Help Your Body Heal Itself
We build on the time-honored foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine to engage your body’s ability to balance and heal.
Our approach blends technology from modern medicine and applications from Arizona’s leading acupuncturist.
Dr. Whitney holds a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. At IHI, we consider all aspects of life, not just physical symptoms, to develop a customized treatment plan, in the context of each patient as a whole person.
What We Treat
“With free flow of Qi
there is no pain.
Without free flow
there is pain.”
– Traditional Chinese Saying
How does it work?
While Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to be effective in treating symptoms ranging from pain to seasonal allergies to insomnia, the mechanisms by which it works are still subject to debate and may be described differently by different providers.
The simplest answer, from a modern Western medical perspective, is that tiny Acupuncture needles (less than 1/10th the size of a sewing needle) inserted into the skin promote blood circulation to targeted areas. This in turn activates your body’s immune and nervous systems, reducing inflammation and releasing endorphins to alleviate pain. Acupuncture is rooted in a history that spans more than 2,000 years, and Eastern-based practitioners would probably describe Acupuncture’s effectiveness differently. Acupuncture helps to correct imbalances in the body caused by external factors such as stress, toxins, and injury. Once restored to proper balance, the body can better heal itself.
Small hair-thin needles are inserted into specific points of the body to activate the nervous system and promote blood flow.
Through a suction technique, glass cups are placed on the body in specific areas to separate the muscles and fascia to promote blood flow and to release toxins in areas of distress.
Traditional Chinese medicinal herbs are prescribed to support the healing process. Herbal prescriptions are tailored to each person’s specific needs and conditions.
A tool is used to scrape and stimulate specific areas of the body to improve circulation and break up scar tissue.
Certain conditions may benefit from a small electrical stimulation to help reset your muscles and support neurological conditions.
Service & Pricing
Acupuncture treatments are complimentary for our members. During your treatment, your acupuncturist will target the root of your matter using a range of therapeutic tools. As with most therapies, you may be encouraged to continue your treatments with a series of follow-up visits.
Treatment times vary, depending on the severity of the condition we are treating. Typical sessions last about an hour and are all inclusive. We don’t want you to worry about pricing when it comes to your personal health. We seek to be your guide and first line of defense when it comes to making and keeping you at your best.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does Acupuncture feel like? Does it hurt?
Acupuncture needles are sterile and as thin as a human hair. They are used only once then disposed of. Most insertions are completely painless, although sometimes patients experience a mild sensation that only lasts a brief moment. Many patients are surprised to find treatments to be very pleasurable, often bringing them into a state of deep relaxation.
How long does it take for Acupuncture to work?
Benefits are often felt immediately after the first treatment, although the best results are cumulative (as Acupuncture builds on itself as the body returns to a state of health). As treatment progresses, so too does the length of time that its effects last.
How often will I need to come in?
Frequency of treatment is dependent on the nature and severity of your condition. Our practitioners are happy to meet with you for a free 15-minute consultation to assess your individual situation and offer a suggested course of treatment.
Is acupuncture covered by insurance?
If your plan provides coverage for Acupuncture out of network, we are more than happy to verify your coverage details for you and provide you with all of the documentation needed to submit to your carrier for reimbursement.
Patients are also welcome to utilize their Flexible Spending Accounts, healthcare savings accounts, or healthcare reimbursement accounts to pay for acupuncture services. If you have any questions about your coverage, our pricing, or payment for acupuncture please call us. We are more than happy to help!
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