Meet our Acupuncturist!

Dorion Simmons, MSOM, LAc, LMT Specializes in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture  

Dorion Simmons, MSOM, LAc, LMT

Specializes in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
 

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries.  This practice is based on the understanding that energy flows (called Chi) through and around your body along pathways called meridians.  Acupuncture addresses illnesses that occur when something blocks or unbalances your chi along the meridians.  Acupuncture is designed to unblock or influence meridians and help the chi flow back into balance.

Acupuncture is a technique that is non-invasive and painless to many.  The procedure that involves putting very thin needles into your skin at certain points on your body. Sometimes heat, pressure, or mild electrical current is used along with needles to enhance the effects of the treatment.

What happens during Acupuncture?

Wear light and comfortable clothes.  Your acupuncture will give you an exam and ask questions about your needs and how well you are functioning.  He or she will also ask about your overall health.  Then your provider will look for the places (called points) on your body to access the energy that is blocked or not flowing correctly.  Most acupuncture points are located in the hands and feet, head, abdomen, and back.  Each of the points relates to certain health problems or body functions.  The length of your acupuncture appointment will vary based on the needs of the client (most are one hour appointments) and will be longer initially at time of intake.

Physiological Effects of Acupuncture

The NIH (National Institute of Health) studies suggest that acupuncture stimulates the production of chemical transmitters between the neurons (neurotransmitters) and increases the sense of wellbeing.  It is thought to be particularly effective in inducing the opioid peptide (endorphins, enkephalins, and dynorphins) which are closely involved with the perception of pain in the central nervous system, thereby regulating and reducing pain.

Acupuncture is thought to affect electric energy between tissues, thereby facilitating healing by allowing transfer of nutrients to injured or affected cells.  Another theory considers that acupuncture affects the blood concentration of triglycerides, cholesterol, and phospholipids, helping the production of healthy blood and ensuring the free flow of oxygen.

How Safe Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture only uses sterile and disposable acupuncture needles and adheres to clean needle technique in accordance with the National Acupuncture Foundation.

Moxibustion is a healing technique of burning the herb called mugwort. It may be burned on the handle of the needle, above the skin, or on salt. The burning of mugwort, or more commonly known as moxa, gives warmth to the body, activating a meridian.

Acupuncture Prices

Acupuncture offers a customized course of treatments and treatment plan to your physical condition and individual needs.

  • Acupuncture Session (60 Min.)                                 $70.00
  • Acupuncture Initial Intake (90 Min.)                         $110.00

*Please note that no show appointments will incur a $30 fee to the client.

If you have further questions, please call:
623-986-5110

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