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Acupuncture Hours


Monday & Wednesday 2:00pm - 7:00pm

Tuesday & Thursday 11:00am - 7:00pm

Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm

Alternating Saturdays 11:00am - 2:00pm


You can now book your Return Client Acupuncture appointments online!

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Cathy Chase, MS, CA began her career in Chinese Medicine in 1990 as a massage and shiatsu therapist. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master's Degree from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in October 2002, and studied and worked at the University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Guangzhou, China in 2001. Cathy interned with Dr. Leaf Song, OMD, LAc for three years while attending acupuncture school.

She taught Traditional Chinese Medicine at Blue Sky Massage School in Madison from 2001 - 2005 and has taught many acupressure workshops. Cathy was on staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1995 - 2001 where she worked with teams and individual athletes.

Currently, she is a guest lecturer on Chinese Herbalism at the UW-Madison Medical School. You can see her talking about Chinese Herbs on the local TV show "Herb TV". She specializes in Pain Management, Sports Medicine, Migraine, and Women's Health and is working toward certification in Advanced Medical Gynecology.


Fees for Services:

First Session Acupuncture $90
Return Session Acupuncture $75
Herbal Consult- 30 minutes $45

5 Session Packages:

Package Sessions NEW: $355
Package Session RETURN: $340

UNITY members receive a 20% discount on the first acupuncture session and $5 off return sessions.


 

Acupuncture is one of eight branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is an empirical medicine based on over 3000 years of collective experience. Acupuncture restores the balance of energy (qi) in the body via stimulation of points along pathways or meridians that promote healing and balance within the body, mind and spirit. These points are located near or on the surface of skin and have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to promote wellness. Inserting needles at these specific points stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain.

The hypothalamus-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing the body's natural pain-killing hormones (endorphins) by stimulating the autonomic nervous system. It is estimated that endorphins are 200 times more potent than morphine. Endorphins also play a large role in the functioning of the hormonal system. Some of the physiological effects observed throughout the body include: increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief from pain, relief from muscle spasms and increased T-cell count which stimulates the immune system. According to Chinese Medical theory, illness arises when the flow of qi along the meridians become unbalanced or blocked. Most ailments can be treated using acupuncture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture is regulated and licensed in every state. Needles are individually packaged, pre-sterilized and disposed of after each use. The side effects of acupuncture are minimal. Some may experience bruising or light headedness after treatment which can be relieved by eating or rest. The World Health Organization recognizes Acupuncture for 50 conditions, including the common cold, stress reduction, addiction withdrawal, post-surgical recovery, and decreased immunity.

What can I expect from an Acupuncture session?

An interview and medical history will be taken followed by a TCM diagnosis. Several hair thin needles will be placed in acupuncture points on the body. Once the needles are in place, they generally cannot be felt. Typically, the needles will be left in for 20 or 30 minutes. Many people experience a floating or meditative state while the needles are in place. Some people fall asleep or become deeply relaxed. Often sensations will be felt in the body and the person will feel lighter and more refreshed.

How many Treatments will I need?

The number of treatments will depend on the nature of your condition. Generally speaking, positive results are seen in one to three treatments for short term conditions. Longer term problems require longer treatment. Results vary with the condition and individual. Acupuncture can relieve many side effects and symptoms of chronic disease.

Is Acupuncture covered by insurance?

Since health care policies vary, you should review your health insurance policy to determine if acupuncture treatments are covered. Although we do not work directly with insurance providers, we are always happy to provide the client with an invoice of treatments received to submit to their insurance company for reimbursement. Flex Spending accounts include acupuncture within their coverage. Massage therapy is reimbursable through Flex Spending with a physician's prescription. We also offer a discount in conjunction with Unity Health Insurance which includes 20% off an initial acupuncture treatment and $5 off return acupuncture sessions. Unity and Dean offer an annual health benefit of up to $100 per member for massage and acupuncture. Just let us know if you need a receipt or invoice.

Commonly Treated Conditions

Ear, Nose & Throat

  • Sinusitis
  • Rhinitis
  • Earaches
  • Toothaches

Respiratory

  • Colds & Flu
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Bronchitis
  • Emphysema

Gastrointestinal

  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Food Allergies
  • Constipation
  • Ulcers
  • Colitis

Musculo-skeletal

  • Low back pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis elbow
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • TMJ
  • Fibromyalgia

Gynecological

  • PMS
  • Menstrual irregularity
  • Menopausal syndrome
  • Endometriosis
  • Infertility

Urogenital

  • Stress incontinence
  • Prostatitis
  • Prostatic hypertrophy
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Cystitis

Circulatory

  • High cholesterol
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Angina pectoris
  • Hypertension

Emotional & Neurological

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Migraine
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus
  • Post-stroke paralysis
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Articles

East meets West: Treating Menstrual Migraine with Tong Qiao Huo Xue Wan by Cathy Chase, MS, CA, Dipl.Ac.

Published and Available Online through the Acupuncture Today Website.

Links

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