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Introduction to Acupuncture Link

Q: What is an acupuncturist’s training?

At Moore Acupuncture Center 神, Kimberlee Moore is icensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine. They are Nationally Board Certified by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).

The requirements to become a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Massachusetts are extensive. This includes a minimum of 3 years post-graduate studies in Acupuncture at a school that is recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). In addition, Massachusetts Licensed Acupuncturist have over 1,000 hours of clinical experience including hundreds of hours of hands-on clinical training.

What is the difference between a physical therapist doing dry needling and a acupuncturist doing acupuncture?   There is a big difference. Link

Q: Is acupuncture effective?

Acupuncture can be very effective in treating many conditions. Below is information on research and acupuncture in the news.

NIH http://nccam.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/
WHO: http://www.who.int/topics/traditional_medicine/en/index.html
http://www.internethealthlibrary.com/Therapies/Acupuncture-Research.htm
Scientific research continues to work on understanding the mechanism of acupuncture. Currently researchers have been able to measure activity in specific body systems when an acupuncture needle is inserted, including:

An increase in peripheral blood flow,
An increase in the neural pain threshold
A release of neurochemicals similar to endorphins
An increase in T cells and other immune constituents
An increased activity at nerve “gates”.
Thermal PET scans also show activity in the regions of the brain responsible for “pain” messages.

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Acupuncture: Is it a real science?

The medical theory behind acupuncture is truly fascinating—and may be considered a true science because it is built upon the same pillars of sound scientific principles as the modern day medicine we are more used to:

Acupuncture is a fully developed body of medical theory, knowledge and clinical practice
acupuncture is a rational science not a belief system  (logical, consistent, consequencial, etc)
acupuncture is an empirical science (acupuncturists are clinicians who make precise observations, verify assertions, make a diagnosis, prognosis and treatment strategy).

Acupuncture originated in China over 4-5 thousands years ago, and it involves the insertion of fine, sterile, single-use needles along the body's pathways of energy, or meridians. The needles gently prompt stuck or obstructed energy to flow smoothly again and restore balance and harmony within the channels.

How does our energy/qi effect our health from a Chinese Medicine Prospective ?

Most Health Issues Begin at the Level of Energy!
Most people don’t realize that many health issues begin at the level of energy, Qi. What does this mean? Before an issue reaches the physical body with visible symptoms (like indigestion or acid reflux), there has to be a disturbance or imbalance somewhere in that person’s energy body. Western medicine now states that breast cancer, for example, is present in the body for some eight years before it is physically detectable. Where is it? Why can’t it be detected with state-of-the-art modern medical equipment? The answer is the cancer exists at that point at the invisible level of energy, Qi.

Our emotions affects our energy flow. Emotions and thoughts are subtle energy and the physical body is denser energy. Negative emotions and thoughts can create blockages and stagnation of energy in our meridians/body thus creating imbalance in the organs.


Progression of Health Issues
Every health issue has a root cause from the TCM perspective, and this is what TCM doctors identify and address in treatment. And there is a path—an energy time line—the issue follows before it becomes visible and impossible to ignore, and it can move something like this:

STEP 1:
Your Qi is in balance and harmony. You feel well, which is to say you are not aware of any discomfort.

STEP 2:
Your Qi falls out of balance and harmony. You might start to feel vague discomfort and intermittent symptoms. Let’s say you are the person who has woken up with the digestive disturbance described above. You might have experienced frequent burping or a bitter taste in your mouth in the months prior to that morning. Perhaps you’ve tried to deal with the problem by self-medicating, hoping it will go away.

STEP 3:
Your internal organs start to show signs of energetic dysfunction and problems communicating with other organs. Your symptoms become more prominent and uncomfortable. At this point in the time line, nothing would show on standard Western tests because these tests can’t detect anything present on the level of energy, or what is known as a function disorder. A function disorder is on the energetic level.

STEP 4:
The issue has become a physical problem. If you are the person with the digestive issue, you finally call your doctor and he or she sends you for tests. It is then determined you have a tear in the lining of your stomach from too much acid. You now have a physical health issue.

Acupuncture can helps to release blockages, stagnation in the energy body and physical body, and creates the opportunity for your energy to flow towards harmony/balance.

Who uses acupuncture?

More than 3.2 million Americans each year (NCCAOM 2007) and people just like you tend to seek out acupuncture for themselves or their families for one of 3 reasons, regardless of their medical condition:

-You are frustrated with unresolved physical or emotional pain and other symptoms which your current care cannot help.

-YOU prefer a proven therapy without drugs, side effects.

-YOU are curious about the stress relieving and preventative health benefits of acupuncture

Q: Does the acupuncture needles hurt?

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The Autonomy of an Acupuncture Needle Link

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As you can see from the chart above, acupuncture needles are thin. The width of an acupuncture needle is about 3 pieces of hair together. They do not cut the skin. They slip in gently.

