Our acupuncture clinic is conveniently located in Carmel and north Indianapolis area. To achieve quick effects, we choose the best method from various types of acupuncture (e.g. ear, scalp, and body acupuncture), Guasha, and Chinese herbal medicine. Our wide selection of treatment methods and great clinical experience allow us to tackle difficult and complex disease conditions. Patients with special conditions or needs are welcome to make an appointment for free consultation or call with us.
New! Acupuncture points on the ears are intricately connected to various parts of our body, offering a valuable resource for both disease diagnosis and treatment. Ear acupuncture is well-known for its effectiveness in treating pains, insomnia, addiction, and weight control. However, it whas wide applications and quick effect to many other illnesses. We are pleased to introduce ear pricking acupuncture as a treatment option for eligible patients. This procedure involves a meticulous examination of the ears to identify any existing or emerging abnormal spots or areas, followed by delicate pricking of these spots (often many of them can be found in the ears) to induce slight bleeding. The main advantages of this treatment include:
(1) Rapid effect: Many patients experience immediate or swift alleviation of symptoms after the procedure.
(2) Holistic Approach: Each treatment session addresses all abnormal regions and organs within the body.
(3) Early Detection and Intervention: Functional or structural changes in body parts can be identified and treated at their corresponding ear areas. In some patients, abnormal changes in the ears exist before any symptoms appear.
Should you find this approach interesting and useful for you, we encourage you to discuss it with us during your clinic visit.
New! Starting in October of 2022, we offer a unique traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment that is safe, convenient, and most important, precise and effective. Based on careful disease evaluation (particularly pulse diagnosis), a few types of herbal power (usually 3-6) in a small amount (usually 0.1-0.5 gram each) will be prescribed to be put underneath patient's tongue for 5-10 minutes or taken in water. Then the patient's condition will be re-evaluated to feedback on the treatment effect and herbal prescription for use for a one week or longer. Because the herbs being used are safe (all from plants) and in small amount (1/10 - 1/100 of regular dosage), this method is a safe, low-cost, and effective treatment for many chronic conditions and for promoting health when one dosn't have any symptoms. Further information can be found below. We currently offer $60 a session including clinic visit and one week of herbal power supply.
Our clinic is very clean (we change sheets after every treatment) and quite; we uses single-use sterile needles and high quality Chinese herbs. You can find further information about acupuncture treatment in our Frequently Asked Questions section.
Neurological and Mental Disorders
Epilepsy, Bell's Palsy, Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Detoxification, Migraines, Headaches, Insomnia, Post Stroke paralysis, Stress, Depression, Sleep disorders, Tic disorder, Trigeminal neuralgia, Parkinson's disease, and Dementia.
Arthritis, Back Pain, Scoliosis, Heel pain, Tendonitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sprains, Work-Related Injuries.
Respiratory, Cardiovascular, and Digestive systems
Sinusitis, Chronic bronchitis; Hypertension, Arrhythmia; Stomach Disorders, IBS and ulcerative colitis
Urinary and Reproductive system
Infertility, Menopause/PMS, Hot flash, Endometriosis, Dysmenorrhea, Menstrual Problems, Incontinence.
Metabolism and Immunology
Chronic Fatigue, Weight Loss, Alcohol Addiction, Diabetes.
Dry or Red Eyes, Tinnitus (Ringing of Ears), Dizziness, Sinus Infections, Taste or Smell loss.
It is well known that acupuncture is very effective in relieving various pains, such as muscular pain, inflammation pain, and neuropathic pain. In our clinic, a majority of patients seek acupuncture for chronic and persistent pains. Unfortunately, some patients only turn to acupuncture after trying various methods, including medications, local injections, physical therapy, and even surgery. In fact, the earlier they use acupuncture, the sooner and the better they will experience pain relief.
Acupuncturists approach the treatment of pains and diseases differently. We are effective and unique in treating pains in the following two aspects:
Scoliosis is a condition characterized by a sideways curve of the spine. In children and teens with scoliosis, the spine forms an abnormal S-shaped or C-shaped curve. The most common type of scoliosis is idiopathic scoliosis, typically occurring in children aged 11 and older. It is more prevalent in girls than boys. While most individuals with mild to moderate scoliosis do not experience clinical symptoms, it can lead to complications including an abnormal appearance, back problems including back pain, and difficulty breathing. Since the cause of scoliosis is largely unknown, the current treatment options, including physical therapy, bracing, and surgery, are often with uncertain effects, painful, and unsatisfactory.
How can acupuncture treat scoliosis?
Parents and family members of scoliosis patients commonly notice one or more of the following signs:
- Uneven shoulders.
- One shoulder blade being more prominent or visible than the other.
- One hip being higher than the other.
- One side of the rib cage being higher than the other.
- The head not being centered directly above the pelvis.
- The entire body leaning to one side.
In fact, these signs are a result of imbalanced stress and tension of specific muscles attached to the spine, which cause the spine to curve sideway. Therefore, the key is to relax these muscles to allow the spine to become straighten. Our acupuncture treatment focuses on precisely pinpointing and stimulating these muscles to promote their relaxation to correct the imbalance and treat scoliosis. In comparison to current methods, acupuncture offers fast results, minimal pain, damage, and suffering. Most importantly, it works! In some patients, positive changes have been observed even after the very first treatment. It also works in severe and adult patients of scoliosis, but multiple sessions of treatment will be necessary.
Acne is a widespread and bothersome condition that affects many individuals, yet the available treatment options remain limited (for more information on modern medical treatments, please click here ).
