A transformational therapy for naturally bringing balance to your mind, body, and spirit.
A True, Deep Level of Healing
Acupuncture is and has been a part of healing practices for thousands of years in China. The knowledge of this experiential science passed from master to student, eventually spreading to all parts of the world, allowing us to now benefit from this natural form of healing.
This practice differs greatly from Western medicine, but one of the most significant ways is how we approach each patient. Acupuncture is about the connection between all parts of the body and mind. It is about treating the person as a whole. This wider perspective creates a pathway for deep healing, not fixing a small piece of the issue, but rather promoting recovery for the whole system.
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When you prioritize your health, you’re prioritizing your happiness, good relationships, and productive work. Acupuncture is rooted in the belief that all those threads that make up our self and world are connected and require balance. When something is out of balance, the manifestation could come in the form of poor sleep, pain, or stress. The promotion of qi flow produced during acupuncture treatments helps our patients find relief for many issues and conditions both mental and physical.
The direct stimulation of the nervous system, not commonly available in many healthcare treatments, makes acupuncture a good therapy for those hoping to find relief from conditions that have persisted even when treated with medications or other therapies.
Acupuncture Treatments We Offer
There are a variety of options when it comes to acupuncture treatments. We offer traditional acupuncture and electroacupuncture. We also pair acupuncture treatments with moxibustion and/or cupping depending on the patient and their needs. We’ll discuss your medical history and health goals with you before you start treatment so we can create a custom plan for your specific condition and needs. Our recommendations will vary, but we’ll walk you through the entire process and answer any questions you may have.
Acupuncture and Cupping
Acupuncture and Moxibustion
Acupuncture treatments improve or reestablish the flow of qi throughout the body by inserting small needles into the skin along the meridians. When the energy flow is balanced, the patient will feel relief and experience healing in the targeted areas.
During treatment, patients can expect to have acupuncture needles placed anywhere on the body – most commonly on the arms, legs, head, back, and abdomen for a period of 5 to 30 minutes. Needles may also be stimulated by rotating or manipulating the needle during treatment to further improve qi and blood flow.
Acupuncture and Cupping
Acupuncture and cupping are two therapies that enhance the effects of the other, which is why we pair these treatments together. Each works to improve your flow of qi, blood, and energies to improve circulation and remove blockages. The positive effects can be felt in the specific spots of focus, plus the skin, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves.
Cupping Therapy Is Not for Everyone
While cupping can be a very beneficial practice, it is not appropriate for every patient or for the treatment of certain conditions. Your practitioner will discuss your medical history with you to determine if cupping is right for you. We also do not practice wet cupping and avoid cupping on certain parts of the body.
Acupuncture and Moxibustion
Moxibustion produces a pleasant warming sensation at the site of the moxa. Our clinic primarily uses smokeless stick moxa, holding it over an area or acupuncture point on the body. When you feel the warmth become hot we pause, then repeat. This indirect technique is called pecking and continues for several minutes.
E-stim treatments are almost identical to traditional acupuncture treatments. Clips are attached to the needles once they are in place. Then the low-voltage electrical current flows between two acupuncture needles to stimulate the flow of qi.
During treatment, patients can expect to have acupuncture needles placed on the arms, hands, wrists, elbows, legs, knees, ankles, feet, hips, neck, lower back, shoulders, or abdomen for a period of 5 to 30 minutes. The pulses can be continuous or intermittent and pulses can vary between 32 Microseconds (ΜS) and 320 Microseconds (ΜS).
A Path to Better Health
What We Treat
Acupuncture is a holistic approach to medicine that focuses on restoring balance to the entire body. The benefits of improving the flow of qi and removing blockages bring relief to a number of conditions throughout your whole system. You’ll find healing for specific issues, but also feel a sense of harmony that radiates through your body and mind.
Chronic & Acute Pain
Mental & Emotional Health
Sleep & Insomnia
Common Conditions Treated With Acupuncture
Acupuncture is an effective therapy for a wide variety of health issues, including those that are physical, mental, or emotional in nature. Many of our patients come in for issues related to sleep, stress, acute or chronic pain, and anxiety.
We use acupuncture treatments for a wide range of symptoms, including:
- Pain management
- Low back/Sciatic/Sacrum pain
- Mid and upper back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder, elbow, forearm, and wrist pain
- Hip, knee, and joint pain
- Headaches or migraines
- Sports or other types of injuries
- Fertility and gynecological conditions
- Preparation for Labor and Delivery
- Turning a breech baby naturally
- Menstrual and hormonal health
- Menstrual cycle pain or irregularity
- Sperm quality and quantity
- Women’s and men’s health
- Sleep and insomnia
- Energy, stamina, low energy, and fatigue
- Digestive conditions
- Stress and mental health
- Anxiety, depression, and emotional health
- Allergies, asthma, and other breathing problems
Acupuncture Delivers Peace to Body & Mind
Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, but in the West this therapy is often not the first thought when seeking healing. We welcome all to come and discover how this ancient practice can bring you a deep experience of peace in both your mind and body. From relieving pain and restoring energy and normal function, to bringing more even moods, resilience, and faster processing of trauma and emotional pain—acupuncture could be the best decision you make for your health.
Practitioners Offering Acupuncture Treatments
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Acupuncture Really Work?
Acupuncture is an experiential science that has been practiced in Asia for thousands of years. The tradition was practiced and passed down from master to student. The longevity of acupuncture within Asia and its resilience within China specifically directly speaks to the validity and importance of this medicine. Acupuncture survived the Cultural Revolution in China – a time when the Chinese government attempted to purge remnants of capitalist and traditional elements from Chinese society.