Most people barely feel a thing when needles are inserted. Some people feel a slight pinch, and others ask “Is it in yet?” The reason acupuncture needles don’t give the painful sensation you might expect is because they’re very, very thin in comparison to the hypodermic needles used to give injections. Hypodermic needles are necessarily hollow so that the shot can be injected. They also have a very blunt point (actually a wedge shape) in comparison to an acupuncture needle. Forty acupuncture needles can fit into the tip of one standard 18 gauge hypodermic needle.There are certain sensations associated with the therapeutic effects of acupuncture, which are known as de qi (pronounced “day-chee”). These may include a brief dull ache, heaviness, distention, tingling or electric sensation traveling along a meridian. If any discomfort is experienced, it is usually mild and temporary.

Q: How many needles do you use?

Treatments vary based upon your condition and the style of acupuncture used. The beauty and complexity of acupuncture is that there is more than one way to approach a treatment. At Acupuncture Connections treatments will range from as few as 2 needles to as many as 12 or more 

Q: Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is very safe, when done by a license, board certified acupuncturist Link. . The needles are extremely safe, because they are pre-sterilized,   We never reuse needles. They are individually packaged and disposable. After your treatment, the needles are disposed of in a “Sharps” medical waste disposal container. I am nationally certified in Clean Needle Technique by the CCAOM (Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). CCAOM is the only national organization that certifies practitioners in Clean Needle Technique for acupuncture. Clean Needle Technique is the standard way in which acupuncture is practiced in order to keep patients and practitioners safe.

What is Dry Needling? Link

What is difference between dry needling and acupuncture? Link

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Q: Do I have to believe in it for it to work? Does acupuncture always work?

Acupuncture works whether you believe in it or not. Good results are seen in the majority of cases. When all other treatment methods have failed, this indicates a systematic imbalance – exactly what acupuncture excels at treating.
How often would I need to come in for treatment?

Q: How does acupuncture work?       Link

In Chinese medical theory, acupuncture works by balancing the body’s Qi (pronounced “chee”). Qi can be described as a form of bioenergy that runs along 12 major meridians. If Qi gets blocked, it shows up as an imbalance or illness. Basically, if you have a health condition, some part of your body’s system is out of balance. Chinese medical theory allows us to diagnose and restore the balance.In Western medical theory, acupuncture appears to work by stimulating parts of the brain. It also stimulates the body to release natural biomolecules such as neurotransmitters, vasodilators, and hormones. The exact mechanisms not fully understood, but the effects are measurable.

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Q: What do I wear for my first visit?

You should wear something comfortable and flexible (e.g. sweatpants, a comfortable T-shirt, shorts, etc.) for your acupuncture appointment. Loose clothing or shorts allows the practitioner to easily access points.  

Please refrain from wearing make-up, perfumes/colognes, and try to avoid eating or drinking anything that stains the tongue before your visit.

Q: How should I prepare for the first visit?

For best results from your acupuncture treatment, eat moderately within three hours of your treatment. It is best not to come on an empty stomach.

Because the tongue is routinely examined as part of the Chinese Medical diagnosis, it is best not to brush the tongue or discolor it with hard candy, cough drops, tea or coffee within three hours of your appointment.

Feel free to bring a food journal of the prior several days if you would like to focus on diet from a Chinese Medical perspective. Also, please make sure that you discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your practitioner

Prior to your first acupuncture appointment, I will ask you to complete a comprehensive intake form. The acupuncture intake form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Oriental medicine takes everything into account. Your current symptoms may not seem related to past health issues, but our bodies are complex landscapes and everything that happens to them leaves its mark. After reviewing your intake form, we will discuss your condition, and I will examine your pulse and tongue, which are two of the basic diagnostic methods of Oriental medicine. I may use gentle abdominal palpation to also help make my diagnosis. The acupuncture points I choose will depend on your condition. Once the needles are inserted, I will leave you to lie comfortably for 15-30 minutes with the needles in place. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time. 

Each time you receive a treatment, the points may or may not vary. We use many approaches to balance treating your overall “Constitution” along with your current main complaint. A treatment based on your specific constitution is called a root treatment. A treatment which addresses your main concerns is called a local treatment. Both root treatment and local treatments are done on each visit following the initial consultation.

First Patient Information and Forms  Link

Q:   How many treatments do I need?

How soon your symptoms will improve depends on a number of factors including how long you’ve had your condition, life style, medical history, and age. The frequency of treatments also affects your outcome treatments. Generally, the more chronic the condition, the longer it takes. Acute injuries may resolve more quickly. Most patients may report some feeling of relief within 48 hours of their first treatment. In general, most problems can be resolved in under 10 treatments. 


