The first known book on acupuncture dates from 200 B.C. Although the origin of acupuncture is usually attributed to China, there is also evidence that the ancient Egyptians also practiced acupuncture.
Acupuncture is based on the meridian system. There is no scientific proof that this system exists. It is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has traditionally been used to address many conditions, including migraines, muscular pain and tension, allergies, skin conditions, incontinence, insomnia, cravings, emotional issues, and other pathologies. We do not make any claims that it is a cure, nor do we want to interfere with whatever a medical doctor may have advised you to do. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health recently published this article about acupuncture: Acupuncture May be Helpful for Chronic Pain: A Meta-Analysis.
For most conditions, our acupuncturist would recommend that you commit to four treatments. If you are not noticing improvement by that time, she will not continue to treat you. For some progressive conditions, she may suggest a longer commitment at the outset, and she will discuss that with you during your initial interview. Please note that any improvement may also be attributed to the placebo effect.
The initial session is $75.00 Subsequent visits are $50.00. Most sessions will last an hour or a little longer.
Most insurance will not cover acupuncture, or in some cases, cover it only for specific conditions. You are welcome to contact your insurance company to ask them about coverage. BCBS covers acupuncture in most cases only for people who are nauseous from the effects of chemotherapy, nauseous after receiving anesthesia, and women who are in labor. Medicare does not cover acupuncture at all.
Jennifer Burnett is a Licensed Acupuncturist and a Diplomat of the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Her skill and easy-going manner will make even first-timers comfortable with the needles. She received a Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder. During her educational endeavors, Jennifer received a scholarship for high academic achievement in herbal medicine. She has a particular interest in working with OB-GYN patients and with cancer patients.
If you’ve never tried acupuncture because of a fear of needles, bear in mind that the acupuncture needles are much finer than those used for injections.
NEW! A Non-Surgical Facelift
Cosmetic Acupuncture is an effective, non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging. It is based on the principles of Chinese Medicine, which involves the insertion of very thin disposable needles into the acupuncture points on the face. This superficial insertion will increase the local circulation to the face and stimulate collagen production, which will fill out the lines and give firmness to the skin for a healthy, glowing complexion.
A 1996 report in the international journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported thatamong 300 cases treated with Cosmetic Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment (10 sessions).
Benefits and Effects
Cosmetic Acupuncture may take 5-10 years off your face. It helps to eliminate fine lines and makes the deeper lines look softer. It can also help to minimize dark circles, puffy eyes, double chin, sagging skin, and dropping eyelids. Other benefits include:
~ Relaxes muscle tone
~ Increases circulation, therefore oxygenates the skin
~ Increases collagen production
~ Tightens the pores, and brightens the eyes
~ Keeps acne skin under control
~ Nourishes the skin, giving you a healthy complexion with a natural glow
~ Moisturizes the skin from inside, and gives rosy cheeks to people with dull, tired-looking skin
Who would benefit from this procedure?
Anyone who wants to delay the process of aging and wants to look and feel younger.
What is the course of treatment?
The course of the treatment is between 8-10 sessions once a week. Each individual will respond different to the treatment depending on their age and lifestyle. Sessions typically last one and a half hours.
How long before the patient sees improvement?
It all depends on the characteristics of the skin and constitution of the patient. However, most see improvement after 4-5 sessions. Visible results will be noticeable after 6 sessions.
Cosmetic Acupuncture can last 3-5 years. It is important to understand that the aging process continues during this time. Diet, lifestyle and illnesses can affect the length of the results. A once a month appointment can help maintain the results or some patients choose to have the whole protocol once a year to revitalize the results and their whole body, mind and spirit.
The cost for an individual 1.5 hour Cosmetic Acupuncture session is $90. Series of 8 paid in advance $600.
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