Introducing: Virtual Treatments with At Home Acu-kits!

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Here at AcuPUNKture, we are planning ahead in case we are not able to safely re-open our doors to the public in 2 weeks due to the COVID-19 outbreak and current need for quarantine and social distancing.

 

Over the next couple of weeks we will be preparing for and piloting Virtual treatments  in which existing clients can book tele-treatments with us and enjoy a guided treatment from the comfort of their homes. During these sessions we will communicate via phone or video-chat while I guide you through the treatment. Prior to this appointment I will send out an “At home Acu-kit” to your home with all the essentials needed for 4+ treatments.

 

If you have acupuncture coverage through insurance, you will be able to utilize insurance with these treatments as I will be guiding you on insertion points for applying press-needles along with magnets, essential oils, salves, gua-sha for myofacial release and more. Out of pocket price for treatment will be $70 and includes your at home Acu-kit. All modalities of payment currently used at the office will be accepted including flex-spending and HMO accounts.

 

This is what Japanese acupuncture is all about- Using all of our modalities and “tricks in our tool box” to achieve powerful treatments when we can only do minimal needle insertions!

 

During your 60 minute tele-consult & treatment I will also be available to answer any self-care questions and recommend any nutritional or supplementation advice. For clients that already have an at home cupping set or wish to purchase an inexpensive set for guided at home application this is available also.

 

Each kit will contain: 
-A Gua sha spoon for guided myofascial/muscle release
-Mini essential oil bottles filled with Snow Lotus Organic essential oils tailored to the client’s specific/usual needs- we can discuss prior to sending out
-15 Ibuki moxa (stick-on moxa)
-One 10 pack of 800 gaus reusable acu-magnets (able to continue to wear after session and reapply later)
-Two 12,000 gaus reusable magnets (very strong for use only during session)
-20 Pyonex press needles
-20 Ear Press balls with picture reference cards of applicable ear points
-Small Gemstones appropriate for each client (if desired)
-1 Therapeutic Organic Essential Oil infused Epsom Salt packet for soaking
-1 roll of micropore tape for taping magnets and crystals to acu-points

 

We realize this type of treatment may not work for everyone and that is totally okay! We also realize that even if we are able to reopen our doors to the general public- our severely immune-compromised clients maybe not be able to physically come in to the office for fear of catching COVID-19 and therefore they can utilize this type of treatment in the future.

 

If you are interested in this new venture please reach out to us at bostonacupunkture@gmail.com

 

This is going to be new for everyone, including us, and there will be some kinks to work out both via the booking website, getting your your acu-kit in a timely manor and connecting via online in a HIPPA-compliant way, but we look forward to this new journey with you and helping to continue care for our wonderful clients while promoting love, light and healing during this unknown, dark and scary time.

 

Health Insurance- Open Enrollment and Acupuncture Coverage!

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Did you know that more and more Health Insurance plans are starting to cover Acupuncture Services?

Right now is open enrollment for Insurance Healthcare 2018– see if your plan has an option for Acupuncture Coverage and start your journey to a healthier you today!

Plans we currently accept:
Neighborhood Health Plan
BMC HealthNet
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Commonwealth Care Alliance/One Care
Celticare
Fallon
Blue Cross Blue Shield MA
Tufts Community Health
Aetna
Cigna
Health Net Federal Services

If you are wondering if your plan covers acupuncture, give us a call and we will be happy to check for you: 617-971-8623

Now Accepting Health Insurance!

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Health-Insur-approved-stampHere at AcuPUNKture we strive to provide the best care possible to all of our patients and we are excited to announce that we now offer insurance coverage at our new JP office.

We accept the following insurances: Neighborhood Health Plan, Commonwealth Care Alliance, United Health Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim, Cigna and Aetna.

Even if you do not see your insurance carrier above, we may still be able to accept your insurance. Please call ahead to verify if you have Acupuncture Coverage with your specific plan: 617-971-8623.

 

Seeing is believing!

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This is SO cool! So many of us who have tried acupuncture and FELT the ‘De Qi’ Sensations at different acupuncture points along the body know that the acupuncture points exist, but now we can SEE it with this New CT scan technology.

Check it out!

