Acupuncture is the insertion of thin, solid needles into specific points in the body in order to influence the flow of qi, or vital energy, within the body. In Western medicine terms, this is explained as the needles stimulating nerve clusters, resulting in the release of endorphins and other hormones to affect change within the body. Once placed, the needles typically remain in place for about 30 minutes, and then are removed and disposed of.
Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
PENS, also called e-stim, electroacupuncture, or EA, is an additional type of stimulation for acupuncture needles, which are placed and then hooked up to a device that runs a small amount of electrical current into the body. This modality is especially helpful for painful conditions, but has many other indications as well.
Cupping is the use of vacuum pressure to influence the flow of qi within the body, and to relax muscle in order to relieve tension and pain. Cups may be stationary, or may be moved around, depending on the condition being treated.
Gua Sha (pronounced "gwah-shah") is a modality that involves the scraping of a blunt tool, like a ceramic spoon, against the skin, which is oiled to decrease discomfort. Like cupping, this method is effective at influencing the flow of qi as well as relaxing muscle. It is an excellent choice for places that are harder for cups to reach, such as the neck or bottom of the feet.
Moxibustion is the burning of an herb called moxa, which is typically made of mugwort fibers, in order to warm acupuncture points or larger areas of the body. This may involve placing bundles of mugwort onto the end of a needle, a technique called warming needle, or either placing the bundle on or near to the skin. This modality is closely observed by the practitioner, and the patient is not left alone with active moxa to prevent burns. This may be done as an in-office treatment, or we may suggest a home moxibustion kit for you to be able to give yourself treatments at home!
Much of what we as practitioners do is just provide a safe and open space to discuss the things going on in your life, and offer guidance from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective on things that you can do to relieve some of the stress.
Our donation-based Telemedicine Consultation is a flexible, remote way to get that interaction. Whether it's nutritional guidance based on the staples you have on hand, answering questions about how your body and mind are reacting to what's going on, tips for helping you sleep better using things you already have around the house, guided meditations, breathing exercises, or just listening as you vent your frustrations and concerns, we're here for you, however we can be.
Please make sure we have a good phone number to contact you for a voice session, and a good email address to send the login information for a video chat session. Video chat is hosted through doxy.me, a HIPAA compliant hosting service. We will email you the particulars for logging in for your video session.
Please be sure that you've scheduled your Telemedicine Consultation through our Square or Facebook booking tool prior to purchase (your appointment date and time is a required field in order to be able to complete your donation). Whether it's one dollar or a hundred dollars, please donate what you can without putting yourself in jeopardy.
Private Online Qi Gong Session
Qi Gong is a wonderful practice that incorporates intentional breathing and slow, easy movements to help your body operate at its best, and can be done without in-person physical intervention from a practitioner. Consider it the Traditional Chinese Medicine equivalent of physical therapy. Your donation will provide you with a friendly and unhurried greeting to check in, followed by a half-hour of personalized instruction to keep your lungs strong, your body moving, and your mind calm. Whether it's just breath work, just movement, or working on combining the two aspects into a seamless practice, we'll meet you where you are on the day, and support you however we can from afar. Shoes are optional, honesty is required, and smiles will be welcomed, even if they take some work.
Please make sure we have a good email address to send the login information for a video chat session. Video chat is hosted through doxy.me, a HIPAA compliant hosting service. We will email you the particulars for logging in for your video session. Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move and breathe freely.
Please be sure that you've scheduled your Private Online Qi Gong session through our Square or Facebook booking tool prior to purchase (your appointment date and time is a required field in order to be able to complete your donation). Whether it's one dollar or a hundred dollars, please only donate what you can afford to without putting yourself in jeopardy.
Reflexology is a variety of massage that is used, typically on the feet, in order to influence qi flow and affect change elsewhere in the body. This modality is based on a microsystem, where the entire body is represented on a smaller part. In this case, the whole body is represented on the foot, hand, or ear, and so this massage focuses entirely on the feet, hands, or ears.
TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
More like a Tea CM Facial, this three-step facial treatment combines Tui Na (a Chinese massage technique), cupping, and gua sha, ending with a tea finisher made with your choice of one of three offerings from local tea house Louisville Tea Company, which has formulated these three topical blends for both their excellent benefits for the skin as well as their wonderful aromas. While these techniques are mainly intended to treat musculoskeletal and stress related ailments that manifest in the face, such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, teeth grinding, headaches, and stress, you may also notice some improvements in the texture of the skin, reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, and a healthier glow to the complexion with regular treatments.
Initial Acupuncture Visit: 1.5-2 hours - $85.00
Follow-Up Visits: 1 hour - $65.00
Cupping/Gua Sha Only: 30 minutes - $50.00
Telemedicine Consultation: Donation-based
Private Online Qi Gong Session: Donation-based
TCM Facial: TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE
Reflexology: 30 minutes - $65 / 60 minutes - $85
Acupuncture Home Visit: 1.5 - 2 hours - $100.00
Surcharge for outside Jefferson County - $25.00
Due to state licensure regulations, home visits are available for addresses in Kentucky only. Please contact via email to inquire.
Corporate Events: 2 hours and up - price varies
Community style acupuncture mini treatments, cupping clinics (private room required), TCM facials, and reflexology clinics can be provided on-site. Pricing varies based on service required, duration, and number of participants. Please contact via email to inquire.
A quick note about telemedicine and HIPAA:
The Department of Health and Human Services has recommended discretion to its Office for Civil Rights to waive penalties for potential HIPAA violations in an effort to allow providers to use available technology like FaceTime and Skype for telehealth services. Read about it here. This is an effort to encourage providers to be able to provide services to their patients quickly, without having to worry about strict compliance by existing apps if used in good faith. We have transitioned our telehealth services to doxy.me, which is a HIPAA compliant host for video chat sessions. We also use Google Voice for phone calls, which is HIPAA compliant from our understanding. By scheduling these telehealth sessions, you are giving consent to communicate in these ways. If you have any concerns at all, please reach out to us.
This is a difficult time for all small businesses in the U.S. right now, and we're no different. We're working super hard to keep providing you with the absolute best in Traditional Chinese Medicine care that we can, to as many as we can. We understand that this has put a financial, emotional, and physical strain on everyone, and we do so very much appreciate your continued support, financial or otherwise. We also understand that money may be tight, and we're always willing to accept non-monetary donations as well, if you feel compelled to give but can't afford to give from the wallet. Please reach out to us if you'd like to arrange a trade in exchange for one of our services.