Fortunately, both acupuncture and Chinese herbs have demonstrated effectiveness in addressing acne. These treatments function by regulating internal factors, including digestion, blood circulation, metabolism, and stress. They typically yield prompt relief, with noticeable improvements often seen within just 1-2 treatments, and the results tend to be long-lasting. Our treatment approach encompasses acupuncture, wet cupping, and herbal powder, which can be employed individually or in combination based on the patient's specific condition.
Acupuncture is a form of therapy that involves the insertion of needles into specific points on the body, known as acupuncture points or acupoints, to achieve therapeutic effects. According to traditional Chinese medicine theory (TCM), the human body has 14 meridians that circulate vital energy, or qi, and connect the visceral organs with the extremities. By stimulating acupoints along these meridians, the circulation of qi can be regulated, affecting the organs and body regions and treating diseases.
While the exact mechanisms and effects of acupuncture are not yet fully understood, modern biomedical research has shown that it has broad and significant effects on regulating inflammation, endogenous opioid release, immune function, and the activities and functions of various organs and systems. When used correctly, acupuncture can bring more benefits than just pain control.
During your first visit, you will have a diagnostic consultation with the acupuncturist. He/she will gather your medical history and examine any relevant information to make a diagnosis based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. If it is determine that acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine could benefit your condition, you will proceed with the first treatment.
To make it easier for treatment, we suggest wearing loose clothing that allows access to certain body parts, such as the thigh and back. As acupuncture treatment relies on regulating your own energy for healing, it is helpful to avoid being starved, exhausted, or in a bad mood before, during, or after your treatment session.
Describing your disease history and current symptoms and conditions is crucial for diagnosing your illness. In the Chinese medicine system, exactly how you feel are important for diagnosis. For instance, whether you are experiencing coldness, warmth, fatigue or exhaustion, thirst, sweating, hunger, as well as details about your appetite, urination, and bowel movements. You can envision there are different sensors at various locations of your body (e.g., detecting cold, warmth, pain, thirst, etc.), which can sensitively and reliably reflect normal or abnormal conditions of your body. Therefore, what and how you feel play a crucial role in the diagnosis of acupuncture.
While some patients like to share the names of diseases in modern medicine and the results of lab tests, these details are helpful but not essential. The Chinese medicine system places emphasis on the dynamic functional state of the human body, and its diagnostic and treatment approaches differ from those of modern medicine.
The number of acupuncture treatment sessions required is determined by several factors, with disease condition being a major one. For instance, mild, acute, or functional disorders may require only a few treatment sessions (such as acute back pain or sprains, which usually only require one or a couple of treatments). On the other hand, severe, chronic, and structural diseases usually require more treatment sessions. Additionally, since individuals respond differently to acupuncture treatment, the patient's health condition and response also play a significant role in determining the number of sessions required. Finally, the skill and experience of an acupuncturist is also a critical factor that can affect the treatment's effectiveness. In our clinic, we try our best to achieve the quickest treatment effect possible.
Needles used for acupuncture are very tiny and for single use only. People usually do not feel much pain when the needle is inserted. However, the inserted needles can produce a sensation of pressure, heaviness, or soreness in the local area, which actually indicates an effective response of the body to the needling. Some people feel relaxed and can fall asleep, which is normal.
Our clinic is unique in several ways:
According to traditional Chinese medicine theory, diseases are caused by (1) an insufficiency of energy or nutrients being generated in the body and organs (such as qi, fluid, yin, or yang deficiency), (2) an excess amount of energy or nutrients (such as excess heat or fluid) or accumulation of pathogenic factors (such as abnormal accumulation of qi and blood) in a body part or organ, or (3) a combination of both. Pulse diagnosis (and other TCM diagnosis methods) provides a means to determine the dynamic functional state of internal viscera to guide treatment. By using herbs to correct these abnormalities, we can treat diseases and restore a normal body balance.
Regarding one type of our TCM treatment, after a patient undergoes a careful evaluation of their disease condition (particularly through pulse diagnosis), they will be asked to drink a small amount of herbal powder (only 1-2 grams) mixed in water or place it underneath their tongue for 5-10 minutes. The patient will then be re-evaluated (primarily through pulse diagnosis) to determine the treatment's effectiveness (we can usually observe almost immediate effects of the herbs!). Some patients may experience symptom improvement quickly. This free process also provides an opportunity for the patients to test if this therapy is suitable for them. Based on the re-evaluation, a herbal powder for use for a few days to 1-2 weeks will be prescribed, and the patients typically take it twice daily.
In addition, we also have herbal pills available, depending on patient conditions and needs
In contrast to conventional TCM, we use smaller doses of herbal powder (~10x to up to 200x smaller) to achieve comparable or superior results. This is due to several factors: (1) precise diagnosis through pulse diagnosis is essential, allowing for the precise targeting of disease abnormalities and the restoration of body balance; (2) the use of high-quality herbal powder via the sublingual route allows for rapid absorption and effectiveness. Most significantly, this method has been used on hundreds and thousands of patients in China with positive outcomes, including challenging cases such as stroke, hypertension, and women's health.
Depending on diagnosis, the treatment can benefit many different health conditions:
1. It can effectively treat chronic conditions, such as insomnia, constipation, gastritis, back pain, menopause, and autoimmune diseases. Combining herbal medicine with acupuncture is particularly effective for deficient-type diseases, such as post-chemotherapy or post-radiotherapy cancer with qi and fluid deficiency, as it quickly replenishes what is lacking to restore balance and control symptoms.
2. People without severe symptoms or diagnoses can benefit greatly from TCM treatment. Those with suboptimal health, such as tiredness, lack of energy, feeling cold, or poor appetite, can have their body state normalized in a relatively short time. More importantly, TCM can prevent the development of more severe symptoms or diseases, helping to maintain optimal health.