WELCOME TO CLOVER ACUPUNCTURE
Clover Acupuncture provides treatment for a variety of health conditions, including Pain Management, Insomia, Fertility & Pregnancy Care, Stress, Anxiety, and more.
Whether you attend with specific ailments or for general well being, our therapies will assist you in getting well and will help you stay that way.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one part of a whole range of treatments known as Chinese medicine, which includes herbs, massage, cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, nutrition and exercise to treat the body and spirit.
The ancient philosophy behind the treatment is that vital energy (Qi pronounced "Chee") flows through energy lines or meridians in the body.
In good health the flow of Qi is smooth and uninterrupted, but when illness strikes this flow is disturbed. Modern living can cause this energy to be disrupted in many ways, including stress, emotional upset, physical trauma, poor diet or overworking.
The body has a tremendous ability to heal itself, but sometimes due to prolonged stress or external pathogens we can get "stuck" or sick. We may have frequent anxiety, frustration, irritability & sadness or, as the energy gets backed up illness can take hold. Using needles to communicate with the brain & central nervous system the acupuncturist directs the body where to heal itself. As the needles are inserted into the corresponding energetic pathways (or meridians) energy is unblocked, a new equilibrium is created, endorphins are released and the nervous system encourages healing.
Each person is different and the Chinese medicine approach is to treat the patient as an individual and this is at the core of acupuncture, with the treatment very much tailored to the patients needs to allow the body to rebalance itself.
At Clover Acupuncture & Wellness, we believe in using gentle methods to encourage optimal relaxation during treatment.
Will I have a treatment during my first consultation?
Yes. Our main concern is on reducing your pain or discomfort as soon as possible. We will however take a detailed case history during your consultation.
How long does a treatment take?
Treatments last approx. 45 – 60 minutes but allow up to 1 – 1.5 hour(s) for your first visit.
How many treatments will I need?
Acupuncture works as a “process”, not a “procedure”. It works over a series of treatments. You can never have acupuncture treatments too close together, but you can have them too far apart. It works cumulatively, each treatment building on the previous, and we want to continue building on your progress.
If we treat you today but your symptoms return before your next appointment, then we went too far between appointments. Of course we want symptoms to constantly improve. In order to accomplish this, visits should generally be twice a week for the first 1-2 weeks although every client is different and adjustments can be made.
After that as long as your symptoms are improving and staying at that level of improvement between appointments, then we’ll back off.
Once your symptoms are basically gone, then we’ll go into Maintenance Mode where I’ll see you once per month or longer for a “tune up” treatment.
Chinese medicine does not simply mask a particular problem, it addresses the ROOT CAUSE. If worked properly, the end result is a full recovery of symptoms.
Can I have my appointment after work?
Yes. Our clinic has late evening appointments available, so you can have an appointment from 9:00am – 6:30pm (Last appointment, when available).
What is the difference between Acupuncture & “Dry-Needling”?
Both techniques use Acupuncture needles now. However “Dry Needling” originally used hypodermic needles with no solution inside hence the “Dry” part of the name.
Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine using channels in the body and acupuncture points. However, in acupuncture “Ashi” points (a point anywhere on the body which is tender/sore, similar to trigger points) are also acupuncture points. Therefore an acupuncturist is not limited to just the points on the channels. Whereas, dry needling uses muscle trigger points which are similar to the “Ashi” points in acupuncture.
Furthermore, acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine which focuses on an entire medical philosophy and can treat the whole person – mind,body,and spirit. Therefore it treats musculo-skeletal problems, fertility, stress, anxiety, digestive disorders, addictions and so on, very often during the same treatment. “Dry Needling” treats musculo-skeletal problems only.
Finally, an acupuncturist will spend at least 3 years training while a course in “Dry Needling” is usually completed over a period of 2 weekends training.
What are your fees?
Acupuncture (ALL Initial Consultation plus treatment) $85
Acupuncture (Follow up) $60
Cosmetic Acupuncture/Acupuncture Facial (Follow up) $60
Auricular-only Acupuncture $25
Moxibustion or cupping-only Treatment $30
-7 treatments $375 (savings of 15%)
-10 treatments $500 (savings of 20%)
Cash, check, and credit cards accepted.
“The opportunity to help in a family’s quest to become parents is an honor I am grateful for everyday. The intimate relationships I build with my clients is incredibly special and Chinese Medicine offers me the tools to contribute positively in people’s lives.”
— Candice Behan
FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY
Acupuncture and Herbs for Fertility
Think of fertility like gardening. First, we have to till the field and prepare the soil to plant the seed, so that we can harvest the crop. Acupuncture helps to return nutrients to the soil (body) and to ripen the seed to maturation.
“Fertility acupuncture helps prepare your body for conception. It aids in balancing hormones, and regulating the period so that ovulation is more predictable.”
We recommend patients chart their ovulation and become familiar with ovulation signs such as changes in cervical mucous. Treatments are done weekly during each phase of the female cycle – luteal phase, ovulation phase, follicular phase, and menstrual phase. Many patients are recommended to take herbal formulas for each different phase of their cycle. Many patients can expect to conceive within 3-6 cycles.
If there are any problems keeping you from conceiving, acupuncture and herbs will be used to correct these first, and restore balance and harmony in the body. Acupuncture can resolve such problems as:
Irregular Periods, Amenorrhea, Dysmenorrhea, Endometriosis, Anovulation
Fibroids, Ovarian Cysts, PCOS
Prevent Habitual Miscarriage
Advanced Maternal Age & Ovarian Reserve
Fertility challenges affect women and men equally. In approximately 40% of infertile couples, the male partner is either the sole cause or a contributing cause of infertility.
We strongly urge couples to make conception a partnered focus, as too many women take on the pressures to conceive alone.
This only serves to add to fertility-related stress. Pharmacies now carry male fertility tests which although are not a complete sperm panel, will accurately test for low sperm count from the privacy of your own home. Male fertility can be treated quite effectively with traditional Chinese medicine.
Acupuncture and IVF OR IUI
Acupuncture is an effective compliment to assisted reproductive techniques. Acupuncture combined with IUI/IVF can increase conception up to 65%.
Ideally, acupuncture is done at weekly intervals for 3 cycles to help produce quality eggs and best prepare the body for conception before beginning injections.
A session is done the day prior to retrieval, to help increase blood flow to the uterus, as well as reduce stress. After transfer, you will rest the remainder of that day. Some IVF clinics recommend 48 hours bed rest. Post IVF acupuncture session is done 2 days after transfer.
Now that you’ve conceived, congratulations! Pregnancy can bring on it’s own set of symptoms–number one, is nausea. Acupuncture is a safe and effective therapy for mothers-to-be, and is well known to alleviate nausea during the first trimester. As pregnancy advances, acupuncture can help resolve such conditions as:
Hip Pain, Low Back Pain, Sciatica
Carpal Tunnel pain due to pregnancy swelling
“I will never forget the picture I received of my first fertility patient holding her newborn baby girl. Having held two beautiful newborn babies of my own, I realized what that moment meant, and you could say my life’s passion was born that day too!”
— Candice Behan