Does Insurance Cover Acupuncture?
Today, most insurance does cover acupuncture, however, it does depend on your policy. We will be happy to bill your insurance directly.
Call us at 843-455-4228 and we will help to determine what your insurance coverage is under your plan.
What Form of Payment is Accepted?
Cash, check, Visa, Mastercard and Discover are all accepted forms of payment.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Each treatment plan is based uniquely on your health care needs. For most Chronic conditions we recommend weekly treatments for 5-7 weeks. Acupuncture is very gentle and tends to have a cumulative effect. Most people do experience reduction of symptoms with the first treatment.
If you are ready to commit to feeling better and whole, then call our clinic today at 843-455-4228.
We can discuss your healthcare needs and set up your first appointment.
We are never too busy to help you!
Sleep Solutions from Chinese Masters
Nearly two out of three Americans are affected by insomnia and other sleep disorders. With that many people resting poorly, it is a wonder anyone gets through the workweek—let alone their whole life! While there are many pharmaceuticals available to induce sleep, there are centuries-old traditional techniques that can get you your zzz’s naturally.
The traditional Chinese medical view on sleep
In Chinese Medicine, nighttime is considered yin time—the time when your body takes care of itself instead of your desires. Proper sleep is necessary for your body to repair itself and regenerate. It is also critical for the proper functioning of organs such as the liver, which performs most of its detoxification at night while you are sleeping.
Insomnia is one of the most common conditions I see in my practice, usually as part of a pattern of imbalances. Excessive worry, anxiety, and depression all negatively affect the delicate balance of the liver, spleen, and heart, disturbing the spirit and activating the mind. Once the mind is active, it becomes increasingly difficult to fall asleep. To reach deep, restful sleep, your spirit and heart must be calm and your liver and spleen networks must work together to process nutrients.
Read on to learn four traditional, time-tested ways to reach deep, restorative sleep:
1. Acupressure for sleep enhancement
Acupressure is an ancient healing technique, in which you use your fingertips to press key points on your body to stimulate natural healing. Here are two acupressure points you can press to induce restorative sleep:
• Inner Gate, known technically as Pericardium-6 is three finger-widths above your wrist crease, between the two tendons on the inside of your left forearm. Apply moderate pressure with your right thumb, holding for 5 minutes and breathing deeply. Repeat on the other arm.
• Bubbling Spring, also known as Kidney-1, is on the bottom of your foot, at the center of the indentation below the ball of your foot. Press down with your thumb, hold for 30 seconds, relax for five, and again continue for five minutes.
For a deep, calming sleep, try to do 10 minutes of acupressure each night.
2. A traditional sedative: Jujube seed
In Chinese medicine it is thought that the heart houses the spirit. When the heart is weak, the spirit becomes restless and cannot properly rest at night, which you experience as insomnia or poor, unrefreshing sleep. The herbal remedy for this condition is the seed of the jujube date. A traditional sedative, jujube seed calms the spirit, strengthens the heart, and supports a good night’s sleep. Research has shown that this seed is rich in saponins, which promote relaxation and sleep while reducing irritability and anxiety. A typical dosage is 500 mg a day. Look for jujube seed in health food stores, online, and from acupuncturists and Chinese herbalists, where it is often combined in a formula with other natural herbs.
You might also try traditional herbal formulations that contain sleep-enhancing herbs. Anxiety/Sleepless formula contains jujube seed and other herbs to help diminish insomnia, anxiety, and mental exhaustion. Also, Emotional Tranquility tea is an herbal blend formulated to settle the mind and soothe the emotions, very useful for people suffering from stress and insomnia.
3. Empty your mind before sleep
Rumination, the emotion of the spleen network, concentrates energy within the brain. For example, when one continually ponders problems, the most frequent symptom experienced is insomnia. In this case, the energy stays in the brain at night instead of following its normal course of descending to the lower part of the body, which allows one to sleep peacefully. Try writing in a journal every night to get thoughts and worries out of your mind and down on paper. Another way is meditation, which has long been practiced to get beyond the thinking mind and into a deeper state of relaxation. Nearly all of my insomniac patients have benefited from my guided Stress-Release Meditation. (In fact, many people report falling asleep to this meditation as I narrate it on a CD, which I try to take as a compliment!)
4. Four Exercises that target insomnia
The famous Taoist physician Ge Hong, who lived during the Han dynasty in the third century, promoted this set of exercises as prevention and treatment of insomnia. Chinese studies indicate that these moves effectively improved the sleep quality of chronic insomniacs when practiced nightly for two to four weeks. Now you can try them.
- Lie on your back with your knees bent. Use your hands to pull your knees toward your chest and breathe naturally. Hold the position for one minute, then relax, straighten your legs, and rest your arms and hands at your sides.
- Remain on your back, inhale, and stretch both arms up above your head. As you exhale, bring your hands down and massage your body from your chest to your abdomen, then rest your hands at your sides. Repeat with every breath for one minute.
