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What is Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM)?

Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM) generally refers to traditional practices of medicine originating in China, Japan, Korea and nearby regions. TEAM is a complete and comprehensive system of healthcare. Foundational modalities include Acupuncture, Herbal medicine, Qi gong, Asian massage practices and Moxibustion (Moxa). Acupuncture is the most commonly used of these modalities.

The term/concept Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM), is a wonderful acronym for the foundation of healing, it is a TEAM event! Healing requires your active participation and we are thankful to have the opportunity to work with you.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes! We accept all major insurance plans that cover acupuncture services. You can call the customer service number on the back of your card to verify acupuncture benefits, including copays, deductibles, maximum dollar amount and/or number of visits allowed. As an alternative, we are always happy to verify this information for you, just give us a call.

How often should I come?

Prevention is a key to health; we recommend treatment a minimum of four times per year (quarterly, with the change of seasons) for overall wellness. Treatment plans for specific conditions are individual to each patient. Acute cases can resolve more quickly than ongoing chronic conditions, which can take a few weeks to a few months depending on severity of the condition, as well as the health and lifestyle of the individual. Twice weekly for 4 weeks is a reasonable frequency for chronic back pain.

What Other Conditions Can TEAM Treat?

Although musculoskeletal pain is the primary reason patients seek care from acupuncture and the system of TEAM, there are numerous conditions and symptoms we can work with. For example, if during the course of your treatments you ‘catch-a-cold’ we can adjust the acupuncture treatment to include acupoints to boost your immune system. Some of the common issues that we work with include: Women’s Health related complaints, headaches, gastrointestinal complaints, sleep disturbances, stress, and anxiety.

What Can I expect After Treatment?

Although patients most often report an increased feeling of ‘well-being’, experiences are individual. Some patients report improved sleep, digestion, and increased relaxation. On rare occasion, patients report a temporary worsening of symptoms; if this occurs it is usually followed by notable improvements within a day or two.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Of the modalities within the system of Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM), acupuncture is most commonly utilized. Modern research has documented numerous physiological effects, such as reduced inflammation, pain relief, and enhanced immune function. A current theory is that acupuncture stimulates the connective tissue (fascia) to transfer signals throughout the body and to communicate with other systems, such as the nervous, endocrine, and immune -systems. In short, it appears acupuncture encourages the body to ‘self-regulate’ and balance systems that are not functioning optimally.