Initial Visits are scheduled with Sean Dugan LAc or Mara Bateman LAc
90-120 min visit $150 Evaluation and Treatment
During your initial visit your medical history will be reviewed, you will be assessed with Chinese Medicine diagnostics, and a treatment plan will be formulated for you. Your treatment plan may include herbal medicine treatment, acupuncture, or both. The initial visit includes comprehensive evaluation, treatment planning, and treatment with acupuncture and/or herbal medicine treatment depending on your needs
Acupuncture is scheduled with Sean Dugan LAc or Mara Bateman LAc
60 min visit $100
Follow-up acupuncture visits includes therapeutic acupuncture treatment. Suggested frequency of acupuncture visits is one to three times per week depending on the severity of the condition and the stage of treatment.
Acupuncture is a modality of Chinese Medicine treatment in which very thin, sterile, single-use needles are inserted into the body at precise locations determined by the patient's condition. Acupuncture works by stimulating nerves, capillaries, and connective tissue. This stimulation results in the release of endogenous painkillers, reducing inflammation, promoting blood circulation, and promoting a natural healing response.
Acupuncture is a safe, painless, and effective method to treat a wide variety of medical conditions. Clinical research continues to prove its validity and fuel its acceptance and growth.
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Herbal Evaluations are scheduled with Sean Dugan LAc.
30-45 min evaluation $100
During an herbal evaluation your condition will be assessed and your herbal prescription will be modified according to your current needs. Each appointment consists of one-on-one assessment and an additional 15 minutes during which your personalized herbal prescription will be formulated and handmade for you in our herbal medicinary to take home that day.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is an essential component of Chinese Medicine. It has been practiced, developed, and refined over two millennia into the most comprehensive herbal medicine system in human history. Clinicians, scholars, and emperors of China safeguarded their medicine as a national treasure. As a result, it was able to grow and develop through clinical practice and meticulous recording and has been passed on to today's Chinese Herbalists as an incredibly valuable tool in restoring and maintaining health and wellness.
For chronic, intractable health problems Chinese Herbs are often necessary to bring a person back to balance. Herbs work in the body as substantial, biochemical agents that can resolve long-standing health issues by treating the root imbalance. Chinese Herbs can reset the body's metabolism and hormone system so it can return to homeostatic balance.
Herbal formulas are carefully chosen to address both the symptoms and the underlying cause of your condition. Formulas may be administered as whole herbs which are cooked at home into a tea, powders to be taken with hot water, or as capsules. They are chosen to best fit the patients needs and convenience.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is potent medicine and should only be prescribed by a skilled, licensed practitioner.
*Cost of herbs: $30-60 per week
Zen Shiatsu Massage
Shiatsu sessions are scheduled with Mara Bateman LAc.
60 min visit $100
Zen Shiatsu is a Japanese style of massage that uses pressure along the acupuncture channels to address pain and imbalances. Shiatsu is a remarkably calming and soothing technique that often provides patients with a deep rest. Shiatsu is a whole body treatment that can help to address pain, tension, stress, digestive problems, sleep disorders, and emotional imbalances.
Shiatsu is especially helpful for emotional stress, muscle tension, pain, insomnia, and for patients who do not like needles.
Tuina sessions are scheduled with Sean Dugan LAc.
60 min visit $100
Tuina is a Chinese style of massage that uses a variety of techniques to reduce pain, tension, and stiffness. Tuina uses pressure along acupuncture channels as well as stretching to speed healing and reduce pain. Tuina is often focused on the patient's specific problem or painful area, and the problem is evaluated with orthopedic exams to treat the problem most effectively. Tuina is especially effective for pain in the neck, back, shoulders and hips, TMD, and headaches associated with tension and stress. Sean often incorporates myofascial release and/or cupping techniques into Tuina sessions.
Tuina is especially helpful for neck pain, back pain, TMJ pain, headaches, and muscle tension.
Myofascial release may be incorporated into acupuncture visits or Tuina massage.
Cupping and Guasha are ancient methods of myofascial release that can relieve chronic muscle tension and pain, and facilitate the circulation of blood, lymph, and removal of metabolic waste from the body tissues. Cupping Therapy dates back at least 4000 years and has been practiced in cultures all over the world. Today Cupping and Guasha are frequently used to treat muscle tension and pain. Cupping is especially effective in relieving chronic muscle tension involved in neck pain, TMD/TMJ pain, and back pain. In Chinese Medicine, Cupping also has a long and successful history of treating respiratory diseases such as asthma, pneumonia, cough, bronchitis, and allergies.
Cupping involves using suction and a glass, plastic/silocione, or bamboo cup to gently pull skin, fascia, and muscle tissue into the cup. Our clinic uses traditional 'fire cupping' where a small flame is placed inside a glass cup and removed to create a vacuum. The glass cups used in fire cupping are more comfortable than plastic or silicone alternatives, as well as more hygienic due to better sterilization options available with glass.
Guasha is a technique that uses a smooth edged metal or stone tool to work the muscles and fascia, unwinding tension and adhesions and breaking up scar tissue. The Guasha method is the basis for the many modern trademarked myofascial release techniques. Guasha techniques vary from comfortable to quite painful. We use stainless steel tools with a finely machined smooth edge combined with adequate skin lubrication, which results in a technique that is comfortable and equally effective at releasing deep and superficial adhesions and tension.
Cupping and Guasha are especially useful for neck and back pain, asthma, headaches, TMJ pain, IT band tension and knee pain.
Moxibustion may be incorporated into acupuncture visits as needed.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of the mugwort herb, artemesia vulgaris, over or sometimes directly on the skin. The Chinese character that refers to Acupuncture is Zhen Jiu. Zhen refers to Acupuncture and Jiu means Moxibustion. Moxibustion is not as well known in the US, but it is equally effective and important to Chinese Medicine treatment as Acupuncture.
Moxibustion has been used for thousands of years to strengthen the immune system, stimulate blood flow, initiate healing, and maintain overall health. The penetrating heat provides relief for pain, and can be especially useful for arthritis and joint pain. Modern research has verified the ability of moxibustion to stimulate immune function and increase NK cell activity.
Moxibustion is especially effective for arthritic pain, fibromyalgia pain, asthma, immunodeficiency, menstrual cramps, and fatigue.