One of the great attributes of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the consideration of the signs and symptoms as they relate to the individual. Each patient presents with subtle differences, it is in the details that help to arrive at a treatment plan. This can only happen after careful consideration of symptoms as reported by the individual and the observation of the acupuncturist. Results are monitored and adjustments as symptoms change and/or improve.
Acupuncture treats a wide variety of symptoms. Most people have heard that acupuncture is great for the management of pain which is true. Acupuncture can treat just about any concern including insomnia, constipation, infertility, nausea, digestive issues, as well as improving stress and mood. Acupuncture returns the body into harmony so the body may heal itself. It is important to know that acupuncture can work concurrently with other treatment modalities.
"When you touch one thing with deep awareness,
you touch everything."
- Lao Tzu
Maria received a Bachelor of Professional Studies and Master of Science in Acupuncture at Pacific College of Health and Science and has completed the Doctoral Program at the same college. Recognizing that healing is an integrative practice in which the mind, body and spirit are entwined, Maria understands that finding balance amongst these aspects can create a space for healing.
Maria is dedicated to working with patients where they are currently on their healing journey and helping them realize their goals for personal wellness. She explains, “acupuncture treats the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the body, thus bringing balance into the body, in turn this promotes wellness and healing. Acupuncture treats the person as a whole. That is the beauty of Traditional Chinese Medicine.”
Maria’s practice includes the treatment of gynecological concerns including PMS, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, and fertility. She also works with patients experiencing insomnia and/or digestive issues, as well as pain, but does not limit herself to a singular specialty. She has worked with scar therapy, an important aspect of the healing process. Her passion overall is to work towards health and wellness maintenance explaining that “maintaining wellness is the key to enjoying life to the fullest.”
What to expect...
Arrive 20 minutes prior to your first appointment. This will give you time to find parking, locate our office and settle in. Be sure to fill out of the forms that have been emailed to you and email them back to our office at least 24 hours prior to your first visit, this way I may review your paperwork.
Frequently patients ask what to wear. It is suggested you wear loose comfortable clothing, in this way it will be easy to access your arms, legs, and torso. If you are coming straight from work, bring along a pair of shorts and a tank top which you may change into.
Acupuncturists will ask you A LOT of questions. This will help to arrive at a diagnosis and treatment plan specific to you. We will also look at your tongue and take your pulse. Both of these help to arrive at the correct diagnosis. Pulse taking is a bit different then you may be used to. Yes, we are feeling and noting the rate and rhythm of your heart rate, but we also feel your pulse to gain an understanding of your bodies systems too! In acupuncture we palpate the pulse on both wrists, in three different positions, at three different levels. In this way, we can assess the systems of the body as they relate to TCM.
We will ask you to stick out your tongue, this may seem like a strange request. We ask that you do not brush your tongue prior to your visit as we may not see the true state of this specialized way to diagnose. We will also ask to see underneath your tongue as well, just in case sticking out your tongue wasn't strange enough!
You will have a few minutes to change your clothes if needed, then I will come back to the room and insert very thin needles into the points selected for your treatment. Then you will rest. I will check in on you to be sure your are comfortable. Sometimes the front of the body is treated, or the back of the body or both. Your time is important to me, so I will not keep you longer than your intended visit, which is typically 90 minutes for your first visit, and 60 minutes for subsequent visits.
As an out-of-network provider, most insurances are accepted, please check with your insurance provider.
You may have questions that still remain unanswered, that is okay, you can send me an email and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
I look forward to meeting you and being a part of your healing journey.
Acupuncture uses very thin needles, inserted into specific locations (points) in the body to promote the correct movement of Qi through the meridians. Meridians or channels are associated with the internal organs. When the free flow of Qi is disrupted, an imbalance is created in the body which typically corelates with one or more organs. Correct movement of Qi through the meridians supports the body innate ability to heal. Each acupuncture session is tailored to the individuals specific healing needs. Typically, needles are retained for 30 minutes while you rest. You can except to spend 1 1/2 hours for your first acupuncture session, each subsequent session is an hour in length.
Cupping is an aspect of TCM. Cups are placed on the skin to create suction. The suction helps to facilitate healing with blood flow as blood circulation is increase to the area where the cups are mindfully placed. Cupping may relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue. Cupping may be localized or sliding. In a localized treatment, the cups remains on the body for several minutes. Sliding cups are slid by the acupuncturist for the entire treatment. Either treatment may be added to your acupuncture session.
Please note: cupping leave marks on the body which may last up to one week.
Auricular Acupuncture for Smoking Cessation
(National Acupuncture Detoxification Association)
This 5 point ear acupuncture formula helps to control withdrawal symptoms and help patients become more clear-headed and comfortable in their recovery process.
NADA involves the gentle placement of up to five small, sterilized disposable needles, they are placed into specific sites on each ear.
Recipients lay quietly for 30-45 minutes allowing the treatment to take effect. And its ok to come in street clothes or directly from work since we only require access to your ear.
NADA ear acupuncture is an adjunct therapy which is clinically effective, cost-efficient, drug-free
The combined application of acupuncture with counseling, education, medical support and self-help groups enhances opportunities for success.
“A superior doctor prevents sickness;
A mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness; An inferior doctor treats sickness.” - Chinese Proverb
Wellness is the prevention of sickness.
The absolute beauty of acupuncture is the maintenance of health and well-being.
The ability to enjoy life free and unencumbered by pain and ill-health, a wonderful gift to yourself.
The Wellness Check-Up treatment is a combination of points believed to increase health and vitality.
At a Wellness Check-Up we forgo the lengthy intake, we will need access to your arms and legs from the knee down, loose fitting pants will do fine.
The approximate time of the treatment is 40 minutes. This treatment is a fixed rate of $75.
Insurance does not apply to this treatment.