You came to the right place!
Are you are looking for help with pain, sleeplessness, or digestive issues that are keeping you from living life the way you want to? Do you have a health problem that isn’t a major disease and perhaps has been dismissed by your doctor as a part of aging that you’ll just learn to live with? Maybe you’ve had all the tests, the numbers look good, but you still feel unwell and intuitively you know somethings just not right. Perhaps you’ve been told you’ll need to take medications forever and that doesn’t sit well with you. Chances are you are looking for other options to regain the health you once enjoyed. That’s where I come in.
Therapy Tailored for You
Balanced Energy Wellness offers Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Nutrition Therapy. By tailoring each treatment and therapy for you, I am able to be very specific with our treatments and typically see excellent results. In each treatment, I will treat your symptoms, as well as the root of your problem. Depending on your individual case, I may choose to use herbal medicines, different needling styles, heat therapy, cupping, nutrition, lifestyle recommendations and more.
Wondering what to expect? Read on. You’ll find the answers to most of your questions here. When you are ready to experience a different approach to health, give us a call or schedule your initial consultation online.
Consultation & First Visit
All new patients will have an initial consultation where we will discuss your current health complaints and I’ll answer any questions you might have. I want to make sure that you are a good fit for Chinese Medicine and that we both feel confident that you will respond favorably. I want to understand:
- Your expectations. You are in control of your health and wellness, and I want to know your health goals and what’s keeping you from reaching them. I’ll explain how I can help to most effectively get you on track to reach those goals. If I don’t think I can help, I’ll tell you that up front.
- Your health history. I will review your current health concerns and your health history, and will perform diagnostics such as taking your pulse, looking at your tongue and feeling your abdomen. Each of these diagnostic methods tell me more about your condition and help me develop a treatment plan specific to your needs.
- Your commitment towards reaching your health goals. We are in this together and I want to make sure you feel comfortable with the treatment strategy.
From there I will determine a diagnosis and treatment strategy aimed at resolving symptoms and the underlying causes to meet your goals.
If you are ready to move forward, we can schedule your first visit. Time permitting, we may be able to do this on the same day as your consultation. Schedule your consultation now by calling or scheduling online.
Questions? I have answers …
I’m sure you probably have lots of questions. I’ve included many of the top questions I get from patients and prospective patients here. You’ll find even more information on the Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Nutrition pages. Take a look to see if you find the answer to your questions. If you don’t contact me via phone, email or the contact form.
How does Acupuncture Work?
This is the number one question I get. The notion of “Qi” (pronounced “chee”) is a concept that is central to Chinese Medicine that many translate as “energy”. Qi the active functioning of something, the useful aspect of air (i.e. oxygen), food (nutrients) and drink (water) and it’s the ability of our organs to use those things in the most efficient manner possible. The character for Qi also means gas. And if you think about your car, you can start to get it. It’s what makes you go.
Chinese medicine is about manipulating that qi in order to allow the body to use it most efficiently so it can heal itself. It does this by diminishing inflammation in the body, regulating the central nervous system, reducing stress, and improving circulation. Applying these benefits to different areas of the body facilitates healing and promotes wellness.
Here are some research studies to help you learn how Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help alleviate different health conditions.
Who can benefit from Chinese Medicine?
Anyone! Young or old, women, men, and children. It is often thought that one must “believe” in acupuncture in order for it to work, but this is not the case. Animals also get good results from acupuncture, just like people, and while many animals are pretty smart, I’d bet that their “belief” in it isn’t required.
Chinese Medicine includes Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Massage, and exercise (qi gong/tai chi). It is a complete system of Medicine that is more than 2,500 years old, predating written history. It has been used traditionally to prevent, diagnose and treat disease, as well as to improve general health. It is a primary source of health care that is used by more than half of the worlds population, and has been for thousands of years.
I treat a variety of conditions from acute illness like the common cold and ankle sprains to chronic conditions like chronic pain, digestive issues, gynecological problems, autoimmune conditions, allergies and more.
I suggest you try it and see what you think. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Check out the Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Nutrition pages to learn more.
What can I expect?
Each acupuncture session generally lasts 45 to 60 minutes. Herbal consults last about 30 minutes. The first visit will be longer as we get to know you.
An important concept is that acupuncture is CUMULATIVE and DOSAGE-DEPENDENT. In order to achieve lasting and successful results, an initial series of about 6-10 sessions, close together is necessary. Then ongoing ‘maintenance doses’ can be spread out more.
Many commonly used acupuncture points are located on the lower arms and legs, so it is helpful to wear clothing that allows easy access to these areas. If you are having back pain or shoulder pain, it’s helpful to wear a tank top so we can easily access those areas. We can also provide you with a gown that allows easy access to your back, stomach and upper chest area.
Herbal medicines include leaves, roots, and flowers of plants, minerals, etc. that are combined into formulas that treat a variety of conditions. Some are prescribed in tea form, some as granules that are mixed with hot water, some are in capsule or tablet form, and some are topical linements, salves or lotions that are applied externally. They are taken just as you would any medicine – as prescribed. I have an herbal pharmacy so in most cases you can leave with your prescription in hand.
