Acupuncture

 

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese tradition of healing.  Thin, sterile stainless steel needles are inserted under the skin to activate the body's energy, remove blockages, and nourish the foundation.  It does not hurt.  People find it relaxing and often results can be seen after the first treatment. 

 

Acupuncture can treat a variety of conditions, including (but not limited to) back pain, neck pain, arthritis, and emotional concerns such as depression and anxiety.

Chinese adjunctive therapies

 

These may be included in your acupuncture treatment when recommended by the doctor.

 

Cupping is a form of therapy where glass cups are suctioned onto the skin to create blood flow to the area.  Gua sha is a form of scraping the skin with a piece of stone.

These therapies can help a range of problems such as musculoskeletal conditions and respiratory infections.  These therapies are exceptional for reducing body pain!

Nutritional counseling

 

Dr. Z has extensive nutritional training.  She believes that we really are what we eat and that food is the foundation of our medicine.  She may suggest nutritional supplements that you can take to help your body heal.  With the knowledge of how and what to eat, you can take control of your health and make changes that will have lasting beneficial effects on your body.  Questions about supplements?  Find expert advice here.

Western herbal medicine

 

At IHC you can also receive an herbal consultation.  Dr. Z may prescribe you herbs or flower essences.  Herbs are a great way to continue healing and managing symptoms in between acupuncture treatments.  Herbal medicine can reduce pain, calm nerves, balance hormones, and support your immune system.  Dr. Zurich will provide a custom blended herbal tincture or tea that is created specifically for you! 

Hydrotherapy

Constitutional hydrotherapy treatments are a relaxing experience.  Applications of hot and cold towels increase circulation, stimulate the immune system, and improve digestion. 

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    What to expect:

 

Your first appointment:
We begin with an history of your health.  Please bring any relevant documents from your other physicians (lab reports, imaging, etc.)  After a few questions, you can relax for your first acupuncture treatment.
 
Does acupuncture hurt?  Most people feel nothing at all.  Briefly, some people will feel a dull achy sensation.  This is normal.  Many people fall asleep during the session.  Dr. Zurich's goal is to make you comfortable and relaxed so you can begin to feel better.  Treatments are flexible and tailored specifically to you. 
 
How long do I stay?  The appointment is for an hour.  After your acupuncture session, Dr. Zurich may provide other services such as cupping and discuss natural medicines that will aid in your healing.
 
Do you take insurance?  Yes!  Dr. Zurich is now contracted with Cigna, Aetna, Harvard Pilgrim, & Anthem to bill for acupuncture services.  Please keep in mind, all plans vary and acupuncture coverage is not guaranteed.  We will verify your benefits before your visit.  For other plans, we will provide a bill for you to submit for reimbursement.  If your plan does not cover acupuncture, payment is due at the time of service.  All credit cards and HSA (health savings account) cards are accepted.   Please note that herbal medicines are NOT covered by insurance and will need to be paid for separately.
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Acupuncture is safe to use in conjunction with other treatment modalities and works well in an integrative setting.  It’s not an “either/or” treatment, but can be an effective addition to your current medical regimen.  
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