Acupuncture Decatur specializes in
165 Dekalb Industrial Way, Suite D
Decatur, GA 30030
|Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly
used medical procedures in the world. Originating
in China thousands of years ago, acupuncture stimulates
specific points on the body to facilitate healing. The evidence that acupuncture
works has been demonstrated by the thousands of
research articles published around the world. See
my research section to
review some of them.
What is 5 Element Acupuncture and What
Makes It Special?
Five element acupuncture is the classical
method of acupuncture handed down orally from master to
student, from antiquity. It reflects the tradition of
acupuncture as practiced before communist China.
The five element tradition carries unique
knowledge of the ways in which people develop physically,
mentally and emotionally. It treats the
root of your problem, not just your symptom, so that you
You are completely unique—five
element medicine understands the how you became the person
you are today, and it has the knowledge required to restore
and maintain your balance.
Five element acupuncture’s ultimate
goal is to support you in healing on all levels so as
to fully experience life. It supports this by increasing
your capacity to be present in each moment, while assisting
your embodiment of heavenly and earthly virtues. This
is accomplished through positive reinforcement of the
Divine qualities of your soul and spirit, and the transformation
of old wounds and belief systems. As treatment progresses,
physical, emotional, and spiritual conditions generally
resolve, and your body’s physical symptoms naturally
Five element acupuncturists are
trained to closely observe the subtle energetic signs that precede illness. We constantly reveal our imbalances
through subtle vocal qualities, facial colorations, natural
body odors, and habitual emotional states.
If you are relatively healthy, receiving
five element acupuncture on a biweekly or monthly basis
can prevent new conditions from forming. For this reason,
five element acupuncture is ideal for preventative care
and health maintenance.
Additionally, five element acupuncture heightens
self-awareness. As treatment progresses you will begin
to observe your energetic cycles and patterns. Having
this awareness empowers you to make decisions which
better serve your health, your relationships, and your
How Does Acupuncture
Ancient Asian masters discovered that there is a vital
life force that permeates everything, all of life. They
called this life force Qi (pronounced chee).
Qi runs in channels throughout your
body as rivers run through the earth, nourishing your
cells and tissues. Acupuncture drains qi from areas where
it is stagnant or constrained and strengthens qi in areas that
are tired or empty. The places where qi gathers within
the meridians were deemed acupuncture points. By accessing
your qi through the points where it is most accesible,
acupuncture harmonizes and balances the basic energy on
which your entire body and mind live.
Tools of the Trade
Acupuncture needles are thin, fine as a hair, and solid. I only use single-use,
sterile, disposable needles. Most patients report feeling
a range of sensations when needled - some describe it
as completely painless, while others feel a prick, a
sting, or a surge of energy.
is a process where an herb named "moxa," (otherwise
known as artemesia or Chinese mugwort) is burned on or
near acupuncture points. Moxabustion is an important and
frequently used practice in five element acupuncture.
Its benefits include:
Raising your general energy level and metabolism
Warming areas that are cold
- Moving energy that is constrained or
- Nourishing and calming the heart and
Ion Cords were developed by Dr. Yoshio Manaka. They use different metals and polarities to enhance your body's natural healing abilities. I clip them to acupuncture needles after they have been inserted.
The Manaka Hammer, also developed by Dr. Yoshio Manaka, is a small, light hammer used to gently tap points at specific rates.
Electric Stimulation enhances
the effect of the needles. There is very little sensation
associated with this additional therapy, and it gives great
Cupping is another
traditional acupuncture therapy. Cupping is a treatment
in itself, and I often combine it with acupuncture or
shiatsu. To read more about cupping click
What to Expect
I offer both individual and group sessions as a way of providing acupuncture at the level you need.
During individual treatments, you are the only patient being treated. Your initial treatment will last up to 90 minutes and it consists of an interview, physical exam, and
an acupuncture session. It is designed to give you ample opportunity
to speak about your concerns at length and for me make appropriate recommendations. Each treatment
thereafter lasts up to 1 hour.
Please come to your first session with
your paperwork completed (which you can download below),
and the bottles for all medications, vitamins and other
supplements you are currently taking. If possible, refrain
from wearing makeup and perfume.
Your initial 90-minute acupuncture treatment
costs $120. Each 1-hour follow-up session costs $80.
During group treatments, there is more than one patient being treated while you are in the office. Your initial intake interview, which needs to be scheduled separately from your first group treatment, lasts 20-30 minutes and gives you the opportunity to describe your concerns. Each group treatment lasts 45 minutes.
Please note that not all conditions are suited to being treated in a group setting. Please contact me if you're unsure of whether individual or group treatment is most appropriate for your situation.
Your initial group intake interview costs $40 and each group treatment costs $25.
To Make an Appointment
To schedule your first individual session, you can make an appointment online at acupuncture.genbook.com. Or, feel free to call me at 404-863-9900. For your convenience, you can also schedule follow-up individual sessions online.
To schedule your group intake interview and first group session, please call me 404-863-9900. Group sessions must be schedule over the phone or via email.
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I sincerely and enthusiastically look forward to meeting you soon!