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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years in China and other Asian countries. It is the oldest continuously practiced medical system in the world. Using a holistic approach, acupuncture offers preventive health and wellness for the mind, body and spirit. Acupuncture is based on the direct observation of nature through the rhythm of the seasons based on the five elements: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal. Using the ancient art of healing, acupuncture influences the movement of Qi (your vital energy and life force) in the body.

How does Acupuncture work?

Research shows that acupuncture works by enhancing the body's natural healing response and restoring harmony and balance. Over a long period, stress, worry, upset, anger, prolonged grief, depression or physical injury can contribute to the disharmony of Qi and create an imbalance of yin and yang in the body.  

Qi, pronounced  “chee,” is your vital energy or life force. Qi flows along pathways in the body known as meridians. These meridians relate to the five-elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal and correspond to specific functions within in the body, from emotional to physical to spiritual. When Qi is out of balance, then symptoms of disease or pain can occur.

Acupuncture works to rebalance the Qi, clearing blocks and stagnation within the body. By treating all aspects of the person, harmony and balance can be restored to create greater wellness. Many clients report that initial symptoms disappear with regular treatments.  As this happens, patients experience renewed vitality and enthusiasm for life.  

Is Acupuncture safe?

As long as it is performed by a competent, licensed practitioner, acupuncture is extremely safe. Acupuncturists use disposable needles that are discarded after one use. The needles are FDA approved, individually packaged, pre-sterilized and disposed after a single use.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

No, acupuncture generally will not hurt.  Acupuncture needles are extremely thin and typically made from stainless steel. Many people do not even feel the needles going in, or some may feel a slight sensation as the needles are inserted. You may feel different sensations including tingling, numbness, warmth, or pressure. This indicates your energy is moving and differs from pain. People often comment that the feeling is unfamiliar but pleasant, comforting and relaxing. Some people will want to nap during and following treatments while others report being more energetic for a few days after treatment.

What conditions are treated with Acupuncture?

  • Digestive disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic pain
  • Insomnia
  • Weak immunity
  • Infertility
  • PMS
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Allergies
  • Addictions
  • Stress management
  • And much more . . .

What are the benefits of Acupuncture?

Acupuncture can be effective treating many health concerns and easing chronic conditions, especially when identifying the root cause or origin is challenging. 

Many patients have shared with ongoing treatment they have observed:

  • Getting sick less frequently and the ability to recover more quickly
  • Lowered medical and health care expenses
  • Reducing prescription drugs and over-the-counter usage
  • Lessening of their symptoms and greater ease in their body
  • Greater awareness of their body
  • Making fewer doctor visits
  • An increase in energy, vitality and endurance
  • Feeling more centered, grounded and balanced in body, mind and spirit
  • Experiencing more inner peace and sustained calmness
  • Enjoying more satisfying, harmonious relationships

What else has our clinic had success in treating? 

  • Migraines
  • Headaches 
  • Immune Weakness 
  • TMJ
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Digestive Imbalances 
  • Chronic Fatigue 
  • Asthma 
  • Heart Palpitations 
  • Nausea from Chemotherapy
  • And much more . . .

Does insurance cover Acupuncture?

Our practice participates with Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, BlueCross and CareFirst health insurance for acupuncture. Call our office at (301) 370-4227 and we will find out if your policy covers acupuncture. Then we will take care of the rest!

Please note that until you have been approved, you are responsible for paying the full amount for acupuncture services.

How many treatments will I need?

Since every person is unique in their own condition, the number of treatments will vary. When developing a treatment plan, our practitioners consider the nature, severity and social and medical history of each patient, as well as the individual himself or herself.

Overall, you should expect to see some results within 6-8 visits and you should notice some improvement after each treatment. Some individuals will experience results after their first visit, while others will require a longer series of treatment.  This depends on the severity and chronic nature of the complaint.  Musculoskeletal injuries may need to be seen on a more frequent basis (2 – 3 times per week) during the beginning phase of treatment.   

Can Western and Chinese Medicine work together?

Yes. Modern medical wisdom suggests that we combine what is useful from each modality. Very frequently the two approaches can be combined to the patient’s greater benefit. If you are under a doctor’s care, be sure to advise your practitioner of your course of Western medical treatment including any medications, surgeries or implants. This will allow your practitioner to best support your course of treatment. Supporting women’s health, children’s well being and family acupuncture is our focus at Anamaya Wellness. At the Anamaya Wellness we acknowledge the strength of allopathic and Chinese medicine to allow for the best treatment options available to each individual patient.

What are my payment options?

Payment is due at the time of your appointment. You can pay by check, credit card or cash at the time of the session. All copays are due the day of service.

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is the application of soft tissue manipulation techniques to muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and superficial to deeper layers of connective tissue generally intended to reduce stress, tension and fatigue to these overused or damaged structures while improving range of motion, motor function and general circulation. As more modalities are developed and techniques are refined and focused to address specific conditions, massage therapy has evolved to become an integral component of health care and wellness programs.

What is the history of Massage Therapy?

Massage has been part of the healing arts for 5,000 years. Old cultures around the world like the Egyptians, Chinese, Persians,  and Hindus developed varying forms of massage to treat an assortment of ailments. After gaining a foothold in the United States in the mid 1900s through the introduction by two New York physicians of techniques developed in Sweden, schools began teaching the foundational method of "Swedish Massage" and later "Deep Tissue" as standard modalities for new practitioners. Today, with 45 states and D.C. regulating massage therapy you can find a professionally licensed massage therapist virtually anywhere in the country who practices several to a handful of the over one hundred modalities of massage proven beneficial for a wide variety of conditions.

What modalities of Massage Therapy and bodywork techniques do our practitioners use?

  • Swedish
  • Deep Tissue
  • Myofascial Release
  • Pre/Post-Natal
  • Orthopedic
  • Sports
  • Active Isolated Stretching
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitated Stretching
  • Functional Assessment
  • Reiki
  • Trauma Touch

What are benefits of Massage Therapy?

  • Alleviate chronic and acute pain
  • Reduce stress and tension
  • Relax, soften and elongate tight, overworked and/or injured muscles
  • Improve range of motion and motor functioning
  • Effectively treat muscular-skeletal disorders
  • Enhance circulation by increasing oxygen and nutrient dissemination
  • Release endorphins--natural hormones that relieve pain
  • Boost immunity by stimulating lymph flow--the body's natural defense system
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and post-surgical adhesions

How often should I get massage?

Based on your presenting condition(s), your practitioner may recommend a series of sessions and/or frequency of treatments that would more likely lead you on a path to sustained wellness. Consider massage as part of a regularly scheduled self-care plan that serves as an investment in your overall health.

Is Massage Therapy covered by insurance?

Some insurance plans may cover massage if prescribed by a medical professional or as part of a health savings plan. Make sure to check with your insurance company regarding your plan. We can provide you with a paid invoice that you can submit, but we do not directly file claims.

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