Learn More About Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
What is Acupuncture?
For thousands of years, acupuncture has been a safe, effective, and drug free form of medical treatment and is practiced today by licensed practitioners of Eastern Medicine. No matter the condition, acupuncture addresses the whole person and aims to restore balance and prevent disease.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes natural self-healing processes with the gentle insertion of very fine needles into specific acupuncture points that stimulate the distribution and movement of Qi, blood, and fluids along the meridians (channel pathways) of the body. If imbalances or deficiencies along these meridians are not addressed, pain and disease occur.
Ongoing Modern Research Scientifically Proves That Acupuncture:
releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers
calms the nervous system and promotes the “rest and digest” response
activates the immune system and reduces inflammation
What can Acupuncture Treat?
The World Health Organization (WHO) endorse acupuncture for many conditions, including:
Chronic pain: migraines, neck and back pain, tendinitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis
Psychological and emotional disorders: depression, anxiety, stress and insomnia
Digestive disorders: IBS, colitis, gastritis and constipation
Urinary and reproductive disorders: incontinence, menstrual cramps, irregular or heavy periods, infertility and menopausal symptoms
Chemotherapy symptom management: fatigue, generalized pain, dry mouth, peripheral neuropathy, nausea and vomiting
Seasonal allergies, migraines, high blood pressure, and much more!
Who can Acupuncture Treat?
Anyone can benefit from acupuncture treatment. We accept adult and pediatric patients.
I Don’t Like Needles. What is Acupressure Therapy?
Acupressure Therapy is great for needle sensitive patients and children. Gentle contact and pressure of acupoints along the meridians of the body is done with a silver teishin healing tool. This treatment is completely painless.
What Form of Acupuncture Do You Practice?
Dr. Rachelle Matias, DACM, L.OM. has received extensive international training and practice the form of acupuncture known as Japanese Meridian Therapy. Key features are:
Diagnostics are based on the channel or meridian system as the foundation for manual assessment and sensitive palpation of the channels along with pulse taking and tongue diagnosis.
Treatments employ light and shallow needling that is often combined with direct moxibustion or moxa-needle techniques.
Size of needles tend to be smaller and finer with gentle insertion or contact techniques that are painless.
Root and branch therapy that restore the channels to balance so that the body will hold the correction, allowing a more lasting effect.
Incorporation of Kampo Herbal Medicine as supplementary care to acupuncture.
What is Kampo Herbal Medicine?
Dr. Rachelle Matias, DACM, L.OM. is a certified Kampo Herbal Medicine provider in the Lehigh Valley. Kampo is a specialized Japanese method of diagnostics and prescription based on classical herbal formulas. This form of herbology is widely practiced by MDs and pharmacists in Japan. It's applications have been time tested for thousands of years with modern research showing it's effectiveness to treat a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions. We offer safe plant based therapy and the highest quality herbs from selected vendors that guarantee no heavy metals or pesticides and rigorous testing of their herbal products. Herbal formulas are administered in the form of warm medicinal teas or capsules. Dosing is also carefully managed.
Specialities: Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks, Menstrual Pain, Fertility, Alopecia, Erectile Dysfunction, Circulatory Issues, Digestive Health, Headaches, Post Chemo Care, Influenza, Allergies, Asthma
What is a Naturopathic Approach to Acupuncture
Dr. Mikael, ND, L.Ac. is a Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist and adapts the ancient wisdom of Chinese Medicine to meet the needs of modern people leading modern lives. Naturopathic doctors provide primary patient care that blends natural medicine with conventional diagnosis and treatment. NDs treat the cause of illness, work to prevent disease whenever possible and teach patients how to live healthy lives. NDs have many tools to treat patients, including nutrition, lifestyle medicine, physical medicine and herbal therapies.
Do you take insurance, HSA, and FSA accounts to cover acupuncture?
Yes, we take out of network acupuncture benefits and will glady verify your benefits for free. HSA and FSA accounts can be used for acupuncture treatments. Herbal Medicine is not covered by insurance and is an out of pocket expense.