Acupuncture is an ancient system of energy medicine which stimulates your body’s natural ability to heal itself. Throughout the body – and along particular meridians or pathways (where Acupuncture points are located) – there is a form of electrical sensitivity. Acupuncture taps into those electrical energy pathways to correct imbalances.
Our highly-trained practitioner uses traditional, cold laser, auricular, and electrical current Acupuncture techniques to alleviate a wide variety of physical and emotional conditions. She specializes in creating a personalized approach for each client that often integrates several protocols from multiple Acupuncture systems:
- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – relieves and balances physical symptoms and patterns
- Five Element Taoist Acupuncture – relieves/balances interior emotional levels of body-mind-spirit
- Balance Method – integrates the Five Element and TCM systems
- Auricular Therapy (outer ear) – treats entire body through ear points, often needle-free
- Electrical stimulation – needle-free, gentle electrical current
- Laser Acupuncture – non-invasive cold laser
- Acupuncture Detox – releases toxins from major cleansing organs (works really well with Ionic Foot Detox Bath!)
We invite you to come experience the many benefits of Acupuncture.
Although the most common ailments presented to an Acupuncturist tend to be pain related conditions, Acupuncture also treats:
- Stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia
- Psychological/emotional disorders
- Immune support and illness prevention
- Addictions to carbs, alcohol, tobacco, drugs
- Digestive disorders
- Osteoarthritis, back pain and other musculoskeletal issues
- Inflammation anywhere in the body
- Headaches, allergies, migraines
- Fertility, painful periods, hormone irregularities, PMS, menopause
- Trigeminal Neuralgia, Bell’s Palsy, TMJ
- Oncology support/fatigue and discomfort associated with chemotherapy
What to Expect
The Acupuncture room is a calming and nurturing private space that promotes relaxation and healing.
Our Approach for Your Sessions
After intensively discussing your health history and wellness goals, we’ll develop a tailored treatment plan. Each client (and condition) responds differently to Acupuncture – and requires personalized, attentive care, with the aim of resolving the underlying imbalances leading to states of illness.
While you’ll experience symptom relief in one visit, we usually recommend a series of sessions. Dietary and lifestyle changes will also be discussed and recommended.
Depending upon your preference (and our recommendations), we’ll use thin needles, a light-laser, or electrical current – or a combination of approaches – to stimulate your trigger points (meridians) and restore balance to body systems’ functions and energy flow.
Traditional Acupuncture (TCM)
TCM is a time-honored, trusted and spiritual experience. And, most clients find comfort in the ritual and its results. Traditional Acupuncture relieves distressing physical symptoms and patterns (e.g., post-surgery pain management, nausea symptoms from chemotherapy, and inflammatory conditions), and helps to restore overall health and balance.
We’ll stimulate specific meridian points by inserting sterilized, disposable stainless-steel needles (that are as fine as a human hair) – these, in turn, send nerve impulses to the brain to treat a wide variety of imbalances and disorders. You may be wondering, “Is this safe?” Yes, the safety of Acupuncture needles is regulated by the FDA to ensure sterility (including disposable single-use standards) and quality manufacturing practices.
Five Element Acupuncture
This ancient practice (also called Five Phase Acupuncture) is founded on the premise that the five primal life-force elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) must be in sync to achieve wellbeing. The Five Elements approach identifies the causative factor of an ailment: resolving the core issue (cause) restores balance and alleviates symptoms.
This approach also addresses interior factors, such as emotions and the broader patterns of the personality. Five Element Acupuncture is effective for chronic anxiety, stress, emotional imbalances/mood, digestive issues (e.g., IBS), insomnia, jaw pain, and many other conditions.
Balance Method Acupuncture
The Balance Method integrates the Five Element and TCM Acupuncture approaches to healing. Both Acupuncture systems: promote balance and harmony (physically, emotionally and mentally); stimulate and strengthen the immune system; provide an overall sense of wellbeing to help clients cope more effectively with daily stress; and assist in personal growth and emotional transformation.
Auricular Acupuncture (Outer-Ear Acupuncture)
Auricular Acupuncture (Auricular Medicine) is a safe, non-invasive energy approach for accessing and stimulating points on the external ears to detect and treat health conditions. Practitioners worldwide use this therapy to treat pain, addictions, cravings, internal disorders, and mental and emotional problems. Auricular Acupuncture may be used in conjunction with other Acupuncture treatments, or by itself, and it is often effective when other approaches have failed.
