Community Acupuncture

First visit $50 or $65 (sliding scale)
Follow ups $35 or $50 (sliding scale)

Private Acupuncture

First visit $105
Follow ups $90

About acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat most if not all of the myriad problems that can befall a person. That’s because the point (pardon the pun) of acupuncture is to improve the overall functioning of the human body.

The theories behind acupuncture are complex, but they boil down to this: Everything going on in your body affects and is affected by everything else. 

This "everything", the sum total of your body’s functionality, is known as your Qi.  Whenever your Qi gets blocked (as it does when you injure your shoulder, for example) or deficient (as happens in a chronic illness, or even when you just haven’t had enough sleep) or disordered (stress is very good at disordering Qi), it can’t flow as it’s supposed to, and you end up in pain, or exhausted, or suffering some other kind of unpleasant symptoms.  It’s the acupuncturist’s job to get your Qi flowing again.

Modern researchers have been busy documenting the measurable effects of acupuncture, and they have found it to increase blood flow, decrease inflammation and pain, and modulate hormone levels and brain activity. The World Health Organization has listed more than 40 conditions for which acupuncture may be indicated.

Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible; while you may feel a tiny pinch during insertion, it’s nothing like getting an injection.  For many first-time acupuncture patients, their response to the first needle is, "that was it?"
Occasionally there is a mild stinging or burning upon insertion that usually goes away within a few seconds.  If it doesn’t, let us know! We can remove the needle so that the sensation doesn’t interfere with your being able to relax during treatment.

Other sensations associated with acupuncture include a dull ache, tingling, heaviness, or warmth radiating from the site, or sometimes a brief “twang” from muscles located under an acupoint.  Most people find acupuncture to be a comfortable and profoundly relaxing experience.

Acupuncture is a process.  Every once in a while acupuncture will act like a “miracle cure”, and a person will have all of their symptoms disappear after only one treatment – but that is a rare event. Acupuncture works by stimulating the body's own self-healing mechanisms; it is gentle and safe and usually gradual.

Acupuncture works best when you come in often enough and long enough. For most people, somewhere between five and fifteen treatments is usually adequate. Many acute conditions may only require one or two treatments, while some degenerative or chronic conditions may require more. The nature, severity, and history of each individual’s complaint, as well as the individual him or herself, determine the number of treatments necessary.  Please ask if you have any questions about your course of treatment!

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