The practice of acupuncture promotes health and wellbeing by bringing the body, mind, and spirit into balance. Acupuncture stimulates the body's natural healing process by promoting the unrestricted flow of qi (life energy). In your initial 90-minute intake appointment, one of our skilled practitioners will explore your health history and lifestyle so as to create a targeted treatment plan. Subsequent treatment sessions are 60 minutes in length and can be tailored to address both chronic and newly occurring ailments or imbalances.
Shonishin, a needle-free technique, utilizes a series of movements using small tools to stimulate the qi's flow called "dusting." Shonishin combined with herbal therapy and acupressure is sufficient to care for most childhood aliments. In stubborn and complicated cases needles may be used, however only in children 12 years or older are they retained for any length of time. Frequently treated conditions include: Asthma/Allergies, Frequent colds, Digestive complaints/Constipation/Diarrhea, Diaper rash/Yeast infections, Rashes/Hives, Anxiety/Depression, Night terrors/Insomnia, Headaches, Acting out/Disruptive behavior, Bedwetting, Tummy aches, Stress, and Hormone balancing.
Shonishin is a method of treatment for children combining acupressure, massage and occasional, brief (optional) needling. Shonishin translates to “Sho”-Little, “Ni”-children, “Shin”-needle. A tradition developed in Japan during the 17th century, the practice has become popular in the Western world in the last century. This treatment method is usually performed during the week of the full moon. In Japan, clinics are often named after an animal and Shonishin day is indicated by flying the animal’s flag high over the clinic rooftop, inviting the local children in for care.
Why treat at the full moon? At this time in the lunar cycle, symptoms come to the surface more readily. Children often develop fevers, grow taller, or have a tooth break through the gum at this time of the month. It is because of their increased sensitivity that children respond quickly when treated with the building energy of the full moon.
Shonishin treatments boost the immune system, and promote healing by stimulating endorphin production in the body. During treatment, little tools are used to rub, scrape, or tap along the points and meridians. These short treatments rarely include needles and afterwards, children are invited to choose a small prize to take home with them. Kids may begin treatments at birth, and continue until the age of 7 or 8, at which time they can remain still for a longer period of time, and thus begin regular acupuncture treatments.
Treating children once per month encourages preventative care and a sense of importance in maintaining self-care over a lifetime. Often, children receiving regular care will be able to decrease or eliminate the use of allopathic/prescription medicines. These short well-child treatments also allow the child to get to know the practitioner before they are ill so that they will be more comfortable receiving treatment when they are in need.
Acupuncture is used in the first trimester of pregnancy to balance hormones by regulating the endocrine system. Optimal blood flow to the uterus is maintained, thus supporting healthy fetal development. Women are usually seen weekly, or bi-weekly for stubborn conditions such as Morning (all-day) sickness/Nausea, Hyperemesis (persistent vomiting), Fatigue, Headaches, Bleeding/spotting, Bloating and digestive concerns (constipation, lack of appetite), or threat of Miscarriage.
In the second trimester, care is focused on digestive complaints and maintaining balance in the nervous system. Women are seen monthly in order to maintaining the pregnancy balance, or weekly if facing persistent Heartburn, Anemia, Hemorrhoids, Constipation, Gestational diabetes, Pregnancy-induced Hypertension (high blood pressure), Insomnia, Rhinitis of pregnancy, or Musculoskeletal conditions (pelvic pain, round ligament pain, sciatica, low back pain).
In the third trimester, TCM continues to support the structure of the body to provide relief from pain, optimal positioning of the baby and prepare the mother physically and emotionally for labor. Women without acute symptoms are seen monthly until 32 weeks then bi-monthly until 36 weeks, then weekly for pre-birth acupuncture, until delivery. In the final weeks of pregnancy, Acupuncture is used to relieve Sciatica, Pelvic pain, Anxiety, Edema (swelling), Carpal tunnel syndrome, and to prepare the body for labor.
The use of TCM and acupuncture in the postpartum period helps provide a more complete recovery after birth by encouraging the uterus to return to its pre-pregnant state, control bleeding, reduce fatigue, encourage adequate milk supply, and prevent postpartum depression. Home visits are encouraged for the first one to two months after delivery to help with Fatigue, Postpartum depression, Postpartum bleeding/discharge, Mastitis (breast infections and clogged milk ducts), Insufficient or excessive lactation, Post-operative healing, night sweats/hot flashes, and stress.
|60-min Pediatric Intake||$72||$80|
|30-min Pediatric Follow-up||$63||$70|
|15-min Pediatric Shonishin Clinic||$36||$40|
|Acupuncture Home Visit (Local)||$139.50||$155|
|Acupuncture Home Visit (Out of Area)||$207||$230|
|Pre-birth Ripening Treatments||$486 for 6 sessions in wks 36-39 of pregnancy||$540 for 6 sessions in wks 36-39 of pregnancy|