Acupuncture originated in ancient China and is now widely practiced in the west.  It is based on the concept of Qi (pronounced chee) or “energy flow” throughout the body.  This energy can be accessed via acupuncture points on meridians- which form pathways that run from head to toe.  Acupuncturists aim to supplement Qi at deficient points or disperse Qi at stagnant points.  This evokes a natural healing response through various physiological systems.  Acupuncturists use sterile, disposable, single-use needles with gentle insertion.  


At Serenity, the acupuncturists also use other Traditional Chinese Medicine healing techniques such as electroacupuncture, auriculotherapy, fire cupping (releases tight muscles and fascia), guasha (gentle scraping to release toxins), moxibustion (warming acupuncture points), heat lamp, and Chinese dietary therapy. There is no additional charge to add on cupping to a service.



Initial Consultation & Treatment: 90 minutes - $135

Follow-up Treatment: 60 minutes - $90

Express Treatment (Established Patients Only): 30 minutes - $60

Cupping: $50



Mother Roasting


In Chinese Medicine mother roasting, or zuo yuezi, is a traditional treatment to promote recovery after childbirth, closing the gates of birth that have been opened, repelling Wind and Cold from the uterus, and nourishing the Blood and Qi of the mother.   


Maureen McLaughlin, Licensed Acupuncturist at Serenity Holistic Health, uses a moxa stick (imagine an herbal “cigar”) waved over or moxa cones applied to the points to tonify them through heat to “roast” the mama.  It feels wonderful -- a targeted penetrative warmth that is not burning. For the first part of treatment the woman is face up, and either face down or on her side for the second part. She will close her eyes and take a nap for about 30 minutes as the treatment is being applied.  Mother roasting helps with recovery from birth, milk supply, prolapse (uterine, bladder, pelvic floor), fatigue, postpartum depression and anxiety. This treatment breathes new life into the Ming Men or “Life Gate” and Dan Tien or “Sea of Qi.”


It’s optimal to do this treatment about 3-4 days postpartum, but beneficial at any point in the weeks and months following childbirth.  (There are a few conditions that preclude a Mom from getting roasted, such as infection or the mother having an active fever. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please call to discuss.)  It’s hard to get out of the house with a newborn, but this treatment will go a long way towards your physical, mental, and spiritual health as a new mom. Mother roasting treatments with moxabustion are $50.00 at Serenity Holistic Health.


Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture


Mei Zen rejuvenates, tones, and refreshes the face. The protocol can be done at any age--most often 30s and up.  


Tiny needles are inserted into the face, along with balancing body points, in a treatment course of 1-2x a week spread out over 5-10 weeks.  After this initial treatment course, which can last up to 10 years, the patient comes for maintenance every 6-8 weeks.  Many women, particularly those in their 40s and up, have found this to be a satisfactory alternative to expensive cosmetic procedures such as botox and fillers. (Cosmetic acupuncture can be done along with targeted botox or fillers if that is what the patient chooses).  


A single special occasion session is an option for a woman or man at any age like a Wedding, Reunion, or Work Event—but for the results to hold more permanently a person must undergo the series to impact the collagen deconstruction/reconstruction cycle. A modified protocol can help with acne.


Mei Zen lifts and smooths the forehead and tightens the jowls.  It refreshes the lids and under the eyes (bags), plump the cheeks, soften wrinkles, and encourages youthful facial symmetry.  Additionally, patients report sleeping well, feeling less anxious, and having better energy as a result of these treatments.  


Our cosmetic acupuncturist, Maureen McLaughlin, LAc, has been practicing facial acupuncture for over 10 years.   She is certified in the method and listed on the Mei Zen homepage as a Preferred Provider having done advanced training in the method. 



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