Cost of Services
- $100 for First hour and a half session (additional charge for Herbs)*^
- $85 for 60-min long follow up visits*^
- $75 for 60 min of Qigong/Meditation/Tai Chi*
What is Acupuncture?
It is unknown exactly how old Acupuncture really is, but we can date it near 2000-2300 years ago. One of the first known written medical texts was composed somewhere in that time frame: The Huangdi NeiJing, better known as “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic”. This is one of the first books to go in depth about acupuncture and even in some degrees how the human body works physiologically.
Since this time, many other books have been written about Acupuncture, Herbs and Asian Medicine in general. Many of these Ancient texts are considered “The Classics” or Ancient texts detailing the use of Asian Medicine to heal. Ancient Acupuncture actually involved 9 different needles described in the Neijing. These needles were initially made from precious stone such as jade, then progressed to other metals (copper, bronze, gold and silver) to modern day needles that are typically made of Stainless Steel.
However, some practitioners will still use Gold and Silver needles, or even Copper and Zinc to treat specific conditions. These needles are far different from the Hypodermic needles we are familiar with in the west. First off they are solid (whereas a Hypodermic needle is hollow) and Acupuncture needles are much smaller. In fact, the largest needles Acupuncturists typically use can be fit inside the Western needles 5-10 times!
The needles used are sterilized, separately packaged, and at Water by the River Asian Medicine Clinic, EVERY needle is disposed of after one use. All Licensed Acupuncturists (L.Ac) go through a C.N.T. (Clean Needle Technique) course that trains all of us how to properly use needles and protect the patient. After this course all L.Ac’s must pass a National Exam on C.N.T. in order to even get their National License.
So in short, Acupuncture is using small needles to stimulate specific points along Meridians in the Human body. These needles maybe inserted all over the body, seemingly far away from affected areas of dis-ease. One of the big questions with Acupuncture is “Is it painful?” To be perfectly honest, we are inserting needles within the skin, so it is impossible to say that it is completely “painless”. However, we can say that most patients report that it is not that painful at all and is very enjoyable once gotten used to. **If you are curious about Acupuncture, as with any other treatments, please consult your practitioner.
What is Tui Na?
Tui Na, or Chinese Medical Massage therapy, translates literally as “Push Grasp”. Some methods may resemble the light and smooth massage as we have come to know. Whereas others maybe similar to the more aggressive types of massage (Deep tissue, fascia release etc.) in order to provide a greater therapeutic effect. Tui Na massage can range from simple Acupressure to a full treatment plan. Most techniques of Tui Na are easy and simple enough that practitioners may often teach these techniques to their patients as home therapy. **If you are curious about Tui Na, as with any other treatments, please consult your practitioner.
What is Moxibustion?
Moxibustion (Moxa), is a technique specific to Asian Medicine. While its use may vary throughout Asia, its use is very simple. Moxibustion use the Herb Ai Ye (Artemisia Vulgaris, better known as Mugwort) and it is usually picked, aged, then powdered into a find “fluff”. The herb is then used by a practitioner in a few different forms.
Indirect Moxa is when a practitioner burns Ai ye (Mugwort) away from the skin. This maybe done by rolling the Herb into a Cigar like tube and lighting it on fire and holding it over the area of treatment. The other form of Indirect Moxa, is when something maybe placed between the skin and the Moxa. This may include, but not limited to, Ginger slices, Garlic Slices, Sea Salt, Thin strips of wax paper etc. The Moxa is then lit and burned until the patient feels a comfortable warmth it is then removed and another piece of Moxa is placed on again.
Direct Moxa is when there is nothing placed between the skin and the Moxa. This can increase the therapy’s effectiveness and increase the warmth, the same procedure is done as described above. There is a Japanese Technique called “Rice Grain” Moxa, where the practitioner makes the Moxa as small as a Rice grain (or even down to the size of a thread) and burns it over the point. The result with this technique is that it is faster and more intense in the warmth. In the hands of an experienced practitioner this will maintain a great and steady warmth for the patient.
What Does Moxa Treat?
Moxibustion traditionally is indicated for “Low Energy” symptoms or issues. Where there is a deficiency of Qi in the patient, as this is the idea behind why Moxa is so effective, it adds energy to the body. However, the Japanese have taken Moxa to a whole new level and will use it in nearly every condition to great success. Modern Japanese research is showing that Moxibustion is effective in raising blood cell counts (Both Red and White blood cells), even increasing blood flow. It has also been seen to be effective in treating chronic pain issues, hormonal imbalances among numerous other diseases.
Cautions of Moxa:
The biggest caution with Moxa is that since the Herb is burning over the skin is a burn. The goal with any treatment is to leave a slight red spot. However, in the hands of an experienced practitioner there is little chance of a burn. At Water by the River Asian Medicine clinic we will always put down an Herbal Anti-burn cream whenever we do Direct Moxibustion. **If you are curious about Moxibustion, as with any other treatments, please consult your practitioner.
Keeping your constant state of health in mind a Asian Medicine Practitioner may also prescribe Herbal Therapy. This allows you to take herbs home and continue to heal in between the physical treatments provided.
What is Herbal Therapy?
Herbal Medicine literally dates back 1000s of years, it would be nearly impossible to put an exact date on the practice since Man has always used herbs for Medicine. Some of the Herbs used in the Asian Pharmacopeia is even food, for example the now common Gou Qi Zi or Wolfberries. Sometimes Herbal Medicine and Diet therapy is so entwined it can be impossible to tell them apart.
In China there is a saying “Is food Herbs? Or are Herbs food?” It is a possibility that the quote above is the reason there are literally 1000s of herbs in the Pharmacopeia of Asian Herbal Medicine. While the the prescription of Asian Herbs is, quite simply giving a patient herbs, the application can go incredibly in-depth. An Asian Medicine practitioner may in fact use Raw Herbs which would enable him or her to make a custom herbal prescription to the patient. Meaning, that the formula made is made specifically for you and would not work in the same way for another.
The biggest issue with Raw Herbs is that they require prep time for the patient. They are usually made in the form of Tea or soup. Where the herbs are steeped in water for almost 2 hours. Unfortunately, in this day and age, most patients do not have the time needed to cook Raw Herbs. Keeping this in mind other practitioners may use Powdered Herbs for the same reason as above, however, they are easier to store and quicker to use for the patient.
Finally we have both Pians, or pills and Herbal Tinctures. Pians are simply pill form of the herbs or herbal formula, they are not as concentrated as the preparations above, but can be easily suited to the busy Western Lifestyle, the other option is Tinctures. Tinctures, are herbs that have been soaked and made in an alcohol base. These tinctures are taken with a simple squirt of the Herbs under the tongue, where they are absorbed directly into the blood stream. They are fast acting, concentrated, potent and easy to use, thus providing one of the most effective ways to administer herbs.
Cautions with Herbs:
This day and age it is getting increasingly easier to get, not only Asian Herbs, but other herbs as well. In fact, in some Natural Health Food stores you can even get some Asian Medicine Formulas or patents. Unfortunately, this is not regulated and it becomes increasingly easy to self-medicate, Practitioners of Herbal Medicine have spent Years and 1000s of hours studying the various side effects of herbs, cautions of herbs, when to mix, when not to and most important when to properly use them. Because of the new ability to self medicate we are seeing an increase in people, wrongly medicating with herbs causing more damage to themselves. In this case, it is important to talk with your Practitioner about herbs, so they can prescribe the best herbs for you.