- Still on your back, make fists with both hands. Place them under your back as high as possible toward the shoulder blades, one fist on either side of your spine. Take three complete breaths, then reposition your fists downward one notch and repeat, moving downward every third breath until your fists are at waist level. Take five breaths here. Now put your fists on either side of the tailbone and take five more breaths.
- Lie face down and place your hands under your abdomen. Slowly inhale, filling your abdomen and chest, and feel the energy permeate your whole body. Then slowly exhale and visualize negativity leaving your body. Pause after each exhalation and relax every muscle. Do this for one minute.
5. A Taoist sleep position: The Deer Sleep Posture
Ge Hong recommended following the four anti-insomnia exercises above with this particular sleeping posture. Turn partway over to sleep on your right side. This is called the “deer sleep posture” because it looks similar to the position of a deer asleep in the wild. Bend your right arm at the elbow, with the palm facing up in front of your face. Rest your left arm with your elbow on hip, hand dropped down in front of your abdomen. The right leg is naturally straight, and the left knee is bent, resting on the mattress in front of your right thigh.
There are many more solutions to sleep issues and several other common conditions in my book Secrets of Self-Healing, which gives practical explanations about traditional Chinese medicine.
I hope you find the ways to sleep like a deer, a log, or a baby! I invite you to visit often and share your own personal health and longevity tips with me.
May you live long, live strong, and live happy!
This blog is meant to educate, but it should not be used as a substitute for personal medical advice. The reader should consult his or her physician or clinician for specific information concerning specific medical conditions. While all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that all information presented is accurate, as research and development in the medical field is ongoing, it is possible that new findings may supersede some data presented.
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Getting to the Point: Leslie Jafarace on the Healing Arts
"Every human being is the author of his own health or disease."
The above quote by Buddha is placed conspicuously on the Web site for AcupunctureWorks, and is a statement that owner Leslie Jafarace stands behind, having been a proponent of the healing arts for many years.
Jafarace, 33, arrived on the Grand Strand at 18 when her parents retired here from West Virginia, remained for five years, moved to Austin, Texas, for a decade and traveled as far as London before returning in 2008 to start her business - with a master's degree in hand from the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin.
AcupunctureWorks boasts two offices in the area. "We offer services in acupuncture, herbal medicine and Asian body work therapies," she says. "We do a very detailed intake because Oriental medicine is very different from Western medicine in how we approach or look at the body." History and patient goals come into play during this intake, as well as what patients expect from treatment. In addition to acupuncture, Jafarace says several traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) options are available. "We can employ 'cupping' - where we use glass cups with the air is suctioned out before it placing them on the skin - and this can help with a cough or asthma or as a massage tool for tight, tense muscles." Electrical stimulation (E-Stim) can be used. "We put the needles in and hook little alligator clips to them and pump in electricity directly to tender or sore areas."
Another notable technique is called moxibustion or moxa. "We use the downy fur of the mugwort plant and burn it over the skin, and this can invigorate the blood." Because a bruise is blood stagnation, she contends that employing moxa for 20 minutes can eliminate bruising and swelling. "Most people think acupuncture is mainly for stress relief, but it can be very helpful for depression, fertility treatments - induction of labor and all kinds of things. It's not just for pain management or for help to quit smoking."
The difference between East and West are apparent in regard to medication. "Let's say you have trouble sleeping. We can offer an herbal solution that has no side effects and actually fixes the reason you can't sleep rather than just putting you to sleep. This is changing the way your body works," she says. "If you stop taking traditional prescribed drugs, the same problem is going to reappear. That's the big difference with herbal medicine."
Jafarace has always been interested in wellness. In 1997, she became a licensed massage therapist and taught yoga as an alternative to waiting tables. "That takes a lot of time and you don't always make money. Also, it's not always the best environment."
After receiving her masters in Austin, Jafarace practiced on cruise liners in connection with Steiner Leisure, a global provider of spa services with more than 175 resort and maritime venues. She also practiced at the Elemis Spa in London. "I was a little burned out after school, and it was nice to travel a bit - to see places I never would have gotten to see - and I got a lot of treatment hours under my belt fairly quickly and saw a wide variety of patients that a new practitioner would not have been able to see." She asserts that her time with Steiner also gave her a good dose of business sense.
Although Jafarace says acupuncture is painless - the needles are one-eighth the width of a human hair - she cites acupressure and Shiatsu massage as alternatives. "I have had a lot of people who were afraid of needles, but afterward said they hardly felt a thing. Typical needle sensation shouldn't be more than a little itch - it shouldn't feel sharp at all. A lot of people out there still think acupuncture is voodoo or witchcraft, and I have had people ask me where my pointed hat was - but the World Health Organization recognizes it as a safe and effective treatment for more than 80 conditions from hypertension to weight loss. It works."
Jafarace lives in Murrells Inlet, and enjoys live music. "Who doesn't like seeing The Mullets at the Dead Dog?" She says she has been trying to learn piano and guitar for years. "A friend of mine has a motorcycle and I go out and ride with him sometimes."
The Myrtle Beach area is, to Jafarace, a keeper. "There's a (feature) in Weekly Surge called 'Quit Yer Bitchin'. I like it here. I have been able to travel, and this place is really nice."