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Your First Appointment will take about an hour and a half. During followup appointments, which last approximately 45 minutes, we may introduce other therapies in addition to acupuncture. Scroll down for more information about acupuncture or any of our other therapeutic techniques. Click here to read about the Conditions Treated with traditional Chinese medicine.

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  • Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely fine needles into specific points on the body. These needles stimulate your body to restore balanced health. How does this work? Energy, or Qi (pronounced Chee), flows throughout your body in predictable patterns called meridians. If the Qi flow is blocked you become ill or experience pain. The acupuncture needles are inserted at designated points on acupuncture meridians which influence the balance of qi and blood flow, thereby restoring health. Modern studies have shown that acupuncture influences the central and peripheral nervous systems, releases endorphins to relieve stress and pain, affects blood sugar levels, and lowers blood pressure. It has also been shown to enhance the functions of the gastrointestinal system and endocrine system and improve circulation.^ Top of page
  • Electro-acupuncture is a form of acupuncture in which pairs of needles are connected using a device that generates electrical pulsations between them. Electro-acupuncture is very effective at treating chronic, stubborn pain and neurological conditions.^ Top of page
  • Chinese Herbal formulas are an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine. Patients in China receive pharmaceutical and herbal prescriptions from the same practitioner, a doctor trained in both eastern and western medicine. Our safe herbal treatments are tailored for you as an individual and treat the underlying cause of disease, not just the symptoms. Herbal formulas have the potential to accelerate the healing process and the ability to treat aspects of your disharmony that are less responsive to acupuncture.^ Top of page
  • Nutrition and Lifestyle Advice are an important part of your health care plan. Chinese therapeutic nutrition uses simple, sensible guidelines about what to eat based on your individual constitution. There’s no counting calories or grams of fat, just advice about how to choose foods that will reinforce your acupuncture treatments and enable you to maintain your therapeutic results for the long term. Additionally, Kristin and Elissa may recognize patterns in your life that are inhibiting your body from healing and give you advice about how to create a balanced lifestyle.^ Top of page
  • Glass Cupping is a form of traditional medicine found in many cultures worldwide. A flame is held briefly inside of a glass cup to create a vacuum. The cup is then quickly placed and suctioned onto a target area on your body. Our practitioners use glass fire cupping to move stagnant qi and blood and to draw toxins to the surface of the skin to be released. Cupping is used to treat chronic pain, acute pain, respiratory difficulties, and as an adjunct therapy for many other health conditions.^ Top of page
  • Moxibustion is a type of heat therapy that involves burning Chinese mugwort (artemisia) near the surface of the body. The Chinese word for acupuncture, “zhenjiu” literally translates as “acupuncture and moxibustion”, which gives you a sense of the importance of this accessory therapy. We may use moxa during your treatment to stimulate specific acupuncture points, to increase qi and blood flow to a painful area, to warm up your body, or to improve your energy. This therapy is especially useful for certain fertility issues, for chronic health issues, to turn breech babies, to stop bleeding, and in the treatment of cold, weak, frail or elderly patients. At Family Acupuncture we perform moxa using a pressed charcoal stick made from Chinese mugwort.^ Top of page
  • Shonishin At Dane County Family Acupuncture we treat infants, toddlers, and young children using a gentle, painless, Japanese style of needle-free acupuncture called Shonishin. Shonishin not only helps kids and relieves stress for parents, many children enjoy this treatment! Special tools are used to stimulate acupuncture points and meridians by tapping, rubbing, and brushing. Other methods of treatment include the application of heat, dietary therapy, and herbal medicine. The goal of treatment is to restore the child to a balanced state of health. A well balanced child is strong, active, gets sick less frequently, and has less developmental or behavioral issues.^ Top of page
  • Auricular Acupuncture is one of the microsystems that we use to select points for your acupuncture treatments. In a microsystem, a very small area (in this case your ears) represents the entire body. Needles are placed on designated points on your ear, and these points correspond to any location on your body’s interior or exterior. We recommend auricular acupuncture appointments for conditions like stress, toothache, hormonal issues, psychological disorders, weight loss, smoking cessation and substance addiction. For example, if you come to us for weight loss, we may recommend that you come in a few days of the week for a quick, affordable auricular acupuncture treatment to reinforce your acupuncture treatment plan. We commonly choose one or two ear points during a standard acupuncture treatment as well.^ Top of page
  • Ear seeds can be used instead of needles to extend the effects of your acupuncture treatment. Your practitioner may apply mustard seeds to designated points on your ear using a small tape backing. Ear seeds do not puncture the skin. You can press on these seeds periodically to re-stimulate the treatment points. These seeds can remain in place for up to 3 days.^ Top of page
  • Acupressure uses the application of physical pressure instead of the insertion of needles to activate acupuncture points. Your practitioner puts pressure on prescribed points using her fingers, hands, elbows or with mechanical devices. We occasionally recommend acupressure in the treatment of children, the elderly, and extremely needle sensitive patients.^ Top of page
  • Gua Sha is a Chinese folk therapy that applies repetitive, pressured scraping with a tool on oiled skin over specific injured areas of the body. This scraping draws stagnant blood from painful areas or locations where there is imbalance and results in sub-cutaneous blemishing called “sha”. Your practitioner may use Guasha to relieve chronic pain, to resolve an old injury, to combat fatigue, to increase circulation, to relieve headaches, and to halt the progression of an oncoming cold or flu.^ Top of page
  • Tuina is an invigorating type of Chinese therapeutic body work that literally translates as “pushing and pulling”. Your practitioner may use several techniques, including acupressure, kneading, tapping, grasping, pulling, plucking, rubbing, brushing, traction, and range of motion exercises. Tuina influences the balance of qi and blood, massages the muscles and tendons, and affects the alignment of ligaments and bones. Five to ten minutes of tuina may be applied before or after your acupuncture treatment as an adjunct therapy for stress, pain, limited range of motion, muscular weakness, and many other conditions.^ Top of page
  • ** Arvigo Technique of Maya Abdominal Therapy (ATMAT) is founded on an ancient Mayan technique of abdominal massage. This is performed externally by gently guiding and supporting organs back into their optimal position, allowing for improved functioning for optimal health and wellness. Best known for addressing misalignment or congestion in the reproductive organs of both men and women, as well as many common digestive disorders, Arvigo Maya Massage improves the vital flows of energy, blood, lymph, and nerves in the abdomen. It addresses and can release emotional and energetic tension from the abdomen. This assists to prevent the progression of chronic disease symptomology while improving the body’s ability to self repair and balance.      ** Kristin is no longer accepting new patients for the Arvigo Techniques.  If you are not currently an acupuncture or massage patient of Kristin’s, she highly recommends the care of Angela Doherty, whose office is on the east side of Madison, and Heidi Jost, whose office is on the west side of Madison.  ^ Top of page