Article: Acupuncture Points Getting’ Real

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Give your S.O.S. something really special this Valentine’s Day with this 2 for 1 *Couple’s Special*

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What could be better than a Relaxing and Rejuvenating Acupuncture Treatment to get your Valentine’s Day Weekend off to a great start? Treat yourself and your Some-One-Special to a One-hour Acupuncture treatment!

Don’t have a significant other? Sure you do! Call up your Bestie, your mom, your friend from work- whoever you want! and ask them to join you for a *Couple’s Treatment* They are Significant, right?! No judgements here!

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Two Acupuncture Treatments for the Price of One. That’s $20 a treatment!

Book your *Valentine’s Day Couple’s Special* Treatment Online now before it’s too late at:

http://www.bostonacupunkture.com or call/text 774-259-6751

*Offer valid February 12-21, 2015: Two acupuncture treatments for $40*

Superbowl 2015! Are you ready?

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Football fan or not, you will most likely be enjoying some tasty treats and an ice cold beer tonight while New England cheers on the Patriots at the 2015 Superbowl game! (Or you know… watch the puppy bowl and kitty half time show- hey I’m not judging!!)

What better way to celebrate, eat, drink and be merry than by getting an acupuncture treatment this week to combat that food coma we will all be in come Monday morning!

Appointments available at http://www.bostonacupunkture.com

#gopats!
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How to stay healthy when your family and friends are all getting sick!

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Did you know that Acupuncture is EXCELLENT for building up your immune system and knocking out the common cold and associated symptoms before they get a foothold in your body and wreak havoc on your body and mind?

It’s true! Getting acupuncture regularly will help boost your Defensive Qi (Wei Qi) in your body, helping you stave off illness and recover faster when you do get sick. Check out this newsletter by Licensed Acupuncturist, Jessica Chen, that goes into depth about wind-cold and wind-heat invasions AKA the common cold and ways to prevent them this flu season!

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Remember these tips to staying healthy while all your coworkers and friends are calling out sick!

-Drink warm beverages: If you drink Iced coffees- switch to hot coffees or better yet, switch to teas! Teas have many herbal properties that can help combat illness. Take MINT for example- mint tea can soothe a sore throat!

Eat warm foods: Stews and warm meals are great for the cold, winter months. Avoid eating cold foods such as salads and stick to warm root vegetables and heartier foods. Try to avoid spicy foods or greasy foods and excess sugar intake- which will all produce phlegm and exacerbate any cold symptoms.

Keep your neck covered: Now that it is officially scarf season I’m sure you are noticing many people sporting cute and stylish scarves with their winter outfits- but fashion benefits aside, scarves do hold a higher value to your health! Wearing a scarf will protect the back of your neck- which in Chinese Medicine is considered your wind-gate- the entrance way that pathogenic factors such as wind-cold and wind-heat use to enter into your body. It is important to keep this area covered when you are out facing the elements this winter to avoid getting sick.

Get regular Acupuncture treatments: To build your immune system, make sure to get regular acupuncture treatments prior to, and during the fall and winter months or changing seasons. Make sure that as soon as you feel the slightest tinge of a cold or sore throat coming on- you call your acupuncturist and book an appointment PRONTO! It can mean the difference between being sick for another couple days or catching a full on cold and being out of commission for weeks!!

*Remember there are many stages to the common cold and your acupuncturist can help aid a faster recovery, regardless of what stage you are in*

The Crystal Series: Opals

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Today’s featured stone is Opal!

The “stone of happy dreams and changes”. It helps center the mind and is particularly soothing for children and those who have always slept badly or had recurring nightmares with no apparent reason. Opals also relieve any issues a child may have with an invisible or imaginary friend, and is especially helpful before sleep if the child wishes the friend to go away at bedtime!

It is also a water-stone, with the perfect vibration to connect with the spiritual forces of water.

