Acupuncture balances the body and stimulates it to heal itself on a profound level and has been studied extensively for thousands of years. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the body is an energetic system first. The vital energy that runs through this system is called “qi” and the paths in which it flows are called “meridians.” The substance of the body and all of its functions are dependent upon this flow of qi. When there is a blockage in the flow of qi, disease develops.
A multitude of health concerns can be addressed through Acupuncture.
World Health Organization (WHO) and National Health Institute (NIH) List of What Acupuncture Treats:
Chronic and Acute Pain- Injuries, headaches, neck and back pain, tendonitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgiaNeurological Disorders- Post-stroke recover, Bell’s Palsy & Trigeminal Neuralgia, movement disorders
Urinary and Reproductive Disorders- Cystitis, menstrual cramps, irregular or heavy periods, infertility, menopausal symptoms.
Immune Function- Recurrent infections, supportive treatment for cancer and AIDS patients.
Addictions- Addictions to nicotine, alcohol and drugs.
Eye and Ear Disorders- Tinnitus, Meniere’s disease
Psychological Disorders- Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Stress, Jet Lag
A correct evaluation within the Oriental medicine paradigm is crucial to successful therapeutic results. Therefore, a patient should look for a full-time specialist in the field with the highest standards of training in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Over 43 states, including Texas, have passed statutes setting standards for the practice of acupuncture by professional Licensed Acupuncturists* (LAc).
In Texas, the Texas Medical Board licenses acupuncturists, and LAc’s in Texas must be board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. The NCCAOM upholds the highest certification standards in the country, and requirements include, in addition to undergraduate studies, at least 3 years of specialized study for the Diplomat in Acupuncture designation, and at least 4 years for the additional Diplomat in Chinese Herbology designation, as well as passage of comprehensive board exams. A new comprehensive certification, the diplomat of Oriental Medicine designation, is now available, and includes all other NCCAOM certifications, including the Oriental Medicine Bodywork certification.
Physicians, or other practitioners, in comparison, may receive as little 15 weeks (300 hours) of training for acupuncture ‘certification’ by their organizations. Simply claiming to have “studied in China” provides no guarantee of the extensive training necessary for mastery of acupuncture. Most training programs in China offered to foreigners (especially for physicians) are usually no more than two to four weeks in duration, which is an inadequate period to assimilate the complexities of Chinese medicine. Acupuncture requires years of specialized study to master.
Those who have tried acupuncture before from an inadequately trained practitioner may have experienced poor results. Obtaining treatments from an authentic, highly trained acupuncturist is imperative.
Our Integrative health services director, Brooke Foreman, has the highest standard of acupuncture training — NCCAOM diplomat of Oriental Medicine and LAc designations.
See Brooke Foreman’s biography under (About Us)
Relaxation Acupuncture Treatment
Evidence based, spa setting acupuncture designed to reduce stress, PMS symptoms, irritability, anxiety and insomnia. Includes scalp, hand and foot massage.
- 60 min sessions
- $95, best results a series is recommended
Harmonizing Acupuncture Treatment/Massage Combo
Evidence based, spa setting acupuncture designed to reduce stress, PMS symptoms, irritability, anxiety and insomnia. Includes full 45 min body massage with full acupuncture treatment.
- 90 min $145
Standard Acupuncture Treatment
Standard customized treatment. Consultation, acupuncture and nutritional counseling included as needed.
- $110 initial consult
- 90 min: (30 min diagnosis + 60 min acupuncture)
- $90 subsequent visits
- Price of herbs not included.
Weight Loss or Smoking Cessation Acupuncture Treatment
Consultation, ear acupuncture, ear seeds/magnets and herb prescription.
- 45 min sessions
- $80, best results done in a series
- Price of herbs not included
Ear Acupressure Ear Seeds/Magnets
Extend your acupuncture treatment. Very effective for addictions, weight loss, anxiety, jet lag, stress, insomnia and other afflictions. Ear seeds/magnets are placed on specific points on the ear and retained for 3-4 days.
- 15 min $25
Seasonal Acupuncture Treatment (5 in a series)
For healthy patients who want to keep themselves balanced. Special acupuncture treatments are offered 5 times during the year to help the body adapt to seasonal shifts.
August: Late Summer is associated with the Earth element, the Spleen and Stomach organ systems, and is an excellent time to balance digestion and lymphatic functioning. (The Earth element is involved in all 5 element transitions and so all treatments will involve balancing this important element.)
September: Fall belongs to the Metal element, the Lung and Large Intestine organ systems, and ideal for increasing immunity and balancing respiratory issues.
December: Winter relates to the Water element, the Kidneys and Urinary Bladder organ systems, and the time to balance hormones, urinary functioning, and stamina.
March: Spring is associated with the Wood element, the Liver and Gallbladder organ systems, and is excellent to balance liver/gallbladder toxicity, depression/anger, and strengthen healthy drive.
June: Summer is associated with the Fire element, the Heart and Small Intestine organ systems, and is a prime opportunity to balance circulation, anxiety, and creativity.
- 45 min session
- $80, best results series
Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture Face and Body Lift Treatments
As seen in USA Today, O Magazine, Cosmopolitan and the New York Times
Virtually painless, Chemical Free and minimal if any side effects, Cosmetic Acupuncture can improve overall skin and muscle tone while enhancing and increasing the elasticity of the skin.
Cosmetic Acupuncture has been performed for thousands of years and was performed on the Empress and Emperor’s concubines of China as early as the Sung Dynasty (960 A D 1270 AD). The Chinese have known for centuries that beauty radiates from the inside out. If the internal body is nourished and the energy and blood are flowing smoothly, the external body will reveal this radiance.
A 1996 report in the international journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with acupuncture for skin rejuvenation, 90% has marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects included: more delicate skin, improvement of elasticity of facial muscles and tone, brighter complexion, and overall rejuvenation.
The course of treatment is between 10 to 15 sessions administered 2 to 3 times per week for the best and fastest results and includes a facial/body diagnosis. Results may vary for each individual depending on various factors including but not limited to age, lifestyle habits, genetics, sun damage etc. Visible results will be noticeable after 6 to 7 sessions. Maintenance will vary per individual from once a month to a couple times per year. A treatment takes about an hour.
Results have been shown to last 3 to 5 years
Maintain the effectiveness of Botox & save you a couple of injections per year
It may take 5 to 10 years off the appearance of your skin. It helps to eliminate fine lines and makes the deeper lines look softer. It also firms and tones the skin to help reduce sagging along the jaw line and drooping eyelids.