Many people come to acupuncture when an illness or an injury has not responded fully to conventional treatments. I believe that Eastern Medicine is a complement to Western Medicine and the two are not mutually exclusive. Part of my goal as a practitioner is to help move clients back onto a path towards a better quality of life.
The great strength of Chinese medicine is its focus on wellness and prevention. It focuses on the roots of what causes symptoms. For one person this may mean relieving neck pain so that he or she starts getting a full night of sleep. For another it may mean relieving hip and low back pain so he or she can start exercising again. For yet another it could be help to balancing emotions and mood to decrease stress eating. I work to empower people to live healthier lives so that in the long run they don’t need to rely on acupuncture.
To become an acupuncturist, I completed a four-year graduate level program in acupuncture at the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine, in Boone, NC. I am board certified in acupuncture by the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and am a licensed acupuncturist in the state of North Carolina. Furthermore, I hold certification in Facial Rejuvenation Massage and Acupuncture. I am also a certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist and a certified Tai Chi and Qigong instructor. . . .
. . . . Read more about Tamara, her treament phylosophy, and services at: www.charlotteacupuncturetherapy.com/meet-tamara.html . . .
Tamara Koltun, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., ADS
New patients: (approximately 1.5 -2 hours) -$95
- Basic treatment - approximately 50 min - $60
- Full treatment - approximately 60 - 90 mins - $67 - $75
Cupping Therapy - $65
Appointment time is 50 - 60 mins and includes abbreviated intake and the procedure itself.
Appointment time is 40-50 mins and includes an abbreviated intake and the procedure itself.
Acupuncture Detoxification Treatments or
Acupuncture Stress Reduction Treatments:
Appointment time is 40-45 mins. These treatments are less expensive because they require no intake or diagnostic exam.
~ One-time acupuncture detoxification or stress reduction treatment -$50
~ Package of 5 individual sessions is $235 ($47 each treatment)
~ Package of 10 individual sessions is $450 ($45 each treatment)
For more services and more information:
Studies by NIH and the World Health Organization conclude that acupuncture effectively treats:
Respiratory disorders, Eye Disorders, Mouth disorders, Gastrointestinal disorders, Neurologic disorders, Musculoskeletal disorders, Reproductive and gynecological disorders, Mental and emotional disorders,Postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting, Postoperative dental pain, Addictions, Stroke rehabilitation, Headaches, Menstrual cramps, Tennis elbow, Fibromyalgia, Myofascial pain, Osteoarthritis, Low back pain, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Asthma. Read more about the conditions we commonly treat and acupuncture research results here below. Or download the article here.
What Conditions Acupuncture Can Help?
Acupuncture has become an integral part of our health system. Scientific research demonstrates that acupuncture is a powerful medicine that can safely treat myriad of health conditions. Here are several examples that provide evidence of that:
The World Health Organization
In 1979, the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged that acupuncture is effective for treatment of 43 health problems, including:
Respiratory disorders (Sinusitis, rhinitis, common cold and flu, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, bronchitis, asthma)
Eye Disorders (Conjunctivitis, cataracts)
Mouth disorders (Toothache, post-extraction pain, gingivitis)
Gastrointestinal disorders (Spasms of esophagus, hiccoughs, gastritis, acid reflex, duodenal ulcers, colitis,
constipation, diarrhea, paralytic ileus)
Neurologic disorders (Headaches and migraine, facial palsy in early stage, trigeminal neuralgia, peripheral
neuropathies, Meniere's disease, neurologic bladder dysfunction, bedwetting)
Musculoskeletal disorders (Back pain, pain in the rib area, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, injuries and pains)
Reproductive and gynecological disorders (Premenstrual syndrome, menstrual cramps, spotting, excessive bleeding loss of menstrual period, impotence, infertility, incontinence, prostatitis)
Mental and emotional disorders (Stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia)
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Statement
In its consensus statement, the NIH reported that “acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management” of the following conditions:
Postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting
Postoperative dental pain
Low back pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
What Do the Acupuncture Studies Say?
Below are just a few results from the studies done to show the effectiveness of acupuncture. You can find many more research results on the Internet.
Acupuncture for Migraines
A study carried out at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in London showed that acupuncture was more effective than drugs in the treatment of migraine Jnl. of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neuropsychiatry 1984; 47. 333-7
A more recent study from Turin, in Italy, showed that acupuncture was significantly better than a standard drug at reducing the number of migraine attacks but gave better pain relief and had fewer side effects - it upset patients less than the drug. Patients who used acupuncture at the start of a migraine reported reduced symptoms, required less medication and had decrease frequency of headaches during the four months of the study. Allais G, et al. Headache, 2002; 42; 855-861
A study published in Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy (Nov.-Dec. 2003) concluded that women with breach babies treated with acupuncture were far more likely (76.4%) to have the fetus move to the proper delivery position than those not given acupuncture.
A researcher at Duke University, Dr. Tong G. Gan concluded in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia (Sept. 2003) that acupuncture was far more effective for postoperative sickness and vomiting than Zofran, a widely used anti-nausea drug.
In an article published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine (March 2003), 50 patients with sciatica received acupuncture twice per week for 5 weeks. Only two patients out of 50 reported no improvement. 40% were completely cured and the remaining 56% had significant improvement.
In the Journal of Clinical Oncology (November 2003), a study reported that pain intensity levels of cancer-related pain decreased an average of 36% in those patients receiving ear acupuncture.
Sleep and Insomnia
In the winter 2004 issue of Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Neuroscience, a preliminary report stated that acupuncture promotes sleep in insomnia patients, noting that anxiety levels were lower and sleep efficiency and nighttime melatonin levels increased in 18 adult patients suffering from anxiety and insomnia.
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