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acupuncture portland maine


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.

Adjunctive therapies


These may be included in your acupuncture treatment when recommended by the doctor.  These therapies are exceptional for reducing body pain!

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. 

Therapeutic ultrasound uses sound waves to warm the body and reduce inflammation.  This helps muscle spasms and tendinitis.

Biomat is a warm mat on the therapy table that contains crystals and infrared technology to increase circulation, tissue oxygenation, and healing.

Light therapy: red, blue, and infrared lights are used to reduce pain and inflammation, and nourish skin to improve acne and reduce wrinkles

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Western herbal medicine


At IHC you can also receive an herbal consultation.  Dr. Z may prescribe you herbs or flower essences.  Herbs are an effective 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! Herbal medicine supports the body so it can heal.

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.

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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. Unable to lay on the massage table comfortably?  No problem!  There is a comfy recliner instead.
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 Aetna, Cigna (non ASH plans), Harvard Pilgrim, Anthem BCBS, & Patient Advocates 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.
Medicare:  At this time, acupuncturists are NOT able to become medicare providers.  Medicare is covering acupuncture for chronic low back pain only, but it must be done by a Medicare provider (or under their supervision).  We are not able to bill Medicare for service at Infuse Health Care.
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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