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Individualized Care for Optimal Wellness

I walked into her office extremely hunched over with a lot of back pain. After she treated me I was able to walk upright without pain. I cannot say enough good things about Marcie Falco and her care.

— Jeff L.


What is Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

Acupuncture and TCM is a complete medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness for over 23 centuries. This system is proven to remedy ailments, alter states of mind, enhance recuperative power and rebuild the body’s immunity. Acupuncture and TCM can successfully treat diseases: acute, chronic, traumatic, infectious, and internally generated. If a disease is extremely virulent or far advanced, and especially if there are serious changes in organic tissue, you may need a combination of Western and TCM. As with all illnesses and disease, it is best to be treated at the onset of symptoms. The duration, severity and nature of your complaint will determine the course of treatment. There are many diseases that Acupuncture and TCM successfully treat for which Western Medicine has no effective treatment.

What is the Focus of Acupuncture & TCM?

“Qi” (chee) is the energy that flows through the body. When the Qi is not flowing smoothly or is not in balance, pain and disease occur. Acupuncture treatment corrects the energetic imbalance by encouraging the body’s natural ability to heal itself, without the use of drugs or surgery. This balance is re-established by supporting the body’s healthy energy and dispelling any unhealthy energy. Medicinal Herbal Formulas may also be used to support the acupuncture.

What is a Treatment Like?

Extremely fine, hair-thin, flexible needles are placed at specific points on the energetic pathways, which lead to the organs, muscles and nerves of the body. When the acupoints are stimulated you may experience a sensation of tingling or warmth - some people feel no sensation at all. As necessary other modalities such as Cupping, Moxibustion and Tui Na massage may be used during a treatment. Patients are often surprised to find that treatments are actually quite relaxing, and some patients actually fall asleep during the treatment!

How Long Does a Treatment Last?

Your initial visit may take up to two hours, which will include an acupuncture treatment. First you complete a detailed medical history report; then your symptoms and history will be discussed at length to determine the best form of treatment. A follow-up treatment typically takes 45 to 60 minutes. This includes discussing updates of symptoms and progress, examination, the acupuncture treatment and/or other modalities. Acupuncture is scheduled as often as three times a week or as little as every two months. As symptoms improve, fewer visits are required. Acute conditions may be resolved in one treatment. Chronic conditions typically require more time.

What Methods are used to Re-Establish Balance Within One’s Body?

The primary methods applied to re-establish balance are: Acupuncture, Moxibustion - the application of herbal infused heat to key acupoints, Cupping, Tui Na massage, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary recommendations and lifestyle changes. Chinese herbal medicines may be prescribed and taken internally or applied externally. Both Acupuncture and moxibustion seek to regulate the flow of Qi (energy) and Xue (Zhu - blood) within the body by stimulating and/or warming certain acupoints. In addition, Tui Na massage, remedial or preventative exercise, diet/lifestyle changes may be recommended.

Is Acupuncture for You?

During your initial free consultation you’ll learn how Acupuncture treatments are not only useful for pain management but also are part of a comprehensive system of preventative health care and health maintenance.

Insurance Coverage

Acupuncture treatment is covered by many health insurance policies. Call your provider to determine your coverage options.