Acupuncture at AIM
Acupuncture is an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is used to treat a wide array of conditions, from aches and pains, to insomnia, to depression and anxiety, and more.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture is the most well known aspect of Chinese Medicine, and part of an Integrative approach to your health care. Each of the organs of the body has its own associated meridian: channels or pathways of energy. In an acupuncture treatment, very fine needles are inserted into points along the meridians with the aim of bringing the body to a point of balance and harmony. Every aspect of the patient's life is considered by the practitioner before the points are selected – sometimes it may be impossible to change someone's life circumstance, but by using Acupuncture the person may be strengthened so that they are more easily able to deal with what life brings their way.
A visit to an Acupuncturist will usually take an hour, with the needles being left in place for 20-45 minutes of that time, depending on the patient’s needs. Very often people go into a state of deep relaxation whilst the needles are in place and many drift off into a brief but sound sleep.
Acupuncture and TCM Pricing
AIM does bill accepted insurances for acupuncture visits. Please keep in mind that often insurance does not pay for Cupping or other specialized treatments, and in that case, patients may be billed a charge for such services. In other cases, cupping or other specialized treatments may be billed as manual therapy when possible.
Our cash prices are below for those who do not have acupuncture benefits, and we also offer a 10% discount for packages of 5 treatments or more.
First Office Call $120 (approximately 1.5 hours, including a detailed review of symptoms)
Return Office Call $85 (approximately 45 minutes)
Add-Ons Available (Prices Vary)
In addition to acupuncture, a visit may also include other modalities to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment:
· Moxibustion (application of heat through the burning of a plant (artemisia vulgaris) on or near the body
· Cupping (a type of manual therapy in which localized suction is used to improve circulation and reduce pain)
· Gua Sha (a type of manual therapy in which the skin is rubbed or scraped)
· Tui Na (a type of manual therapy that is similar to massage)
· Qi Gong (a type of Energy Massage)
Your acupuncturist may also provide suggests on diet, exercise, or recommend herbal products.
At AIM, our practitioners may also include tuning forks, electrical stimulation/TENS, essential oils, or Thai massage, and cold laser as part of their treatments.