture is considered an evidence-based practice for managing chronic pain1

Scientists have only begun research on the variety of applications acupuncture has in the treatment of various mental health and physical health conditions. Many hospitals and doctors are incorporating acupuncture with traditional medical approaches. Common issues for acupuncture include, but are not limited to, pain management, insomnia, respiratory ailments, digestive issues, gynecological disorders, emotional, psychological, and addictive disorders. Many times, acupuncture can provide relief in conditions where Western medicine cannot.

Many major Insurance companies now see the health value for their insured clients and support acupuncture coverage on some policies. Private pay, Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) payments are also always available.

1Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Update of an Individual Patient Data Meta-Analysis Vickers, Andrew J. et al. The Journal of Pain, Volume 19, Issue 5, 455 – 474
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