ACUPUNCTURE

ACUPUNCTURE

 

Acupuncture is a therapy of East Asian origin dating back more than 2,500 years. It involves inserting thin, single-use, sterile needles into the skin to balance energy, promote healing, and prevent disease. Many studies have shown that acupuncture provides a wide range of health benefits and can be utilized as a stand alone therapy, or as an adjunct to other forms of treatment. This form of medicine treats the whole system rather than its individual parts, harnessing the existing energy (Qi) to assist the body in healing itself. This energy is accessed via acupuncture points located on meridians and evokes a natural healing response through various physiological systems.

 

At Serenity, our acupuncturists also use other Traditional Chinese Medicine healing techniques such as electroacupuncture, auriculotherapy, fire cupping, gua sha (gentle scraping to release toxins), moxibustion, infrared heat therapy, and Chinese dietary therapy. 

 

Pricing:


Initial Consultation & Treatment: 90 minutes - $135

Follow-up Treatment: 60 minutes - $90

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

Cupping: $60

SPECIALIZED TREATMENTS!

 

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.   

 

Our Licensed Acupuncturists use 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.

 

Cosmetic Acupuncture

 

Cosmetic Acupuncture 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 1-2 treatments per 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 session is an option for anyone at any age and is usually sought out for a special occasion such as wedding, reunions, or work event—but for the results to hold more permanently a person must undergo the series to activate the collagen deconstruction/reconstruction cycle. A modified protocol can help with acne.

 

Cosmetic Acupuncture 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.  

Collagen Induction Therapy: Microneedling & Nanoneedling

Microneedling and nanoneedling are minimally invasive treatments that are designed to rejuvenate the skin. It employs a device with an oscillating, single use, disposable needle head. Microneedling uses fine needles to make tiny punctures or tunnels (controlled injury) in the top layer of the skin. This triggers the body to create new collagen and elastin. Additionally, these “tunnels” allow for more effective absorption of serums. Microneedling will naturally rejuvenate wrinkles without any painful surgery or injections and encourages serum topical absorption by 2000%.

Nanoneedling also uses an oscillating head, but with silicone cones that separate the dermal cells so serum can penetrate.  This results in pigmentation reduction, increased cell turnover, skin rejuvenation and an immediate glow--with no downtime. This treatment can be done weekly to exfoliate the skin. Nanoneedling is done during a Microneedling session on the fragile, sensitive areas of the face such as under the eyes. Nanoneedling plumps the lips and helps remove blackheads.  It decreases sagging and bags under the eyes. 

Results of Collagen Induction Therapy:

  • Elevates overall texture of skin

  • Increases product absorption

  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles 

  • Shrinks pores

  • Improves acne scarring/hyperpigmentation

  • Brightens the surface of the skin

 

Microneedling and nanoneedling are not dermabrasion or a chemical peel; the top layer of the skin remains in intact. This treatment uses a medical-grade device approved for use by a licensed and specially certified practitioner, and is the only way to achieve the proper, optimal result. Microneedling cannot be properly done at home with a store-bought device. In the state of Illinois, microneedling can only be administered by a licensed doctor, PA, nurse, or acupuncturist (is not within the scope of practice for estheticians).

Facial Cupping & Gua Sha

Facial cupping and Gua Sha is used to soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring hydration and blood flow to the facial tissues, move deep inflammation to the skin surface for release, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways. This therapy is a quick and easy, delivering some major lifting, plumping, and brightening.

  • Stimulates collagen and elastin production, and smoothes fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Improves blood circulation to the face and strengthens vascular integrity.

  • Relaxes facial muscles and helps to tighten, tone, and thicken the skin.

  • Reduces inflammation and moves out stagnant lymph, toxins, and fluids.

Dragon Moxibustion

Dragon Moxa is a very powerful form of moxibustion therapy used to boost Yang and Qi in the body. It is a face-down treatment that involves the burning of loose mugwort on slices of fresh ginger laid along the length of the spine. The moxa is then lit and allowed to burn, creating a pleasant warming sensation through out the body. This therapy is effective in boosting overall energy and enhancing immune function especially in those who are immunocompromised.

 

Dragon Moxibustion:

  • Enhances immune function

  • Promotes digestive health

  • Relieves pain

  • Supports reproductive health

  • Boosts energy levels

  • Improves sport performance

  • Maintains overall vitality

  • Releases emotional blocks

This treatment is typically performed 2-4 times per year to maintain health and vitality, and may be performed more frequently for patients with advanced illness. 

CONDITIONS COMMONLY TREATED WITH ACUPUNCTURE:

Psycho-emotional

  • Anxiety

  • Stress

  • Depression

  • Insomnia/Sleep disturbance

Respiratory

  • Allergic rhinitis

  • Bronchitis

  • Common cold

  • Cough

  • Sinusitis

    Digestive

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Acid reflux, Heartburn & Indigestion

Urinary

  • Incontinence

  • Bed Wetting

  • Bladder Dysfunction

Skin Conditions

  • Rosacea

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Acne

 Musculoskeletal

  • Low back pain

  • Sciatica

  • Neck pain

  • Joint/limb pain

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Repetitive Stress Injuries

  • Sports Injuries

 Head/Face Disorders

  • Bell’s Palsy

  • Meniere’s Disease

  • Headaches

  • Migraines

  • TMJ

  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

  • Dental pain

Reproductive

  • PMS

  • Menopause

  • Female infertility

  • Morning sickness

  • Malposition of fetus/ breech presentation

Neurological

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Shingles

  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

  • Post Stroke Paralysis

Other

  • General well-being

  • Addiction

  • Weight Control

  • Cardiovascular Disorders

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Diabetes