We can see the results in our patients ourselves, but we also hear about their improvements as they progress. Of course, the goals and also results of treatments differ from patient to patient. We’ve seen some patients experience results in as little as 3-6 treatments, but have also treated patients that needed therapy for 6 or more months.
How does acupuncture work?
In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is linked to the belief that disease is caused by disruptions to the flow of energy, or qi, in the body. Acupuncture stimulates points on or under the skin called acupuncture points or acupressure points, releasing this qi. The qi then travels through channels called meridians. This release of qi brings relief to the conditions or symptoms that were targeted during treatment.
How is it possible for one treatment modality to deliver such a wide range of results? To learn more about how acupuncture works, see our articles about:
- How acupuncture works for stress/anxiety/depression
- How acupuncture works for physical pain
- How we select the acupuncture points
- The secrets of pulse diagnosis
- The secrets of tongue diagnosis
What is the Difference Between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?
Both dry needling and acupuncture involve the insertion of needles into certain parts of the body, however, intention, practitioner, placement of needles, and uses all differ.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine that focuses on restoring the balance of qi (energy) throughout the body. The placement of the needles is based on the meridian lines that represent the organs. That knowledge is used to treat a variety of conditions and symptoms, from fertility and menstrual health to physical and mental issues. These treatments are only to be performed by trained acupuncturists.
Dry needling is a newer, Western medicine that is usually performed by a physical therapist. During these treatments, needles are placed on trigger points (a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group) to help relieve acute or chronic pain.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Each patient varies in their sensitivity and response to acupuncture. Many feel the initial insertion of the needles as they first break the skin. It is fairly normal to feel an achiness or bee sting-like sensation at the site of insertion. This feeling usually disappears after a few deep breaths. If an individual is found to be extra sensitive to the insertion of the needles, the practitioner will take extra care to provide comfort, which may include the use of smaller needles.
We will communicate with you throughout the process to ensure you are comfortable and at ease.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes, acupuncture is a safe way to treat a number of conditions. Our practitioners are all licensed and experienced acupuncturists that are adept at practicing this natural medicine. We invest time in taking a detailed medical history and listen closely to our patient’s needs to determine the safest and most effective way to move forward with treatment.
What Does Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture can be used to treat a great many conditions and symptoms. Anything you would go to our primary care physician for can likely be treated with acupuncture.
Here are some of the issues acupuncture can help with:
- Acute and Chronic Pain
- Sleep Issues and Insomnia
- Digestive Issues
- Low Energy and Fatigue
- Women’s and Men’s Health Issues
- Menstrual and Hormonal Health
- Prenatal and Perinatal Care
- Breech Babies
- Mental and Emotional Health
Does Medicare Cover Acupuncture?
Not at this time. However, our professional organizations have been working with members of Congress to include acupuncture. We highly recommend you reach out to your representatives and ask them to support Congress bill HR 4803: Acupuncture for Our Seniors Act of 2021. To learn more check out the American Society of Acupuncturists Fact Sheet.
Is Acupuncture Covered by Insurance?
Yes, acupuncture treatments are covered by many insurances. Our clinic is in-network with Carefirst, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and United Healthcare. We will bill out of network for all other insurance companies.
To check if your insurance provider covers acupuncture treatments, fill out our form to verify your benefits. We’ll notify you by email with the results in 3-5 business days.
How Much Does Acupuncture Cost?
The cost of our acupuncture treatments is based on your specific needs and if it is grouped with another therapy. Our fees change from time to time, so be sure to check out our rate page for current pricing.
What to Wear to Acupuncture
We recommend wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothes or you may bring a pair of shorts and a t-shirt to change into when you arrive at the clinic. This will help ensure the correct placement of needles. Plus, you want to wear something comfortable so you can fully relax during the treatment.
What to Expect During Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture treatments vary a bit based on what’s being treated and your specific needs. Generally, needles will be placed on various parts of the body, which could include the arms, legs, wrists, hands, head, torso, back, and ears for a period of 5 to 30 minutes. The needles may also be moved to further stimulate blood flow. Your practitioner will communicate with you during the treatment to make sure you are as comfortable as possible.
What to Expect After Acupuncture
Response to acupuncture treatments is different from person to person. One person might feel very calm and relaxed, while another may walk out of the clinic feeling energized. It’s important to listen to your body after each treatment, stay hydrated, and try to relax. We encourage you to share how you feel after treatment with your practitioner so we can provide you with the best experience.
How Long Does it Take for Acupuncture to Work?
Each patient is unique in their needs and their response to acupuncture. Some patients experience results in as little as 3-4 treatments while others may need to be in active treatment for 3-6 months. We’ll create a treatment plan for you before your sessions begin that will provide you with more information. We will also reassess at certain intervals and adjust your treatment plan as needed.
How Often Should You Get Acupuncture?
Treatment plans vary based on a patient’s diagnosis and condition. Common treatment plans can vary from twice per week for 2-8 weeks to once per week for 3-6 months. Your practitioner will discuss your specific treatment plan during your initial visit.
What To Expect
You can expect to find a partner in your health journey.
At Transformational Acupuncture, we strive to provide a welcoming environment to each and every patient. We understand traditional healthcare can make some wary of seeking help, even if it’s for the betterment of their health. That’s why we take a holistic approach when treating each person. You will be listened to, treated with respect, and be seen as a true partner in your own health journey.
At the beginning of your treatment you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we’ll discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we’ll create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve.
Your Patient Journey
At the beginning of your treatment, you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we will discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we will create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve.
Learn more about your complete patient journey.
Get Started Today
Begin your holistic health journey by scheduling an appointment today. Schedule online or give us a call at (202) 297-7404.
To learn if your insurance covers acupuncture and other treatments, please fill out our short form to verify your benefits with us.
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