Why the ears? Your ears have the highest density of Acupuncture points on your body: ears are essentially a microsystem of the entire body. When an auricular point is “active,” this indicates an imbalance in a corresponding location in the body (like reflexology). We can treat these points several ways, using: very small Acupuncture needles; needle-free devices (e.g., electrostim or laser stimulation); pressure; or tape to apply small seeds to the ear points.
You can detoxify your body with Acupuncture! Ancient Chinese physicians strongly believed in preventative care: “A superior healer is one who treats a disease before it shows symptoms…”
Acupuncture Detox (Acudetox) is an auricular (ear) protocol which has a natural diuretic effect; it helps your body detoxify by eliminating toxins from the liver, kidney and lungs through the urinary tract and lymph system.
This approach effectively cleanses the effects of trauma, and can also help reduce appetite or cravings – while it eliminates blockage of the Qi (life force/energy) which clears the mind and brings about a sense of calm and wellbeing. This is where Acupuncture Detox shines! It may be combined with other Acupuncture protocols or administered as a stand-alone treatment.
Some people hesitate to receive Acupuncture treatment due to fear of needles. Fortunately, other options do exist: mild electrical stimulation (electrostim) and low-power laser Acupuncture are two non-invasive protocols we provide.
ElectroAcupuncture (Electrostim). This approach uses a pulsating electrical current device to stimulate Acupuncture points. The electro-Acupuncture device delivers less than a milliampere of current (about the same as a wristwatch battery) – virtually no current is transmitted through the body; but, there are enough stimuli to positively affect the treated areas. Electrostim is especially effective as a needle-free approach to Auricular (ear) Acupuncture.
Laser Acupuncture. Your practitioner will use light-laser electrical pulses (at specific wavelengths) to influence meridian points’ flow/electrical current. The “cold” laser has a low-powered beam that doesn’t produce a sensation of pain or heat (and cannot burn the skin). This approach does not harm tissues and is safe for use on sensitive skin, especially for children and the elderly.
Laser Acupuncture supports cellular regeneration, reduces pain and inflammation, improves circulation, and stimulates hair growth, to name a just a few examples. It’s practiced widely throughout Europe and Asia and is quickly gaining popularity in the US.
Treatment Options (included in session cost)
Cupping. This ancient Chinese healing art was, at one time, a common therapy for a wide variety of complaints. Cupping has been making a comeback! It’s a technique of applying suction cups to the skin, to move Qi and blood and to remove stagnation of any kind from the body by “releasing it to the surface.” Cupping is most often used on the back, to release chronically tight muscles, or for those at the beginning stages of a cold or flu.
Moxibustion. Burning the herb mugwort directly over Acupuncture points allows the heat to penetrate areas around the points, or along the channels that influence Qi and blood flow. The dried mugwort is called moxa wool, a soft, clump-able herb that can be used in a wide variety of ways (indirectly and directly) to penetrate the skin’s pores with warmth and healing wavelengths. The indications for moxa’s use are many, including weakness, pain, injury, and post-surgical recovery.
$220 (2-2.5 hours) comprehensive health history and assessment – includes initial Acupuncture treatment
$110 (75 minutes) follow-up sessions
$95 (50 minutes) Acupuncture Detox – may be seated or table
$60 Ionic Foot Detox (20-30 minutes) depending on practitioner’s assessment of client’s needs
Package: $135 Acupuncture Detox w/Ionic Foot Detox
Katherine A. Sale, MSW, MAc, LAc, CNC
Katherine is a Nationally Board Certified Acupuncturist (Dipl.Ac., NCCAOM) and is licensed through the Maryland Board of Acupuncture. She has extensive integrative energy therapies experience and two master’s degrees: Five Elements Taoist Acupuncture and Social Work.
“I’m passionate about helping people achieve personal empowerment by reconnecting them to their own inner-body wisdom. One day, I came across this anonymous quote… ‘As the Spirit takes the journey towards healing, the mind and body travel more gently when they are supported.’ It really captures my intention of guiding and supporting others through integrated natural wellness protocols.”
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