VAMT believes the benefits of acupuncture are numerous. Acupuncture is a beautiful practice for every body, in every day life. Below, you will find a list of benefits and common reasons people seek our acupuncture services.

The Benefits of Acupuncture

  • Pain alleviation/alternative to pain medication
  • Relief from headaches and migraines
  • Stress reduction and prevention
  • Relief of anxiety, depression, PTSD
  • Balance of emotions and energy
  • Restful sleep
  • Immunity enhancement
  • Relief of cold and sinus symptoms
  • Hormone balance
  • Fertility obstacles
  • Posterior or breach baby
  • Hot flashes
  • Skin health (acne, rashes, Shingles

Acupuncture FAQ

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a technique, originating in ancient China, which inserts fine needles in the body in order to illicit a healing response. It’s an effective therapy used to treat a wide variety of health concerns. Examples include: Low energy, insomnia, back and neck pain, sciatica, headache, jaw pain, nausea and vomiting, hypertension, allergies, sinus pain, plantar fasciitis, premenstrual tension, menopausal symptoms, anxiety and depression and many more.

How does acupuncture work?

Our bodies innately want to heal themselves. When you are injured, anything from breaking a bone to a paper cut, your body will start the process of healing. Broken bones will grow back together (might need to be reset of course!) and paper cuts are gone before you know it. Acupuncture uses needles to illicit that same healing response except this time, the trauma is painless, safe and intentional, microscopic and doesn’t hurt.

How many times will I need to come in for treatments?

Our goal is to see you once or twice a month, for as long as you’d like. However, in the beginning few months, treatments are closer together to help the body learn a new way of living. The questions below help answer how long your initial treatment plan will be:
1) How long has the issue been there?
Generally speaking, chronic cases take longer to reach a balance in the body than acute.
2) What does your overall health look like?
The more in-balance the body is, the faster it heals. We all have layers of physical, emotional and spiritual trauma. How deep is yours?
3) How committed are you to the healing process?
Are you ready to heal? I know the obvious answer to most is “of course!” But, many times, that’s not the case. And that’s AOK. As humans, we hang on to more hurt and suffering than we realize and for good reason-that hanging on helps us survive and live in the world today. However, I’m fairly certain just for the mere fact that you’re reading this,…you’re ready!
4) You availability for treatments
We like treatment plans. In the beginning, seeing you twice a week for 3 weeks might be recommended. However, we understand not everyone can make this work. Know that the more you can come in, especially in the beginning, the more energy you are giving your body to recover and recover quickly.

Can you treat my problem?

Chinese medicine can be helpful for most health conditions. Acupuncture, cupping, moxa, food therapy, lifestyle changes and Chinese herbal formulas can address many, many health concerns.

Visit our Benefits of Acupuncture page for a list of common conditions we treat.

Can I get acupuncture for wellness?

Yes!  Acupuncture strengthens the body to prevent illness. People use Chinese traditional medicine as part of their health maintenance plan.  After an initial treatment series, people may choose to come in bi-weekly or monthly to maintain their improved health.

Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

Melinda Spike, LAc, COMT, CHC
Health Partners, Cigna and Preferred One.

Rachel Kristyniak, LAc, MOM< Dipl, Ac
Health Partners, Cigna.

If you have any of these insurance providers, please call them prior to your first visit to verify coverage as plans vary. If you do not have coverage or do not have these health care providers, we offer a same-day payment plan at a discounted rate to all patients as well as an Acupuncture Punch Card. We know insurance can be confusing-please don’t hesitate to call us for more information.