After a treatment, most patients feel very relaxed, and they report sleeping much better. One of our patients described the feeling as similar to the way she feels after “just having a nice glass of wine”…we liked that description! Relaxation is critical to our bodies for general health and well-being, and even more so when the body is trying to heal.

Patients often experience the most dramatic results after their first treatment. For example, with pain conditions, some patients experience an immediate total or partial relief of their pain or other symptoms. This relief may last or some pain may return. In a few cases, there may be no immediate relief only to notice the pain diminish over the next couple of days. In general, you should expect to feel better.

Q: What is the cost of Acupuncture?

In Massachusetts, acupuncture treatment prices range from $20 - $50 for community acupuncture, where treatments are given in a community setting and all patients are treated together in a common room. Acupuncture in a private setting can be up to $250 for first consult with acupuncture.   We do not have a community clinic at Moore Acupuncture Center. The room is private in a nourishing, peaceful setting to enhance the experience of the treatment and well being. A lot of thought has been put into setting affordable treatment prices at Moore Acupuncture Center.

Prices include the treatment as well as the considerable amount of time spent evaluating and researching your health and treatment plan. If you feel it's time to look at your health from a new perspective and possibly solve some of the mysteries of your current condition, this is the place for you.

Acupuncture treatment at Moore Acupuncture Center is one hour with a focus on main complaint & acupuncture treatment and cost $75.00.

First acupuncture treatment enjoy a free Amethyst BioMat treatment while having acupuncture to support your healing process. This normally alone costs $60.00 for a Amethyst BioMat treatment.   Click this link and scroll down to Amethyst BioMat Treatment to understand the benefits of this healing modality. Link

This consist of focusing on the main complaint and balancing the body to create healing and harmony in the body & mind. The normal cost for a treatment is $75.00, but with the discount for first time patients the cost is only $50.00. It is a way to come in and try out acupuncture to see what it is all about.  

Full extensive intake includes in-depth consultation and treatment is $130. 00 , which is about 1 to 1 1/2 hours and includes extensive intake and acupuncture treatment . Follow up Sessions are $75.00, which last between 45 minutes to an hour.

DISCOUNT: 6 treatments (normally costs $450) with a $50 discount, it will cost $400 for 6 treatments. 

Payment is accepted in the form of cash or check payable to Kimberlee Moore, due at the time services are rendered. Note: Checks issued with insufficient funds will incur an additional $15 fee, due and payable immediately.

Acupuncture and Sound Immersion $100.00 (singing bowls, gongs, and temple bells)

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Do you do House Calls?   I do make house calls. The cost is $150 for an hour treatment (intake/treatment) plus $20.00 gas fee.  

Q: Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Some insurers cover acupuncture. You can usually find out by calling the number on your insurance card. Although we do not accept insurance we are happy to provide a “superbill” that provides all the information you need to submit to your insurance company or flex spending account for reimbursement.

Q: How do I schedule my appointments?

Call Kimberlee at 978-868-6602. It is best to schedule several visits in advance to hold your favorite appointment times. Moore Acupuncture Center is located at 2 Courthouse Lane, Bldg. D in the rear on the 2nd floor, in Chelmsford, MA, 01824


Q: Is there a cancellation and no show policy?

We all know that in life, unexpected things come up. Your appointment time is reserved especially for you. If canceling an appointment is necessary we ask that you kindly give a 24-48 hour cancellation notice in advance, so that other patients are able to receive necessary treatments during that time slot. Any cancellations made with less than 24-hours advanced notice, the full price of treatment will be charged for late cancellation in that other patients had to be turned away for that time slot, and we were unable to fill it. 

Q: Where is your clinic located?

Moore Acupuncture Center 神 is conveniently located off US-3 (Drum Hill Rotary) in Chelmsford MA, (RT-4, Exit 32), at 2 Courthouse Lane, Bldg. D in the rear on 2nd floor. Link

Our clinic appreciates the diversity of human beings and we do not discriminate based on race, national origin, religion, age, height, weight, education, language, ability, marital status, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or any other factor. 

Q: What does the clinic look like?

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Communicable Ailments
If you suspect that you have any form of communicable ailment or illness (cold, flu, etc.), please reschedule your appointment. I will extend the same courtesy to you, if I am ill. At Shen Wellness, we reserves the right to refuse service to anyone due to illness; we are a wellness facility and must consider the health and well-being of all of our patients struggling with immune deficiencies.   Thank you for understanding and your kindness. 

Cell Phones: While we highly recommend completely unplugging for your acupuncture experience, we understand that can be hard to do. We do require silent mode for all electronic devices.

SNOW DAYS: We care about the safety of our patients. If public schools are closed in town, then we follow the same.   Please call in to reschedule your acupuncture appointment at   978-868-6602.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions - Moore Acupuncture Center   神 in Chelmsford, MA

Frequently Asked Questions - Moore Acupuncture Center   神 in Chelmsford, MA