How many visits will I need before I notice a difference?
You will likely notice some difference after your first visit, even if only subtly. Most everyone leaves felling a great sense of relaxation. The truth is everyone is different, so I can’t really tell you until I have a chance to review your concerns and develop a treatment plan for your specific needs. What I can say is that it usually takes somewhere between 6 and 30 visits to reach your desired health goals. This is a therapy much like a treatment therapy for any disease. I will prescribe a course of treatment for you that will get you to your health goals whether that’s to reduce your pain to a level where you can play with your kids or grandkids, or complete elimination of your acid reflux . It is important to follow though and keep your appointments as prescribed. I will continually reassess your progress and ask for your feedback along the way. Your age, the length of time you’ve had your condition and your current overall health are all factors that play into the number and type of treatments you’ll need.
Can I address more than one health concern at one time?
Absolutely. Often, patients who come in for one issue will notice an improvement in something apparently unrelated. As crazy as it sounds, a problem with your sleep may have a digestive imbalance as the root cause. And because we address both the symptoms and root cause, you may see an improvement in your digestion as well as your sleep. This can happen because acupuncture is reducing inflammation, promoting circulation, reduces stress, promotes better sleep and more energy. It’s like getting a regular tune up!
Do you accept insurance?
I am out-of-network with all insurance providers except for the Veterans Administration. Contact your insurance provider to see if your plan covers acupuncture out-of-network ( Learn more here about out what to ask your insurance provider). If it is covered, we’ll need to get the information from your insurance card to verify the specifics like your deductible, copays, etc. Just let us know when you schedule your first visit.
You can always use your HSA or FSA to pay for Acupuncture treatments whether or not your insurance company includes coverage.
Medicare & Medicare Supplements
We do not accept Medicare or Medicare Supplements. This is because Medicare will only cover acupuncture for low back pain and only if under the supervision of an MD. Since we don’t qualify, it is in effect not covered. We ask that you pay the self-pay rate at the time of service. And then we can give you a receipt that you can file yourself with Medicare or your Medicare supplement. Here’s more about Medicare’s coverage for Acupuncture.
If you are already enrolled in VA health care, the VA Community Care Program allows you to receive health care within your community. You just need to get authorized by your Veterans Clinic to receive Acupuncture treatments from us through the Community Care program.
Is Acupuncture painful?
If I had a nickel for every time I’m asked this, I’d be rich! The most common answer is no, and it’s definitely not like getting a shot from a hypodermic needle. Some points you will not feel at all, others might have some sensations (a pinch, warmth, tingle, electric sensation, etc.), and on occasion you might feel a quick ache when the needles are inserted. Once the needles are in you will not notice they are there.
I am trained in several different needling techniques, one of which is called “teishin” which is a Japanese style of acupuncture. It uses a needle that is held above the skin and it does not go through the skin. It is totally painless. I frequently use this technique with children and those who are squeamish about needles. While Acupuncture treatments are not always required, they may be the best for your condition. Be sure to tell me about your concerns and I’ll do everything I can to make sure your comfort and safety are a priority.
Is there any reason I shouldn’t get Acupuncture?
There are no contraindications to receiving acupuncture. It is a safe and effective therapy for all of us. We do ask however, if you are pregnant that you let us know as we will avoid certain points that can cause uterine contractions. Also let us know if you have any clotting or bleeding disorders as needling may not be appropriate for you, however we can still treat you with other modalities. Lastly, if you have a pacemaker, please let us know so that we can use e-stim appropriately.
What else do you do other than Acupuncture?
Depending on your condition and health goals, I may recommend Herbal Medicine, Diet changes, Cupping, Guasha or Tuina (Chinese massage therapy). Other than Herbal Medicine, I don’t do these as stand-alone treatments, but rather incorporate them into your visit as necessary.
I also utilize some specialized acupuncture treatments such as Dry Needling and SAAT.
Dry needling is simply acupuncture that targets trigger points or tender points in your muscles. It is important to understand the education requirements of anyone offering this technique. Would you prefer to have someone with 1000 hours of training or someone with 50-60 hours of training? You definitely want a Licensed Acupuncturist do perform this acupuncture technique. Read Myths and Facts about Dry Needling and Acupuncture here.
To treat allergies, I use a technique called the Solomon Auricular Allergy Treatment (SAAT). It is a simple technique using a very tiny needle in the ear and typically requires only one treatment for any particular allergen (substance causing allergic reaction). This technique has proven to provide the strongest relief from allergy symptoms among all known acupuncture techniques. Through this refined method of auricular acupuncture, individuals experience elimination or significant reduction in their allergy symptoms. Learn more here.
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- Keep your appointments. You’ll feel better faster with regular treatment. If you do need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance. You can also reschedule your appointment online.
- Tell your family and friends. If you feel your treatment here has benefitted you, please share your story. We are happy to help your family and friends who may be struggling with their health. Most people aren’t aware of the vast scope of conditions that we can effectively trea.
- Coordinating with other medical providers. If you are working with other medical providers and would like for me to confer with them, I am happy to do that. I just need your permission, so ask for a Physician Communication letter next time you are at the clinic.