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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)


How do you know you may need Traditional Chinese Medicine?


You want to take a non-medical approach to your health.


You’re trying to balance your hormones and/or improve fertility.


You want to reduce inflammation and pain in your body.


You’re ready to improve your overall health.


What health conditions may Traditional Chinese Medicine help alleviate?

Traditional Chinese Medicine encompasses multiple modalities. In our office, we offer acupuncture (Five Element and TCM), massage, herbal medicine, cupping, nutrition counseling, and exercise support. Traditional Chinese Medicine may help a wide variety of health conditions including:

  • Chronic pain
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Digestive issues (ex. constipation or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS))
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fertility
  • Nausea
  • Indigestion
  • Cancer recovery or chemotherapy symptoms
  • PMS or menopause symptoms
  • and more!

TCM Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture is one of the main acupuncture treatment approaches in Chinese medicine and the one most commonly practiced by western acupuncturists.

The goal of TCM Acupuncture is to restore harmony in the body through acupuncture points and by balancing the energy or chi along the body’s meridians. It’s thought that the acupuncture points correlate to stimulating the nervous system and produce the desired effect (ex. pain relief).

Could you benefit from Traditional Chinese Medicine?

We don’t treat the symptoms. We treat you.

With our holistic approach to patient care, we know that alleviating the symptoms matter, but we never lose sight of the bigger picture: your health.

Traditional Chinese Medicine providers evaluate the body using information about your health history and your initial exam. Your provider may also complete a tongue and/or pulse diagnoses. The symptoms are alleviated by treating the health condition through a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, and exercise.

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Understanding TCM acupuncture.

TCM acupuncture is based in Chinese medicine. In this system of acupuncture, fine acupuncture needles are inserted into meridian points to unblock your chi or energy that flows through the body. We can become ill when the chi becomes unbalanced or blocked—in the mind, body, and/or spirit. By inserting the needles into particular points, an acupuncturist works to restore the flow of energy and alleviate symptoms.

TCM acupuncture is different than other approaches, because it is an acute/chronic-based diagnosis approach. This approach takes into account the physical components of illness and specifies which meridians or organs may be out of balance based on the symptoms of the illness. TCM is a symptomatic approach to diagnosing and treating conditions. For example, if your wrist hurts, the acupuncturist will most likely put needles in acu points along or near the wrist.


Traditional Chinese Medicine FAQs

TCM practitioners in our clinic provide acupuncture as their primary treatment. Your provider may also recommend specific herbs or supplements to help improve your health.

The number and frequency of acupuncture treatments required depends on the patient’s unique health situation and their personal wellness goals. Acute problems may need only four or five treatments. For chronic or longstanding health ailments, a regimen of two to three treatments per week for several months may be required. Individuals who simply want to maintain their current health can often benefit from just three or four treatments a year.

Determining how many acupuncture treatments you will need begins with an initial consultation one of our acupuncturists. After this consultation, you will receive a Report of Findings. This provides an opportunity to discuss what your acupuncturist has found based upon your exam, health history, and any additional information presented. The Report of Findings also includes the number of acupuncture treatments suggested by the acupuncturist for your unique situation.

As a general rule, many patients notice that the symptoms of their condition begin to improve within three to ten treatments. While the symptoms may decrease during your first few appointments, additional visits may be necessary to alleviate the cause of the condition.

Acupuncture coverage varies based on your insurance plan. We are in-network with many companies, but acupuncture is not covered on most plans. We will run your insurance benefits prior to your first appointment, so that you know what is covered before receiving treatment.

The cost of the acupuncture exam is $150.00. The total cost for a new patient acupuncture appointment including an acupuncture exam, acupuncture consult, and the first acupuncture session is $225.00.

An acupuncture treatment session is $75.00. This fee does not include the new patient acupuncture consult.

dry needling treatment session ranges from $75.00 to $100.00 and is based on the number of regions treated. This fee does not include the new patient acupuncture consult.

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