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Acupuncture

What to expect

Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years. Very thin needles are gently inserted through the skin at carefully selected points along the body in order to treat individuals presenting with various physical, mental, and emotional conditions; to alleviate pain; and to maintain wellness.


Your first visit will last about a hour. You will start by filling out intake forms, followed by a conversation with your practitioner about your chief complaint, medical history, and lifestyle. Current prescriptions, lab work, and imaging may be reviewed. An examination of your tongue and wrist pulses will be performed, along with affected areas of the body, in order to determine a TCM diagnosis. Needles are then inserted and you are left to relax in a comfortable setting for 20-45 minutes. 


Private sessions allow you to disrobe as necessary. You will be properly draped as you lie on a treatment table where you may be treated face up, face down, lying on your side, or a combination. Additional therapies may be added at no cost if deemed necessary by your practitioner. These sessions usually conclude with a brief massage of the affected area.


Every body responds differently. Some people feel immediate effects, while others require several sessions. The relief resulting from acupuncture can last anywhere from a few hours to several days or longer, and increases with frequency, so an initial treatment plan of six sessions is recommended. Ideally, it is best to receive acupuncture twice per week for the first two weeks, and then weekly for the next two weeks. A re-evaluation may then be performed to determine the course of treatment thereafter. However, schedules and finances are considered and treatment plans are adjusted accordingly. 


Regular appointments are recommended to maintain wellness. Pre-paid package options are available for purchase.

Share the cost

A budget-friendly option is available in the form of group healing. The cost is $40  per person and a minimum of two people are required to reserve this service, based on availability. 


Community-style acupuncture is great for many health concerns including but not limited to:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • General wellness
  • Body pain


After a brief intake, acupuncture will take place in a room shared with up to three people quietly receiving acupuncture at the same time. Enjoy soothing music, aromatherapy, and dim lighting; and a heating pad and blanket will be available for your comfort. Sessions last up to one hour, with needles retained 15-45 minutes.


General discomfort and pain anywhere in the body can be effectively addressed using “distal” points (ear, scalp, below elbows and knees) so there is no need to undress; just remove your shoes and socks, roll up your pants and sleeves, and recline face-up on a zero-gravity lounge chair, or sit comfortably on a chair designed to allow access to neck and back, with a heat lamp warming those achy muscles.


Online scheduling is not available for this service. Please contact Santee Acupuncture directly to inquire about availability.

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