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Energetic Influence of Opal:
– Beneficial for the health of the eyes, hair, nails and skin
– May be used in treatments to clarify and strengthen the eyesight & treats disorders associated with the eyes
– Balances the body’s water content, overcoming dehydration or alleviating water retention
– Believed to disperse infections, purify the blood and kidneys, and to regulate insulin production
– Helps reduce fever
– Stimulates memory
– Energetically stabilizes neurotransmitter disturbances, such as Parkinson’s Disease
– Aids in OBGYN issues: female hormones, PMS and menopause, and provides comfort and ease during childbirth

Spiritual Influence of Opal:
– Supportive stone, dedicated to healing and strengthening the emotional body- for those seeking honest self-reflection
– High internal energy brings thoughts & feelings to the surface for examination
– Teaches one to take responsibility for one’s feelings while clearing past wounds, fears and resentments
– Facilitates the letting go of negative behaviors and soothes the emotional body, helping one feel more in control
– Assists one in becoming more positive and loving, more creative and spontaneous.
– Enhances cosmic consciousness and raising one’s level of intuition and insight.
– Traditionally used to invoke visions, increase lucid dreaming
– Attracts angelic energies and increases communications with the Divine
-Great for venturing into dangerous place and works as a shield to keep from absorbing other people’s negative thoughts and energies
– Promotes a sense of calm security, easing stress and depression
-Antidote to restless thoughts and racing minds that rehash the past or anticipate the future

 

For more detailed information on opals, please visit The Crystal Vault

Veterans day 2014: $25 private acupuncture treatments honored all week for Vets and Active Military!

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Today through next Saturday we are offering $25 Private Acupuncture Treatments to all Veterans and Active Military in honor of Veterans day 2014!

Know a Vet or Military personnel who could use a nice relaxing treatment before the busy stressful holiday season kicks in? Send them our way and we will take great care of them!

We treat all types of conditions from chronic pain, sleep disorders, PTSD, stress management and more.

Call 774-259-6751 to book your discounted military treatment or visit http://www.BostonAcuPUNKture.com to book online.
Flexible hours and weekend availability!

*must bring military form of ID*

What does YOUR tongue say about you?

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Whether or not you pay attention to the signs, or choose to listen to it, your body is constantly telling you about the state of your health! These subtle signs are right there in front of you- from aches and pains, to slight variations in the color of your skin in certain areas of your face, to the ever-changing qualities of your pulse and even the details of your tongue!

That’s right your tongue!

Believe it or not, your tongue changes over time. The thickness of your tongue and tongue coating, the color, the shape, how swollen or thin it is, canker sores in certain spots- they all tell a tale of what is going on deep within your body- in the places you can’t see. Each part of the tongue corresponds to a different organ in your body:

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Diagnosing:

As Acupuncturists practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine we observe many different characteristics in each of our patients in order to form a complete diagnosis. This includes: Asking questions about signs and symptoms and looking at health history forms, Observing the patient’s demeanor- how they talk, how they sit, if they are fidgeting or lethargic, how their spirit conveys through their eyes, the different colors in their face, their personality, etc., Feeling their pulse rates in three positions on each wrist, Feeling certain areas of the abdomen during Hara diagnosis (Japanese Style Acupuncture) and Observing the qualities of the tongue.

When you come in for an Acupuncture appointment, you might find it weird that I ask you to stick out your tongue- but this is a key diagnostic tool I use to confirm my diagnosis! So take a look in the mirror and look at your friend/spouse/neighbor/child’s tongue and compare it to your own. You will notice they are all different!

Below is a chart with 9 common TCM syndromes and their respective tongues:

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Healthy Tongue: A healthy tongue is naturally pink with a thin white coating.

Sometimes, temporary changes in color can occur due to certain foods staining the tongue such as blackberries, or coffee and cigarettes turning your tongue coat a yellow tinge.

Here are some characteristics I look for in my patients’ tongues. For detailed information on what each characteristic means, please visit: Yin Yang House

Color: Pink (normal), Pale, Red, Dark Red, Purple, Blue

Tongue Coating (Good indicator of Stomach and Spleen Qi): 

Overall: Thin, thick, dry, moist, wet, sticky (greasy/creamy)

Color: White, Yellow, Gray, Black

Rooting: Rooted (moss appears firmly implanted in tongue), Rootless (Moss appears to float on the surface), Peeled or Patchy

Sub-linguals (the veins underneath your tongue): Swollen, Purple, Blue

Body Shape: Cracked,  Deviated (crooked), Flaccid, Long, Short (contracted), Rigid, Stiff, Swollen, Thin, Thorny, Trembling (quivering)

Pretty cool right?

So next time you are in for your treatment, ask me what I see when I look at your tongue and we can look at it together!