Acupuncture is a medical practice dating back more than 3,000 years across Asia. We use hair-thin needles to stimulate points on the body to treat various ailments and conditions. Clinical studies have observed several effects of acupuncture, including increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief from pain, relief from muscle spasm, increased t-cell count which stimulates the immune system and release of endorphins.
Acupuncture doesn’t hurt! If it does – tell us and we will adjust.
The World Health Organization released a report, Acupuncture:Review of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, which endorses the use of acupuncture for over 200 symptoms and diseases (low back pain, headache, nausea/vomiting, allergic rhinitis, depression/anxiety, side effects of chemotherapy and induction of labor to name a few) and the US National Institutes of Health issued a consensus statement proposing acupuncture as a therapeutic intervention for complementary medicine.
Licensed acupuncturists attend an intensive 3-4 year graduate program and complete over 2,000+ clinical internship hours and maintain their license with continuing education. Part of our education includes standard medical history gathering, safety, ethics and recognition of when to refer patients to other health care professionals.
As of 2004 nearly 50% of Americans who were enrolled in employer health insurance plans were covered for acupuncture treatment. You may be covered for acupuncture treatments too! We don’t take insurance in our community clinic, but we are happy to provide you with an itemized receipt to bill to your insurance directly.
There are almost no side effects when done properly by a trained and licensed acupuncturist. We treat our patients with their whole body system in mind. We are focused on improving a patient’s quality of life and overall health, not just the symptoms they came in for originally.
Acupuncture is just one part of a broad system of Traditional Chinese Medicine that also includes Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tui Na (massage), Tai Chi/Qi Gong (movement) and Chinese Nutrition Therapy, Gua Sha (gentle scraping, similar to Graston).
Originally acupuncture needles were not made of stainless steel but of stone, bamboo and bone. Today’s needles are extremely fine and are sterile, single-use and disposed of in red sharps containers.
Acupuncture gained attention in the U.S. after President Nixon’s visit to China in 1972 when an accompanying reporter experienced significant post-operative pain relief after undergoing an emergency appendectomy and wrote about the benefits of acupuncture upon his return to the U.S.
Acupuncture can start to relieve symptoms immediately. You can come for a treatment before or after work, a workout/run/yoga session and most anything else.
Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully treats many conditions. We specialize in treating pain of the neck, back, shoulders and knees, ankles and wrists, as well as nausea, fatigue, emotional concerns, digestive complaints, general stress, immune support and facial rejuvenation.
How many treatments do I need?
For every year you’ve had a condition, is the number of months of treatment you’ll need. Treatments are typically once a week. If the problem is more acute you may need treatments more often in the beginning. Monthly wellness visits are advised.
Sessions are now being offered at 122 N. York rd. Suite 6, Hatboro PA (Stormy 2)
Margaret is certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is a licensed Acupuncturist in Pennsylvania under the PA State Board of Medicine. She carries a Masters of Acupuncture from the Won Institute along with a Bachelor’s in Public Health. She worked in clinical research at the University of Pennsylvania coordinating clinical trials in women’s health, mobilizing patients through various phases of research. She offers stress relief techniques to complement patients’ Western care. Margaret specializes in stress and anxiety, acute and chronic pain, headaches and migraines, women’s health care and trigger point needling.