The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) embodies this definition by approaching health holistically through acupuncture therapy.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an all-natural medicine refined over many thousands of years. It’s proven science – we are made of energy. Everything, including the human body, is simply energy stored in mass particle form. When these energies are blocked or deficient, this disrupts our overall health, resulting in pain or illness. Acupuncture needles stimulate specific points along energy meridians, which helps to restore balance and optimal health.
People often seek acupuncture care when their symptoms are multi-layered or complicated. Often, where Western Medical treatment lacks, Acupuncture shines. If you have symptoms your doctor cannot diagnose or a condition that has not been completely resolved, acupuncture is an incredible treatment option.
Acupuncture care is uniquely tailored to each patient by treating the root cause behind many everyday health complaints (without the unwanted side effects of medication). Acupuncture is also a fantastic option for those interested in overall health and long-term preventative care, even if they do not have any specific medical complaints. Patients feel more energetic, calm, emotionally balanced, positive, and resistant to stress with regularly scheduled treatments.
What Does Acupuncture Treat?
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for many common disorders. The list below encompasses both symptoms and diseases acupuncture can treat.
- Emotional/Psychological Symptoms
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat, Respiratory Disorders
- Circulatory Disorders
- Gynecological/Genitourinary Disorders
- Immune Disorders
- Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders
- Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects
- Dermatological Disorders (acne, eczema, psoriasis)
- Cosmetic Concerns
Do The Needles Hurt?
Acupuncture needles are often not even felt when inserted. Occasionally patients may experience a small brief sensation, dissipating several seconds after insertion. Even the most sensitive patients are surprised by how painless and profoundly relaxing the experience is.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Increases circulation for better blood flow to injured or deficient areas of the body while flushing out waste products and toxins.
Releases muscle tension & pain by stimulating trigger points. Trigger points are tender areas of tight muscle fibers. When stimulated with acupuncture needles, these areas release tension. The needles stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms at the site of the pain, releasing histamines, which relax blood vessels and increase blood flow into the area.
Produces endorphins that help relieve pain, reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and improve your sense of well-being.
Reduces stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system (rest, relax & digest) and reducing the output of cortisol – the stress hormone.
Stimulates the parasympathetic system We only heal in a parasympathetic state. When the parasympathetic nervous system is activated, it slows our heart and breathing rates, lowers blood pressure, and promotes digestion. Our body enters a state of relaxation, and this relaxation breeds recovery. The more time we spend in this state, the healthier we are!
Regulates the immune system through the activation of T-cells and nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is recognized as one of the most versatile players in the immune system. It is involved in the pathogenesis and control of infectious diseases, tumors, autoimmune processes, and chronic degenerative diseases. Acupuncture strengthens the body’s defenses against colds, flu, allergies, autoimmune conditions, and inflammation. Acupuncture needles can stimulate both red and white blood cell production.
Reduces inflammation Through the mechanisms mentioned above, acupuncture regulates the inflammatory response. Improper and out-of-control Inflammation is at the root of most contemporary diseases. Less inflammation equates to a longer and higher quality of life.
Regulates the central nervous system. Electroacupuncture uses a small machine that emits a painless electromagnetic pulse to regulate the central nervous system. Depending on the frequency and amplitude used for treatment, a variety of chemicals can be targeted, such as GABA, beta-endorphins, serotonin, ACTH, and many others.
The X factor. Despite ongoing research, we don’t know everything about how acupuncture works on the body. Sometimes acupuncture has seemingly miraculous results that can only be experienced and are not yet fully understood.
Do You Take My Insurance?
Aubrey Therkelsen, Licensed Acupuncturist, is an out-of-network provider. Many people have out-of-network coverage and can be reimbursed for their acupuncture treatments! Patients are also able to use their Health Savings Accounts (HSA). Please text or email a photo of your insurance card (front & back) and your date of birth to 732-513-4281 or [email protected] We will verify your acupuncture coverage for you!
How Much Does It Cost?
The rates listed are for non-insurance patients and do not include package options.
Acupuncture New Patient Initial Exam + Treatment ~ 90-minutes $130
Acupuncture Established Patient ~ 60-min $80
Acupuncture Established Patient with cupping ~ 90-minutes $100
Gift cards are available for significant others, family, friends, and coworkers.
Is There Package Pricing?
Package pricing is available. Please inquire about package pricing at your first appointment. Packages of 6 and 10 sessions are available, which brings down the cost of each session significantly.
Applications For Acupuncture
Acupuncture has much broader applications beyond pain relief. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of common illnesses, including:
Upper Respiratory System
- Acute sinusitis
- Acute rhinitis
- Common Cold and Flu
- Acute tonsillitis
- Acute bronchitis
- Bronchial asthma
- Post Extraction Pain
- Acute and Chronic Pharyngitis
- Spasms of esophagus
- Acute and Chronic Gastritis
- Gastric Hyperacidity
- Chronic Duodenal Ulcer (pain relief)
- Acute Duodenal Ulcer (without complications)
- Acute and Chronic Colitis
- Acute Bacillary Dysentery
- Paralytic Ileus
Neurologic and Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Headache and Migraine
- Trigeminal Neuralgias
- Facial Palsy (early stage, i.e., within 3-6 months)
- Pareses Following a Stroke
- Peripheral Neuropathies
- Meniere’s Disease
- Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction
- Nocturnal Enuresis (bedwetting)
- Intercostal Neuralgia
- Cervicobrachial Syndrome
- Frozen Shoulder
- Low Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Back and Knee Pain
- Chronic Fatigue
- Sports Injuries and Pains
Reproductive and Gynecological Conditions
- Premenstrual Syndrome
- Dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps)
- Spotting and Excessive Bleeding
- Amenorrhea (Loss of Menstrual Period)
Mental Emotional Problems
How Can I Schedule an Appointment?
Text or call Aubrey Therkelsen, LAc at 732-513-4281 to schedule an appointment.
Monday: 12:00pm – 6:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 2:00pm