Acupuncture is a collection of procedures involves the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques, such as penetrating the skin with thin needles that are then manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation. It is one of the key components of traditional Oriental medicine, and is among the oldest healing practices in the world. According to the traditional Oriental medicine approach, stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of “Qi” through channels known as meridians.
In traditional Oriental culture, Qi (also chi or ch’i) is an active principle forming part of any living thing like vitality and vital energy. Qi is frequently translated as “life energy”, “life force”, or “energy flow”. Qi is the central underlying principle in traditional Oriental medicine and martial arts. The literal translation of “Qi” is “breath”, “air”, or “gas”.
The ancient Asian described it as “life force”. They believed Qi permeated everything and linked their surroundings together. They likened it to the flow of energy around and through the body, forming a cohesive and functioning unit. By understanding its rhythm and flow they believed they could guide exercises and treatments to provide stability and longevity.
Acupuncture’s use for certain conditions has been endorsed by the United States National Institutes of Health, the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the following symptoms, diseases and conditions that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture:
low back pain
periarthritis of the shoulder
facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction
induction of labor
correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)
nausea and vomiting
adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
acute bacillary dysentery
acute and chronic gastritis
In traditional Oriental medicine cupping is a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum on the patient’s skin to dispel stagnation—stagnant blood and lymph, thereby improving qi flow—to treat diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis. Cupping also is used on back, neck, shoulder, joints and other musculoskeletal conditions.
Acupressure (a blend of “acupuncture” and “pressure”) uses physical pressure applied to acupuncture points by the hand, elbow, or with various devices.
Electro-acupuncture is a form of acupuncture in which acupuncture needles are attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses. Another term is percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.
Ear acupuncture is a form of acupuncture developed in China and France which is based on the assumption of reflexological representation of the entire body in the outer ear.
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Auto accident / Personal injury cases / Travelers’ insurance
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$120 for 1 hour acupuncture treatment
$90 for 30 minute acupuncture treatment
$510 for 5 acupuncture treatments (1 hour each)
$960 for 10 acupuncture treatments (1 hour each)
We accept major health insurances for acupuncture services and we offer verification of your acupuncture coverage as a courtesy service.
Health insurances (United Health Care, Cigna, Aetna, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, BCBS, Kaiser, Health Net, etc.)
Auto insurance (med pay, personal injury cases)
(Patient is responsible for co-payment/co-insurance and deductible based upon patient’s insurance benefits and coverage)
The cash price reflects our discounted out-of-pocket fee. If you are using your insurance, our regular fee schedule will be applied.
If you have a health saving account or a flexible spending account through your employer, you may also be eligible to cover the cost of our services.