Chinese Medicine is supported by modern research and backed by centuries of clinical experience.
What to expect on your first treatment
During your first visit Sean will take a detailed medical history of your condition. Sean will ask a broad series of questions to analyze your overall health. He will analyze your pulse and tongue and formulate a treatment plan to address your condition. Your treatment plan may include herbal treatment, acupuncture, or both. The initial visit includes assessment, treatment plan, and herbal medicine treatment.
Initial Visit 60 min $125*
Herbal Consultation 45 min $90*
Herbal Consultation 30 30 min $60*
Acupuncture 60 min $90
*Plus the cost of herbs. The cost of herbs typically runs $30-45 per week, though it can be higher in some cases. We use the highest quality herbs available and do our best to keep prices as low as possible without compromising quality and efficacy.
We accept Cash, Check, and Credit Cards. If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flex spending as part of your medical insurance you can use them for acupuncture services. In many HSA plans herbs can also be covered. If you have acupuncture benefits with your insurance we can print you a superbill to submit for re-imbursement. US veterans can get coverage for acupuncture services through the VA hospital in Iowa City or Ottumwa. We accept patients from the VA hospital and are glad to support our country's veterans.
Acupuncture is an effective form of complementary medicine based on traditional Chinese Medicine that promotes the body's natural healing response. Very thin, sterile, single-use needles are inserted into precise acupuncture points on the skin that stimulate the body to correct imbalances and improve normal functioning.
A patient's signs and symptoms determine which points to use. Acupuncture is painless, safe and effective way to treat a variety of medical conditions. Clinical research continues to prove its validity and fuel it's growth and acceptance.
There are many schools and styles of Acupuncture. Orthopedic Acupuncture is often employed to treat pain, injuries, for sports medicine, and to improve athletic performance. Japanese Acupuncture is a very gentle method of acupuncture which is well suited to individuals who are easily overstimulated. It can also be an excellent introduction to children or anyone new to acupuncture.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine is an essential component of Chinese Medicine. It has been practiced, developed, and refined over two millenia into the most comprehensive herbal medicine system in human history. Clinicians, Scholars, and Emperors of China safeguarded their medicine throughout history as a national treasure. As a result it was able to grow and develop through utilization and peer reviewed critique, and has been passed on to today's Chinese Herbalists as an incredibly valuable tool in restoring and maintaning health and wellness.
For chronic, intractable health problems Chinese Herbs are often necessary to bring a person back to balance. Herbs work in the body as substantial, biochemical agents that can resolve long-standing health issues by treating the root imbalance. Chinese Herbs can reset the body's metabolism and hormone system so it can return to homeostatic balance.
Herbal formulas are carefully chosen to address both the symptoms and the underlying cause of your condition. Formulas may be administered as whole herbs which are cooked at home into a tea, powders to be taken with hot water, or as capsules. They are chosen to best fit the patients needs and convenience.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is potent medicine and should only be prescribed by a skilled, licensed practitioner.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of the mugwort herb, artemesia vulgaris, over or sometimes directly on the skin. The Chinese character that refers to Acupuncture is ZhenJiu. Zhen refers to Acupuncture and Jiu means Moxibustion. Moxibustion is not as well known in the US, but it is equally effective and important to Chinese Medicine treatment as Acupuncture.
Moxibustion has been used for thousands of years to strengthen the immune system, stimulate blood flow, initiate healing, and maintain overall health. The penetrating heat provides relief for pain, and can be especially useful for arthritis and joint pain. Modern research has verified the ability of moxibustion to stimulate immune function and increase NK cell activity.
Cupping and Guasha
Cupping and Guasha are ancient methods of myofasical release that can relieve chronic muscle tension and pain, and facilitate the circulation of blood, lymph, and removal of metabolic waste from the body tissues. Cupping Therapy dates back at least 4000 years and has been practiced in cultures all over the world. Today Cupping and Guasha are frequently used to treat chronic muscle tension and pain. Cupping is especially effective in relieving chronic muscle tension involved in neck pain, TMD/TMJ pain, and back pain. In Chinese Medicine, Cupping also has a long and successful history of treating respiratory diseases such as asthma, pneumonia, cough, bronchitis, and allergies.
Cupping involves using suction and a glass or bamboo cup to gently pull skin, fascia, and muscle tissue into the cup. Our clinic uses traditional 'fire cupping' where a small flame is placed inside the cup and removed to create a vacuum.
Guasha is a technique that uses a smooth edged metal or stone tool to gently work the muscles and fascia, unwinding tension and adhesions and breaking up scar tissue. The Guasha method is the basis for modern branded techniques such as the Graston technique.
Tuina and Shiatsu Massage
Tuina is a Chinese style of massage that uses a variety of techniques to reduce pain, tension, and stiffness. Tuina uses pressure along acupuncture channels as well as stretching to speed healing and reduce pain. Tuina is often focused on the patient's specific problem or painful area, and the problem is evaluated with orthopedic exams to treat the problem most effectively. Tuina is especially effective for pain in the neck, back, shoulders and hips, TMD, and headaches associated with tension and stress.
Shiatsu is a Japanese style of massage that uses massage along the acupuncture channels to address pain and imbalances. It is a very relaxing and soothing massage technique.