“Why would you pay for someone to stick needles in you….doesn’t that hurt”. Someone said to me when I told them I get acupuncture treatments. I personally have been getting acupuncture since 2008. Below I will address questions people have asked.
What is Acupuncture?
According to the dictionary “A system of complementary medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles, used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West”
A licensed Acupuncture has to attend 3-4 years of schooling but prior to that have 60 semester college credit. They get a Master Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine/Oriental Medicine
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Some Treatments of Acupuncture-
What is Moxa?
Practitioners use moxa to warm regions and acupuncture points with the intention of stimulating circulation through the points and inducing a smoother flow of blood and qi.
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What is Cupping?
Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin; practitioners believe this mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing
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TUI NA Medical Massage
What is Tui Na Medical Massage?
The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press, and rub the areas between each of the joints, known as the eight gates, to attempt to open the body’s defensive (wei) chi and get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles.The practitioner can then use range of motion, traction, and massage, with the stimulation of acupressure points
What is Chinese herbs?
Chinese herbs have been used for centuries. Among the earliest literature are lists of prescriptions for specific ailments. After each Acupuncture visit usually they will prepared a specific formula to help with your aliment.
Acupuncture cost varies depending on location of practitioner. It can range from $65-150 for initial consultation to $50-90 per visit after initial visit. Also herbs per visit can range from $6-12. I used to get acupuncture with the traditionally one on one once per month and than get community acupuncture ($15-35 sliding scale) twice a month because I was on a strict budget. Acupuncture can get pricey but I believe that you should put your health first before you pay for your hair, nails, clothes or etc. Recently I signed up with Wage works from my husbands job and it allows me to visit the acupuncturist once per week /or at least twice a month.
I read in a book that that if you been sick with your aliment for example 3 years you should see your acupuncturist once a week for 3 months. Every year that you been sick equals to a month. It will take that long to see results but its just a rule of thumb every person is different.
I have been to like 6 different acupuncturist. You have to find one that best fits your needs and price affordability. Be careful because you get what you pay for. Currently I go to Washington Acupuncture Clinic in San Leandro her name is Shirley Lee, L.AC. Her prices are extremely reasonable. She charges $65 for initial consultation and $50 for every visit thereafter. Its located at:
2287 Washington Ave
(between 2nd Ave & Marina Blvd)
San Leandro, CA 94577 (510) 352-3168
WHY I LOVE ACPUNCTURE
1. Relaxes your mind and body
2. Soothes aches and pain
3. Allows you to become more aware of your body
4. Getting personalized prepared herb formula
5. Tui Na Medical Massage Feels wonderful (Afterward)
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