Intro to Acupuncture: $50/50 minutes
Interested in acupuncture? This session is a great opportunity for you to test out a private acupuncture treatment and decide whether or not acupuncture is right for you. If you want to continue with treatment, we’ll take $30 off of the new client intake session (note: this does not apply to packages). The session includes a mini-consultation and needle treatment.
Full Body Acupuncture: $145/New Client Intake, $80/Needle Session
Your first appointment consists of a general health history, discussion about your understanding of how your body works, and an initial needle treatment. Following visits will last about 50 minutes. If possible, we ask that you not wear fragrances or make up to your appointment. This will help us to achieve a more accurate diagnosis for you.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture: $145/New Client Intake, $125/Needle Session, packages available
Based on traditional Chinese medical principals, facial rejuvenation acupuncture is a painless, non-surgical method to reduce the signs of aging. Treatment includes facial massage, essential oils, aromatherapy, electrical stimulation, acupuncture and specially calibrated tuning forks. Sometimes called the “acupuncture facelift,” facial rejuvenation is much more than just a cosmetic procedure. Combining facial and constitutional treatment, facial rejuvenation acupuncture not only addresses the external signs of aging, but the underlying causes of the aging process. After all, the face is ultimately a reflection of our internal health and emotional well-being.
Acupuncture Happy Hour: $30/session, $20 for pre-booking
Happy Hour is Back! Thursdays at 7:45 (Takoma Park)
Whether it is your first time experiencing acupuncture, you’d like support between your full-body treatments, or you are looking for a way to expand your meditative practice, you’ll enjoy the calming and energy-boosting effects of this auricular needle treatment.
This group-setting treatment uses five needles positioned in each ear. The specific points are chosen to help detox the body and mind of environmental toxins, and maximize stress-release and the ability of the body to heal and recharge itself.
Treatment lasts for about 45 minutes. While drop-ins are welcomed and encouraged, space is limited, so you may want to reserve your space by calling the center or scheduling through our online reservation system up to 60 minutes in advance. Late arrivals will be accepted, as space allows, for the full price of the treatment.
To maximize the benefits of your treatment, we recommend you drink plenty of water throughout the day before treatment, and avoid products containing high amounts of processed sugars or caffeine immediately before treatment.
Can’t make it during our regularly scheduled sessions? We also offer private group Acu-Happy Hour treatments for a minimum of four participants, so get your friends together and have an Acu-Happy party! Please call the center to schedule your private party.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is acupuncture?
- What is facial rejuvenation acupuncture?
- How does acupuncture work?
- What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?
- How quickly will I see results?
- Are the needles safe? Do they hurt?
- Is acupuncture covered by insurance?
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a complete system of health care that has been in use for more than 3,000 years in China, Japan, Korea and other Asian countries. It remains the primary approach to health care for more than one third of the world’s population, and is extremely safe and effective. The use of acupuncture is becoming increasingly more common in the United States, and there are now an estimated 13,000 licensed acupuncturists in the country today!
Like other healing modalities, different approaches are used in different areas of the world. The Still Point combines the richness of Five Element (often referred to as traditional acupuncture) with the precision of Eight Principle (often referred to as traditional Chinese medicine) to create a treatment protocol specific to your needs.
Schedule your first appointment online to begin your journey to great health.
What is facial rejuvenation acupuncture?
Facial rejuvenation uses a variety of therapies to achieve maximum results, including acupuncture, topical herbal applications chosen for the individual’s skin type, electrical stimulation, specially calibrated tuning forks, and facial massage. It also makes use of dietary recommendations and internal herbal therapy. By addressing the needs of the skin and body, both outside and in, a thorough and lasting effect can be achieved. This whole body treatment not only benefits the face, but also the body’s physiological systems, so an improvement in overall health is achieved during this course of treatment.
A course of treatment is typically 10 sessions, with noticeable and lasting results appearing on about the seventh session – although many report improvements as early as the first session. Each person responds differently and is treated according to his or her own unique presentation. After an initial course of treatment, maintenance sessions can prolong the effects for years.
Research and benefits
Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is a relatively new technique. However, its benefits are already well documented. In 1996, the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported a trial in which 90% of 300 cases treated with facial acupuncture had marked effects just after one course of treatment.
Benefits of facial rejuvenation acupuncture
- Reduction of bags and sagging tendencies
- Elimination of fine lines and reduction of deeper wrinkles
- Lifting of drooping eyelids
- Improved metabolism
- Tighter pores and brighter eyes
- Increased local blood and lymph circulation
- Overall balancing of skin tone, texture and moisture
- Reduction of stress and promotion of total health and well-being
- Improved acne (caused by hormonal imbalance)
How does acupuncture work?
