3,000-year-old Asian Medicine Can Serve You Now
In compliance with modern regulations, Frances Gander is licensed to practice acupuncture in Wisconsin and is a nationally board-certified diplomate in acupuncture (NCCAOM). Her practice is a blend of five element acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and enriched by several healing traditions. A graduate of the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Maryland University of Integrative Health), she has been in practice since 1993. Her healing arts are enhanced by 40 years internal arts study (taijiquan and qigong). There are many precedents and reasons for the integration of self-care practices into the life and work of a healer. Frances is happy to align with this tradition.
Call 443-570-0776 to make an appointment.
Acupuncture treatment fees range from $70 to $200. Fees are due at the time of your treatment, in check or cash. In all cases, you will pay at the time of service. You may request a detailed receipt to submit to your insurance .
Please download your health questionnaire. Complete and bring to your first appointment.
Your First Visit
A treatment plan will develop from our discussions during your first visit. Other medical information is integrated with what is learned through the senses of seeing, hearing, smell and feeling. The plan and approach involves the senses as well as the intellect. Reading your pulses and tongue helps in evaluating your overall balance of qi [chi] in your systems. We will consider your doctor’s diagnoses, your mental as well as physical symptoms. The body and mind are linked so they influence one another.
Conditions Acupuncture Helps
Because acupuncture balances and harmonizes the whole self, it can treat many conditions, prevent illness, and maintain health. For conditions that require surgery or antibiotics, for example), acupuncture treatment supports and hastens healing. These are some of the conditions in which acupuncture augments healing:
- Breathing and lung problems such as asthma, chronic breathlessness, bronchitis, coughs, hay fever.
- Circulatory problems such as angina, chronic heart conditions, high or low blood pressure, palpitations, poor circulation in legs, stroke, thrombosis, varicose veins.
- Digestive and bowel complaints such as inflamed gall bladder, gall stones, indigestion, nausea, ulcers, vomiting, reflux, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome.
- Ear, eye, nose, mouth and throat disorders such as blurred vision, chronic catarrh, conjunctivitis, deafness, dry eyes, gum problems, nosebleeds, sore throats, tinnitus.
- Emotional and mental conditions such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, insomnia, panic attacks.
- Gynecological disorders such as heavy periods, hot flushes and menopausal problems, irregular periods, morning sickness, period pain, blocked milk ducts, premenstrual tension, scanty or no periods, postnatal depression, vaginal discharge.
- Joint problems and pain such as back problems, joint injuries or inflammation, headaches, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatism, sciatica.
- Sudden acute disorders such as the common cold, food poisoning, stomach upsets, influenza, mumps. Skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, urticaria.
- Urinary and reproductive problems such as cystitis, incontinence, infertility, kidney stones, prostate conditions.
Angela Hicks has long been affiliated with the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, U.K. The above information is adapted from her Chinese Medicine and Principles of Acupuncture. For an introduction to acupuncture and Chinese medicine read: Between Heaven and Earth by Beinfield and Korngold and Acupuncture: How it works, How it cures by Firebrace and Hill.
Frances uses moxa as an adjunct in some acupuncture treatments. This involves the burning of mugwort (moxa), an herbal agent that is used to warm acupuncture points and broader areas of the body. It is applied either over a protective layer or applied indirectly. In either case, the skin is protected from blistering. From Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion: “Due to mugwort leaf’s warming nature, it is able to rouse and support qi and yang. Also, because of its acrid and strong qi and aroma, it is able to pass through all the channels and regulate qi and blood. The acrid aroma/flavor [scatters] cold. The bitter flavor [dries] dampness. Therefore, it is used as the fuel for applying moxibustion… It expels and scatters wind evils and perfuses the blood vessels.” The use of moxibustion along with needling of acupuncture points will strengthen treatment benefits, particularly in cold, damp weather.
Lesser Known Benefits of Acupuncture
In a study in six clinics in five states, researcher Claire Cassidey, Ph.D., documents the above positive results of acupuncture in “Health Vision 2000,” Meridians, Vol. 3, No. 2, Tai Sophia Institute.
Read “The Dynamic Evolution of Pulse Diagnosis” By Feng Ye and Eric Brand.
Education and Training of An Acupuncturist
Your acupuncturist Frances was trained in a 3-4 year school and has a master’s degree in acupuncture. Continuing education in the art is also required to maintain certification and licensure. Specifics of your acupuncturist’s education are:
- Chinese traditional medical theory including diagnostics, physiology, and pathophysiology. Chinese diagnostics include the practice of reading pulses and tongues.
- Acupuncture, including meridian pathways, point locations and functions, needling techniques, and treatment strategies.
- Herbology, including single herb characteristics, the building of an herbal formula and modifications of same, and herb-drug interactions (herbology study is mainly post-graduate).
- Auxiliary treatment methods, such as moxibustion, nutrition, some manual therapies, and may include tai chi and qigong.
- Biomedicine: anatomy and physiology, biophysics, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and clinical sciences.
- Diagnosis and treatment of disease, including a working knowledge of western specialization, e.g., gynecology.
In most states, the sole professional license available for a practitioner of Asian medicine is that of licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.). An L.Ac. has over 1000 hours in acupuncture clinical training, in addition to their undergraduate degree which requires substantial science credits. In contrast, medical acupuncture is a form of acupuncture created for MD’s, DO’s, and DC’s who wish to use acupuncture-based techniques without reference to the context of traditional Asian medicine. State acupuncture licensing requirements for MD’s are very lenient, requiring 200-300 hours of training. For chiropractors and physical therapists, the training requirement will be least of all.
Acupuncturists are certified by the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. In almost all states, the NCCAOM certification is a basic licensing credential in addition to graduation from an accredited school of acupuncture. NCCAOM was established in 1982 and is charged with “establishing, assessing, and promoting standards of competence and safety in acupuncture and Oriental medicine for the protection and benefit of the public.”
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