All services are done with the intent to affect positive change to the body, mind, and spirit of the patient. Depending on the reason for the visit and the diagnosis, services will include at least one or a combination of the following: acupuncture, acupressure, electric stimulation, moxibustion, cupping, topical and internal herbal therapies, tuina, Qi cultivation, lifestyle and nutrition recommendations. Options will be discussed and treatment plan expectation given at the initial appointment. TCM may seem like a magic fix sometimes only requiring a treatment or 2 to address the main complaint. However, it is important to remember with this medicine, we are helping to bring your body, mind, and spirit into better harmony, so this is very person specific. Numbers of treatments required will vary person to person, even if they have the same main complaint. In general, expect to have 6 to 12 treatments to get a good gauge of how helpful this medicine can be for your overall health and wellness. Once you get to feeling better, I encourage you to come for “tune-ups” either once per month or every other month.
Initial consultation plus acupuncture treatment $150
Acupuncture only $100
Acupuncture plus additional modality/technique such as exercises, guasha, cupping, tuina, moxa, infinichi (nontouch energetic healing therapy) $125
Custom Herbal Granular Formulas: $.50 per gram, with standard dosing 9 to 12 grams per day
Raw Herbal Formulas, cooking yourself: price varies, $150 to $300 per month depending on dosage
Raw Herbal Formulas, decocted and individually packaged for you: price varies, ~$200-$800 per month depending on dosage
How to Pay?
Payable by cash, credit card, HSA, FSA, Venmo (@Lisa-gridley), Paypal, or Apple Pay (not the tap). Payment is due at time of service.
Applied pressure with the practitioner’s thumb or fingers to an acupuncture point. This is rarely used alone as a treatment because the needles are so effective, but may be added as a part of the acupuncture treatment or as an aid to reach a diagnosis.
The needles used in acupuncture are sterile, one-time use and extremely fine. They are inserted into specific points of the body to activate the desired changes. Most people find acupuncture treatments very relaxing and will often fall into deep relaxation or sleep.
With many celebrities and Olympians freely sharing their cupping marks, this therapy has gained in popularity. This treatment uses fire to create a vacuum effect inside a glass cup which is then placed on the patient’s body. It does wonders to relieve achy muscles and stressed out bodies. One of the side effects is a bruise that can last a few days up to 10 days. The bruises are considered desirable with regards to a better treatment result, however, there are other techniques involving cupping that do not leave significant bruising if that is a concern. For many people cupping gives great relief to aches and pains.
A pain-free, low intensity and high or low electrical frequency is added to select acupuncture needles. As this application is found to increase the body’s natural painkillers of endorphins, enkephalins, and dynorphins, this added treatment may be used to treat pain.
A technique involving the continuous stroking of a tool, usually a jade piece, along an area of the body where pain relief or circulation is needed. As the English translation of “guasha” as “scraping bruises” suggests, the intended result is to cause petechiae or light bruising similar to the result of the cupping marks. These bruises can last anywhere from a few days to 10 days. Even with the bruising, most people consider this treatment enjoyable.
Customized or patent formulas may be prescribed for your current condition. These are made up of multiple herbs from trusted suppliers who check for pesticides, heavy metals, and adulterated products. Formulas may be given raw where you cook the herbs yourself, in granular form where you add it to hot water and drink it as a tea, or in tablet or capsule form.
Some habits are beneficial and others are detrimental to a person’s health. People rarely think about a habit because it is ingrained in their involuntary mind and body. Therefore a habit can be extremely difficult to break as they are a carved Grand Canyon of memory. The person does not even have to think about it, they just do it or partake in it, and their body and mind expect it to happen. Some habits are necessary to break out of in order to move out of a disease pattern. While TCM treatments will be able to help quite a bit, healing can be expedited when the individual participates in their healing process by changing detrimental mental, emotional, physical, or lifestyle habits into positive habits. This is a process and is up to the patient.
It is no surprise that our daily intake of food can cause problems in our health over time. Or sometimes, certain acute conditions resolve more quickly with certain dietary recommendations. As Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
QI CULTIVATION, YOGA, MEDITATION, BREATHING EXERCISES
Qi cultivation is a variety of physical and/or mental techniques that are taught or recommended for you to do on your own to help clear out, smooth out, and regenerate your vital energy.