“I’m afraid of needles,
except acupuncture needles.”
Acupuncture is a treatment procedure used to balance the internal flow of Qi, or energy, by inserting very fine needles into precise acupuncture points along the different energy pathways. Method of treatment and selection of acupuncture points are based on a proper diagnosis according to the theory of TCM. During a typical treatment, the practitioner may insert ten to twenty needles anywhere on the body, but most commonly on the forearms and lower legs. The procedure usually causes little discomfort, although the patient may feel tingling or a sensation of heaviness in the area of insertion.
Electro-acupuncture is a form of acupuncture in which an electric current is passed between a pair of needles. The frequency and intensity of the current is adjusted according to the condition being treated. It is especially useful in treating severe pain, and stubborn, chronic pain. Electro-acupuncture is also effectively used in post-stroke recovery and improving the appearance of scars.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine uses individual herbs and combinations of herbs to prevent and treat disease. Chinese herbal medicine includes over 350 plant, mineral, and animal products that have therapeutic properties. A unique and practical understanding of these substances makes for potent, natural remedies. In Traditional Chinese medicine, when treatment includes the use of herbs, they are carefully selected according to TCM theory to assist the body in healing itself.
Fire cupping is the use of fire to create suction in glass cups, which are placed on the body. The suction increases blood flow, relaxes muscles, and softens connective tissue. Cupping creates new pathways for blood flow, which is a necessary factor for healing and regeneration. Cupping is effective in treating fibromyalgia, musculoskeletal pain, and chronic, tight muscle knots. At the Chinese Acupuncture and Herb Center, fire cupping is typically included at no extra cost with an acupuncture treatment.
Shiatsu Massage (Edina Clinic Only)
Shiatsu is a form of holistic massage that balances all of the body’s systems – muscular, nervous, circulatory, digestive, and endocrine. Shiatsu massage is helpful in treating any ailment. Most notably, it can help treat headaches, back pain, insomnia, constipation, and many stress-related complaints. Massage is appropriate for children, seniors, and pregnant women. The benefits of Shiatsu massage include relaxation, increased flexibility, and improved energy.
Rates & Insurance
- New Patient Consultation: $45
- New Patient Consultation with Dr. Hu, Dr. Chin, or Mingchu Benson: $75
- Acupuncture Treatment: $75
After the initial consultation the following services are available. These services may be included at no additional charge with an acupuncture treatment.
- Herbal Medicine $15
- Cupping $20
- Shiatsu Massage $TBD – Edina Location
If you wish to verify your insurance benefits, you may call one of our clinic locations or contact your insurance directly.
We are in network for most major insurance, such as UCare, Medica, Health Partners, Cigna, Preferred One, Aetna, United Health Care, Select Care, and Patient’s Choice.
We also accept auto insurance and work compensation. Regardless of insurance status, all patients are welcome.
Traditional Chinese medicine seeks not only to treat disease, but to improve health and vitality. Treatment modalities such as acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can boost the immune system and increase energy.
Chinese Acupuncture & Herb Center, 2017