The healing art and science of acupuncture is based on an understanding of the body in terms of the movement of energy. In Eastern traditions, this energy, called Qi (sometimes spelled “chi” and pronounced “chee”), is seen as the animating force of life, similar to Einstein’s assertions that all matter is made of energy.
Qi flows along particular pathways, called meridians, and reaches the skin’s surface at specific junctures along these pathways, called acupuncture points. Illness on any level, including the level of the body, mind or emotion is understood to be the result of an obstruction or disharmony in the flow of Qi through the meridians.
Your acupuncturist will use several tools to regulate and harmonize the flow of Qi, including the insertion of very fine needles into the acupuncture points, the warming of acupuncture points through the use of a smoldering herb known as moxibustion, and the recommendation of supplemental health care you can provide to yourself between treatments, such as Chinese herbs or specific stretching exercises and breathing techniques.
Because blockage in the flow of Qi often results from lifestyle, diet and other sources we have control over but may be unaware of, your acupuncturist will work with you to determine the root cause of your symptoms and support you in making changes to achieve lifelong health and wellness.
What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a complete health care system, and as such, offers relief from many symptoms at the same time. It empowers a person to heal their body, mind and spirit, and to become an active participant in maintaining optimal health.
Symptoms are the body’s way of signaling to the mind that there is distress within the system and a change must be made to re-establish good health. Many patients report that acupuncture offers relief to their physical complaints, while increasing their awareness of the body’s messages. Because of this, they’re able to prevent the progression into more severe symptoms. For example, after several treatments, a patient reports noticing the first signs of a headache, and she can then take steps to prevent it from turning into a full-blown migraine. Your acupuncturist will work together with you to learn what messages your body is sending, so that you feel empowered to take charge of your own health and make changes that encourage your own natural healing cycle.
In 1997, studies conducted by the National Institute of Health recognized acupuncture as effective for treatment for more than 14 specific conditions, including headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia and myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, stroke rehabilitation and side-effects resulting from chemotherapy.
In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed the use of acupuncture to treat more than 40 conditions, including but not limited to, addictions, stress, sleeping disorders, menstrual disorders, gastrointestinal disorders such as food allergies, peptic ulcers, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion and gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia, stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, sexual dysfunctions and infertility in women and men, emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies, bronchitis, disorders and pain of the bones, muscles, joints and nervous system such as arthritis, migraine headaches, insomnia, dizziness, circulatory disorders such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia, and emotional and psychological disorders including depression and anxiety.
How quickly will I see results?
Treatments are designed to alleviate today’s aches and pains, while encouraging the body to heal at a deeper level. This way, it works to prevent reoccurrences of symptoms in the future. As is true in any health care system, individuals are uniquely different, and the same symptom in two different people can be a result of vastly different causes – meaning healing will happen at a different rate for each person.
Typically, symptoms that you have experienced for longer time periods will take longer to heal, as the body learns to let go habitual patterns and replace those patterns with healthy alternatives. However, you may notice an immediate improvement in other symptoms that you didn’t even think to discuss because they were not a part of the main problem that brought you in the door. For example, many patients report sleeping better, having increased energy, decreased tension in their muscles, and a general increased feeling of happiness and wellness after only a few treatments.
Treatment effectiveness builds over time, and so we recommend that patients make their best attempt to have weekly treatments for the first six to eight weeks. This will give us an idea of how the Qi moves and responds in your body. At the end of this time, we will re-evaluate your goals for treatment, and you may wish to receive treatment bi-weekly, monthly or seasonally for preventive maintenance of the progress your body has obtained.
Note: Some conditions, such as traumatic injuries, may require more frequent visits than the typical weekly session. We will be happy to work with your financial and time constraints to so that you can meet this important treatment goal.
Are the needles safe? Do they hurt?
The Still Point uses only sterile, single-use, disposable needles. We use the smallest gauge that will effectively deliver the desired result with the goal of minimizing patient discomfort. Each point may have a different sensation, ranging from no sensation to a slight pinching or pressure during insertion that quickly goes away. Acupuncture needles are significantly smaller and thinner than the hypodermic needles you may be used to receiving in the western medical setting. So they are also significantly less painful.
Is acupuncture covered by insurance?
More and more insurance companies are now covering acupuncture treatments. Health insurance is a contract between you and your insurance carrier, so you will need to contact your carrier before treatment to find out the extent of coverage your plan offers for treatment conducted by a Maryland State Board licensed acupuncturist. Ask how many visits you get, if there are restrictions for diagnosis, and if you can receive acupuncture from a licensed practitioner, not just an MD. There is not a sure way to know your benefits unless you call OR have a federal employee card with an R in the member number and a 104 or 105 plan code. With the exception of Elizabeth Baer, who participates with some Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, full payment is required at the time of each treatment. However we will provide you with a properly-coded receipt to submit to your insurance carrier. It will be your responsibility to file for re-imbursement directly with your carrier.