Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine needles into the body at specific points for the treatment of certain health problems. Noted for its safety and effectiveness, acupuncture has been a mainstay of Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. In the past three decades, electromagnetic research has confirmed the existence and location of the more than 1,000 known acupuncture points.

What does acupuncture feel like?

The experience of acupuncture varies for each patient and with each practitioner. Some points can be a little sensitive, but most of the time patients are surprised at how painless acupuncture really is. Laura takes care to ensure your treatments are comfortable and gentle. Most patients are amazed by how relaxed they feel during acupuncture and afterwards.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is extremely safe when performed by a licensed acupuncturist. Acupuncture needles are disposed of in a sharps container after a single use. For certain conditions, acupuncture is the safest option when used as an alternative to surgery and/or prescription medications.

How many treatments will I need?thrive-wellness-waiting-area

Laura will develop an individualized treatment plan for your specific health needs. For most chronic conditions, a series of eight to ten treatments tends to offer the best outcome. You may notice an immediate improvement in your health after just one treatment, or a cumulative effect over several treatments.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine utilizes natural substances such as leaves, roots, bark, flowers, fruit, and minerals. Depending on your treatment needs, Laura combines approximately 12-15 different herbs in an individualized formula that is designed to treat the whole person. Laura has a large Chinese herbal pharmacy.

Other Therapies

Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling – Addressing areas of diet and lifestyle that can optimize health and aid in your recovery from illness.
Shiatsu Massage – Japanese acupressure technique that is great for maintenance of health as well as relaxation of body and mind.

Cupping – Glass cups create a vacuum which is then applied to the skin. It feels like a relaxing massage and acts as a myofascial release.4

Moxa/Moxibustion – Heat therapy that facilitates healing by burning the herb Ai Ye (mugwort) on or over specific areas of the body.