Acupuncture has a clearly recorded history of about 2,000 years, but some authorities claim that it has been practiced in China for over 4,000 years. This ancient practice has evolved from stone slivers to stainless steel needles.
Acupuncture is commonly sought out for conditions such as pain, arthritis, tendonitis/tendinitis, headaches, migraines, allergies, digestive disorders, reproductive challenges, and most of all stress. Serasana employs only the most qualified acupuncture specialists.
Our sessions are offered as a personalized private session or an affordable public session in a community room performed by highly qualified, nationally certified acupuncturists. Time tested techniques from China are utilized including, Cupping, Gua Sha, Moxibustion and Tuina.
Consultations are with one of the members of our master acupuncture team. Consultations are required prior to all initial acupuncture sessions and repeated when a client has one year between regular sessions.
Consultations are also used for herbal and nutritional guidance.
30 Minutes – $50 per consultation
This comprehensive session includes treatment once brief consultation is completed. Based on progress and intention, insertion of tiny sterile needles along the acupuncture meridians.
The following may be included depending on your consultation: Heat therapy, cupping, gua sha, electrical stimulation, bodywork, dietary, herbal, aromatherapy and exercise/yoga recommendations
60 Minutes – Regular $90/Members $65
Enjoy your session in a group setting while fully clothed in recliners or massage chairs. Allowing more frequent acupuncture sessions and save money. These sessions are great for conditions such as general stress, headaches and migraines, pain in the feet, knees, wrist, elbow and shoulders, allergies, addiction, depression and anxiety.
40 Minutes – $35 per session
Tighten, brighten, increase collagen and moisturize the skin while simultaneously treating the underlying factors that contribute to the aging process. Following this initial course of treatment, maintenance sessions can prolong the results for five to ten years. Suggested course of treatment for optimal results is 12 sessions done weekly. Prepay for all 12 and enjoy 15% off.
50 Minutes – $120 per session
An ancient press/stroke technique used throughout Asia for centuries. It resolves spasms and pain, promotes normal circulation to the muscles, issues and organs, as seen in the immediate effect gua sha has on coughing and wheezing. Experience reduction in stiffness and pain with increased mobility. The treatment may intentionally create red marks on the skin and slight tenderness that can take a few days to dissipate. This session is facilitated in our acupuncture department.
50 Minutes – $80 per session
An ancient technique used in many cultures sometimes combined with acupuncture, massage or used alone. The suction and negative pressure provided by the cup can loosen muscles and fascia, encourage blood flow and sedate the nervous system. Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, varicose and spider veins, and even cellulite. The treatment may intentionally create red marks on the skin and slight tenderness that can take a few days to dissipate. This session is facilitated in our acupuncture department.
50 Minutes – $80 per session
Frequently Asked Questions
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world. Originating in China over 3,500 years ago, only in the last three decades has it become popular in the United States.
In 2000, the FDA estimated that Americans made up to 20 million visits per year to acupuncture practitioners and spent upward of a half a billion dollars on acupuncture treatments.
Traditional Chinese medicine holds that there are as many as 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body, which are connected by 20 pathways (12 main and 8 secondary) called meridians. These meridians conduct energy, or Qi (pronounced “chi”,) between the surface of the body and its internal organs. Each point has a different effect on the Qi that passes through it. Qi is believed to help regulate balance in the body. It is influenced by the opposing forces of yin and yang, which represent positive and negative energy in the universe and human body. Acupuncture is believed to keep the balance between yin and yang, thus allowing for the normal flow of Qi and restoring health to the mind and body.
Human beings are complex bioelectric systems. This understanding has been the foundations of TCM practice for several thousand years. Energy circulates throughout the body along well-defined, documented pathways. Points on the body, along these pathways are energetically connected to specific organs and body systems. If this energy circulation is disrupted, optimum function is affected and this results in pain or illness. In treatment, acupuncture points are stimulated to balance the circulation of energy, which ultimately influences the health of the entire being. Several theories have been presented as to exactly how acupuncture works. One theory suggests that pain impulses are blocked from reaching the spinal cord or brain at various “gates” to these areas. Since a majority of acupuncture points are either connected to (or located near) neural structures, this suggests that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system.
Another theory suggests that acupuncture stimulates the body to produce narcotic-like substances called endorphins, which reduce pain. Other studies have found that other pain-relieving substances called opioids may be released into the body during acupuncture.
Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are solid and hair-thin, and they are not designed to cut the skin. They are also inserted to much more shallow levels than hypodermic needles, generally no more than a half-inch to an inch depending on the type of treatment being delivered. While each person experiences acupuncture differently, most people feel only a minimal amount of pain as the needles are inserted. Some people reportedly feel a sensation of excitement, while others feel relaxed. If you experience significant pain from the needles, it may be a sign that the procedure is being done improperly. When practiced by a licensed, trained acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely safe.
As a system of health-care, acupuncture already has some inherent safeguards. Because the treatment is drug-free, patients do not have to worry about taking several doses of a medication or suffering a possible adverse reaction. Properly administered, acupuncture does no harm. However, there are certain conditions you should notify an acupuncturist about before undergoing treatment. If you have a pacemaker, for instance, you should not receive electroacupuncture due to the possibility of electromagnetic interference with the pacemaker.
As with most health practitioners, the first visit to an acupuncturist usually begins with the practitioner taking a detailed history. Since traditional Chinese medicine takes a more holistic approach to patient care that Western medicine, you may be asked questions that appear unimportant (questions about your sleep habits, your ability to tolerate heat or cold, your dietary habits, etc.) but are actually vital to the type of care you will receive. After reviewing your history, the practitioner will begin diagnosing your ailment.
Depending on your condition, you may be subjected to an examination of the tongue, as well as the pulse – a major diagnostic technique in traditional Chinese medicine. Using all of the information obtained during the history and diagnosis, the practitioner will then determine the cause of your symptoms.
Depending on the condition, needles will be inserted into specific acupuncture points on the body. Generally, the patient does not have to disrobe for the needles to be inserted. The clothing can typically be manipulated to account for the space the needles require. The acupuncturist may use ‘moxa’ or electrical stimulation to enhance acupuncture’s therapeutic effect. Depending on the seriousness and the length of your condition, your first visit may take between 60 – 90 minutes. Follow up visits generally last 45 – 60 minutes.
Each individual responds differently to the acupuncture techniques. Your response may vary from immediate to delayed progression. In addition to the length of response, changes may be dramatic or slow and subtle. The only way to distinguish your rate of response is through your own awareness of change.
The number of treatments needed to alleviate a disorder varies depending on the individual and their type of disorder. Generally, acute conditions can be treated effectively within a few treatments. Chronic conditions, which have been developed over years, may lengthen the period of time for positive results. With pain conditions, look for any diminished effect regarding the intensity. With treatment of functional disorders, such as allergies, the desired effects may progress slower than anticipated.
Occasionally, symptoms of an illness may temporarily increase after treatment starts. This is known as “the healing crisis.” The body is rallying its strength and is a positive sign to altering its old patterns.
As early as the 19070’s, the World Health Organization recognized the ability of acupuncture to treat nearly four dozen common ailments. The following is a list of conditions commonly treated with acupuncture.
Repetitive Stress Injury
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Side effects of Oncology Support
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