Open: Monday - Saturday Convenient Buckhead Location
550 Pharr Rd NE Suite 410 Atlanta GA 30305
Parking is behind the building on the surface lot ($3.00 valet only) or in the underground garage (free), or 3rd level and above at the Staybridge Suites hotel next door (free).
What is Acupuncture
Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete holistic medical system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this non-invasive medical system to diagnosis and help millions of people get well and stay healthy. An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This activates the body’s Qi (pronounced “chee”) and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health. It can also improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
What will my Acupuncturist do?
During the initial exam a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist also may check your pulse and tongue and may conduct a physical exam. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of where Qi has become blocked or imbalanced. After the interview process, you may receive an acupuncture treatment. Visits with your acupuncturist may last from thirty to ninety minutes.
Why do they want to feel my pulse?
There are twelve pulse points on each wrist that your acupuncturist will palpate. Each position corresponds to a specific meridian and organ. Your acupuncturist will be looking for twenty-seven individual qualities that reflect overall health. If there are any problems, they may appear in the pulse.
Why do they want to look at my tongue?
The tongue is a map to the body. It reflects the general health of the organs and meridians. Your acupuncturist will look at the color, shape, cracks and coating on your tongue.
How many treatments will I need?
Treatment frequency and number of treatments needed depend on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem and the quality and quantity of your Qi. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take some months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes. An acupuncturist may suggest one or two treatments per week, or monthly visits for health maintenance and seasonal “tune-ups”.
How much does it cost?
Rates vary and depend upon what procedures are performed. It is best to consult with your acupuncturist about cost.
Insurance coverage varies from state to state. Please contact your insurance provider to learn what kind of care is covered or not covered.
NOTE: All clients are responsible for paying for all treatments and visits at time of service. We do not file insurance claims, but will assist with the necessary paper work needed to submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.
Is acupuncture safe for children?
Yes, in some instances children actually respond more quickly than adults. If your child has an aversion to needles, your acupuncturist may massage the acupuncture points. This is called acupressure or tui na.
Inside of you is an intelligent, energetic system that maintains health and balance.
Acupuncture is an ancient healing art originating in China over 5,000 years ago. In ancient times, Chinese people found sharpened metal would relieve pain. After years of experience, it was found that certain points can be connected and related to certain disease. That is how acupuncture point and meridian was discovered. Today meridian, the energy channel where Qi flows, can be detected through equipment.
The meridian has 12 standard and eight extra channels on both sides of the body, no matter what your age or race, the map of energy flow is the same. Meridian systems only can be found in living people. Once they die, the meridian does not exist anymore. By inserting hair thin needles to specific spots, the energy flow of the body can be balanced dynamically, thus giving the person the most flexibility to maintain health. Certain hormones like endorphins will be released to give the body a sense of well being, similar to the feeling during exercise. Serotonin levels can be adjusted as well to relieve pain through the brain stem.
Terminology for acupuncture:
1. Qi (pronounced “chee”)— The vital energy which flows through all living things. Good Qi has positive effect on health, bad Qi has negative effect on health.
2. Meridian—–The energy channel where Qi flows. The body has twelve regular and eight extra meridians. Each meridian is connected to specific organs and glands. Acupuncture needles are inserted on various points on the meridians.
3. Moxibustion—–Burning the herb called mugwort on or over the skin. It is excellent to relieve chronic pain and soft tissue injury.
4. Acupressure/Tui Na Massage— Chinese bodywork that helps to enhance the energy, blood flow and stop pain. Hundreds of techniques can be applied to the muscles, joints or skin using the doctor’s hands or feet. This massage technique is used to stimulate the meridians and help the flow of Qi.
5. Cupping—–Glass, bamboo or plastic jars are applied on the skin by a vacuum technique to improve the blood circulation and increase warmth. Cupping could leave red marks on the skin but will disappear within 5 to 7 days.
6. Three Edged-Needle Therapy——-The only effective way for chronic, tough conditions. Best used to avoid surgery.
Keep In Mind:
Although different techniques can be used on the body, the basic acupuncture points are the same, and so are the meridian lines.
“Qi is matter on the verge of becoming energy, or energy at the point of materializing.”
– Ted Kaptchuck