acupuncture and chinese medicine services
what is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine. It involves penetrating the skin with very fine needles that are manipulated by hand or by electrical stimulation (electro-acupuncture). Acupuncture is utilized to treat conditions by stimulating certain critical locations on the body (acu-points) in order to control and regulate blood circulation, autonomic systems and endogenous mechanisms, to restore physiological balance. This includes re-establishing somatic, visceral, immune function and homeostasis, as well as promoting pain relief and tissue healing.
what is Chinese Medicine?
Chinese medicine is an umbrella term that includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition and lifestyle counseling, Tui na massage, cupping, guasha, moxibustion, and Qigong exercise and meditation. Chinese medicine is one of the oldest, continuously practiced medical systems in the world and is utilized by nearly one-third of the world’s population as a primary health care system or as adjunctive therapy. The fundamental principles of Chinese medicine are to treat the person as an integrated whole in body, mind and spirit, and to remedy the root cause of illness and disease, not only the symptoms.
what conditions are treated with acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These bodies have declared acupuncture an effective treatment for the following conditions:
- Acute and chronic pain
- Arthritis, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
- Asthma and allergies
- Bell’s palsy
- Digestive problems
- Ear and eye problems
- Fibromyalgia, other autoimmune diseases
- Immune system support
- Infertility and In-vitro Fertilization
- Menstrual and menopausal issues
- Mental and emotional conditions
- Nausea, morning sickness
- Numbness and tingling
- Postpartum depression
- Skin disorders
- Stress management
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Urinary problems
- …and more
For certain conditions, such as cancer, acupuncture is often supportive and provided as an adjunct to other medical treatments.
Peninsula Natural Health Center are currently contracted with the following acupuncture insurance providers:
Blue Cross Blue Shield
KPS Health Plans
First Choice Health
Group Health Options (through first choice)
Aetna (only allows very few codes**)
If you do not have insurance coverage, Peninsula Natural Health Center does offer cash courtesy rates: