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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the practice of puncturing the skin with needles at certain anatomical points in the body to relieve specific symptoms associated with many diseases. The anatomical points are thought to have certain electrical properties, which affect chemical neurotransmitters in the body.


Modalities within Chinese Medicine

  • Adult and Pediatric Acupuncture
  • Non-needle techniques for kids (shonishin, acupressure, cupping, reiki)
  • Acugraph Meridian Analysis
  • Ear acupressure, seeds, needles
  • Acupressure point prescriptions, for home care, for your little sunflower
  • Cupping therapy to release pain and muscle tension
  • Herbal medicine and natural remedies including supplements, Western/Chinese herbs, homeopathy)
  • Simple dietary switches to boost nutrition for healing
  • Laboratory testing and interpretation of results (added fees for testing)
  • Qi Gong movements for both adults and children


Benefits of Acupuncture for Adults and Children

Many individuals seek acupuncture treatment for relief of chronic pain, such as arthritis or low back pain. Other conditions that acupuncture can help with are: 

Digestive: Gastritis, Irritable bowel syndrome, Hepatitis, Hemorrhoids

Emotional: Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Nervousness, Neurosis

Eye-Ear-Throat: Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Pharyngitis

Gynecological: Dysmenorrhea, Amenorrhea, Cramps, Infertility

Musculoskeletal: Arthritis, Back pain, Muscle cramping, Muscle pain and weakness, Neck pain, Sciatica

Neurological: Headaches, Migraines, Neurogenic bladder dysfunction, Parkinson’s disease, Postoperative pain, Stroke

Respiratory: Allergic rhinitis, Sinusitis, Bronchitis

Miscellaneous: Irritable bladder, Prostatitis, Male infertility, Some forms of impotence, Addiction control (Credit: Johns Hopkins Medical Health Library)

What your Initial Appointment includes:

  • 10-15 minute overview of health history (adult or child)
  • Review of any relevant lab work at initial meeting (if sent prior to appointment)
  • Meridian analysis graph  to understand the channels that are imbalanced 
  • 35-40 minute acupuncture session
  • Additional therapies may include acupressure, cupping, tuina, gua sha (for children: Shonishin, microcurrent)
  • Auricular therapy (Ear seeds or Ear needles)
  • Discussion of recommendations 
  • Each client receives one InBody Assessment to assess muscle mass, BMI and water weight (Value $30) (*monthly members receive this monthly)
  • Total Time: 90 minutes (adults); 75 minutes (children)

What Follow-Up appointments include:

  • 10 minute recap of how you are feeling, new issues present, etc (adult or child)
  • Review of food journal and recommendations
  • Meridian analysis graph  to understand the channels that are imbalanced 
  • 35-40 minute acupuncture session
  • Additional therapies may include acupressure, cupping, Tuina, gua sha (for children: Shonishin, microcurrent)
  • Auricular therapy (Ear seeds or Ear needles)
  • Discussion of recommendations 
  • Total Time: 60-75 minutes (adults); 45-60 minutes (Children)


Pediatric Acupuncture:

Given the interest by parents of holistic modalities to treat their children, a synopsis of the evidence based research on pediatric acupuncture was compiled.

If you are interested in learning about the conditions pediatric acupuncture treats, please visit our partner site, Children can be treated from infancy to boost their qi, and overall wellbeing and is a safe and effective way to prevent and treat many childhood ailments including ear infections, digestive issues, sleep, skin issues, special needs, asymmetrical development and much more. 


Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture:

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture uses points on the body and the face to stimulate circulation and blood flow the enhance the appearance of the face and decrease fine lines and wrinkles. Our unique approach, that will not be found anywhere else, is that we combine our facial treatments with a 30 minute Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy treatment to oxygenate the body, hydrate the body and enhance the lasting effects. Treatments include a detailed intake, understanding the present state of the body, stress and health. Then using both Ayurvedic and Chinese principles, a treatment strategy. Is designed to achieve beauty and wellness inside and out. Clients are taught Qi Gong principles of breathing and exercises to help maintain their health and taught a number of self-care techniques that will help with achieving this healthy glow. Chinese herbs and neutraceutical supplements are suggested for ongoing wellness. Options for facial acupuncture with hyperbaric oxygen therapy are available.

Laboratory Recommendation, Analysis and Consultation

To get to the bottom of chronic or more serious medical conditions laboratory testing is often necessary. The more information we have, the most targeted our treatment can be to help speed recovery.

We will discuss which labs we recommend and you will pay the labs directly for these tests. Once we gotten and analyzed the results, we’ll schedule a 30-minute lab consultation to review them with you along with your new healing program.

AcuGraph Meridian Analysis

During your comprehensive acupuncture session, Anisa will use a special diagnostic tool called AcuGraph Meridian Analysis. It detects imbalances in the acupuncture meridians, which can be root causes of illness and chronic health problems.

The AcuGraph is a diagnostic tool that is the “gold standard” in objectively measuring the energy in the acupuncture meridians. It provides a fast and efficient exam, intelligent analysis, and the most advanced treatment options.

With the data from your exam, we can easily track your progress and make recommendations to enhance your treatments with acupressure, dietary changes, and herbal medicine. Acugraph is included in your regular session fees.

About Anisa Kassim:

Anisa Kassim is Public Health Educator and Licensed Acupuncturist and has been working in the field of health for about 18 years. She started off working in Global Health at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and then pursued further studies in the area of Chinese Medicine to enhance her role as a clinician. She uses her knowledge of Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to customize a health strategy for you and your loved ones. She treats a wide variety of conditions and is a specialist in Pediatrics and Facial Rejuvenation. 

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