“And the speck of my heart, in my shed of flesh and bone, began to sing out, the way the sun would sing, if the sun could sing, if light had a mouth and a tongue, if the sky had a throat, if god wasn’t just an idea, but shoulders and a spine, gathered from everywhere, even the most distant planets, blazing up.”
- What Is East Asian Medicine?
- Who Comes To EAM?
- What Is The Fee Per EAM Treatment? What Is The Office Cancellation Policy?
- Is EAM Covered By Insurance?
- What Education And Clinical Training Is Required To Be An East Asian Medical Practitioner? How Does This Compare With Other Practitioners Who Use Treatment Methods, Such As Acupuncture, That Originate In EAM Tradition?
What Is East Asian Medicine?
East Asian Medicine (EAM) is the longest enduring, continuously evolving, literate medicine on the planet. Its methods of treatment, including acupuncture and herbal medicine as well as auxiliary methods such as tui na, moxibustion, gua sha, eastern nutrition, and cupping, have been refined over thousands of years and applied to the successful healing of – quite literally – billions of patients. If there is ever a medicine that has been well-tested, EAM is it!
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into precise points in the body in order to stimulate and re-direct the body’s healing resources. All needles in our office are sterile, single-use and approved by the FDA as medical devices. Initial sensation of insertion is often noted by patients to be like a mosquito bite, whereas sensations during treatment may range from heaviness or a dull ache to tingling or warm movement. While patients usually experience deep relaxation, lively “conversations” may happen across the meridians of the body as needles “tune” the electrical and energetic network.
Herbal Medicine involves the decoction of carefully combined and dosed substances of plant, animal and mineral sources. It provides a daily, substantive means of deepening and sustaining acupuncture treatment and may also be applied as a stand-alone treatment. At Inner Architecture, each and every herbal prescription is customized for you, as an individual and unique patient. Modern EAM practitioners are extensively trained in the application and modification of the traditional pharmacopeia as well as knowledgeable about how to apply this aspect of the medicine when a patient is taking pharmaceutical drugs concurrently. Our office houses an extensive formulary that sources and compounds herbal medicinals of exceptionally high quality. Learn more by visiting Inner Ecology’s website.
Eastern Nutrition + Auxiliary Methods of treatment in East Asian Medicine are wide-ranging. You will never arrive at our office, share your health concerns and your goals, and then leave with only a written prescription. Whether we review your dietary log and discuss how principles of Eastern Nutrition may assist you in lowering inflammation in your body or we burn the dried, consolidated leaves of the Artemisia plant over you in order to promote your fertility; whether we apply therapeutic suction via glass cups to your upper back to relieve a recent assault on your immune system or rhythmically rub your six-month-old’s thumb and abdomen in order to relieve her indigestion, you or your loved one will walk away from our office feeling on the path to better health.
Who Comes To EAM?
East Asian Medicine is a complete internal medical system, involving appropriate primary and preventative care from the prenatal period through the final breath. Patients arrive craving a deeper sense of vitality – be it because of their recent case of the sniffles or excessive menstrual flow, their recurrent skin outbreaks or uncomfortable weight gain, because of their pounding headaches or heavy heart, their achy bones or complications of a metastasizing cancer, because of their chronic constipation or unrelenting nausea, their balding head or their lack of concentration. If you’re uncertain as to whether EAM may be appropriate for you, glimpse through the WHO’s list of conditions known to be effectively treatable by acupuncture or simply be in touch directly with your questions.
What Is The Fee Per EAM Treatment? What Is The Office Cancellation Policy?
The fee for an initial treatment for patients of all ages is $300; please budget 90 and 120 minutes for your appointment. Fees for subsequent adult treatments are $100 each, and typically last 60 minutes. Fees for subsequent treatments for infants and children under twelve years of age are $150. All treatment fees are to be paid at the time of treatment. Cost of herbal medicinals from our on-site formulary Inner Ecology™ are additional and will vary, since all formulations are fully customized.
Please note that there is a 48-hour cancellation fee; plan to pay in-full (100%) for any sessions missed or cancelled within forty-eight hours of the scheduled time. Gift certificates can be made available upon request and are a great way to introduce a loved one, colleague, or friend to the benefits of EAM for them.
Is EAM Covered By Insurance?
Acupuncture is frequently covered by insurance plans in Illinois. Call your insurance provider to inquire more directly whether your plan provides you coverage. Fees for acupuncture treatment may be deducted from HSAs or FSAs. Receipts for the purposes of your submission are happily provided upon request. Unfortunately insurance plans do not currently cover the cost of herbal consultation or East Asian medicinals themselves.
What Education And Clinical Training Is Required To Be An East Asian Medical Practitioner? How Does This Compare With Other Practitioners Who Use Treatment Methods, Such As Acupuncture, That Originate In EAM Tradition?
The initial medical program in East Asian Medicine includes rigorous four-year, full-time, year-round learning that encompasses:
- East Asian Medical Theory, including diagnostics, physiology and pathophysiology
- Acupuncture, including meridian pathways, point locations and functions, needling and point stimulation, and treatment strategy
- Herbology, including single herb characteristics, indications and contraindications as well as complex poly-pharmacy
- Auxiliary Treatment Methods, including Western and Eastern nutrition; energetic medicines such Tai Chi and Chi Gong; Tui Na manual and physical therapies; Moxibustion; Cupping; Gua Sha and more
- Biomedicine, including Anatomy, Physiology, Biophysics, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Clinical Sciences
- Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease, including specialized training in Gynecology, Oncology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Dermatology, Infectious Disease, Opthamology, Urology, Autoimmunity and Rheumatology
In the state of Illinois the sole professional license available for an EAM practitioner is that of Licensed Acupuncturist. An LAc in the state of Illinois has completed over 1000 hours of acupuncture clinical training, in addition to the aforementioned years of academic education. By contrast, medical acupuncture is a form of acupuncture created for Western practitioners such as MDs, DCs and DOs who wish to use acupuncture-based techniques without reference to the time-tested context of EAM diagnostics and treatment strategy. State acupuncture licensing requirements for these practitioners are very lenient, and often require only 200 to 300 hours of training.
In the state of Illinois a professional license is unfortunately not required for the practice of herbology. NCCAOM certification in Chinese Herbology is currently the highest standard to ensure that a practitioner has the necessary skill to prescribe these medicinals safely and effectively. The years of rigorous training required of a NCCAOM-certified herbologist again stand in stark contrast to that of other healthcare practitioners and lay persons such as DCs, RNs, or even MDs who are currently allowed to recommend herbal treatment within the state.
In addition to graduating from an accredited program, a NCCAOM Diplomate must demonstrate competency by passing certification exams in the Foundations of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, and Biomedicine. The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCAOM) was established in 1982 as a nonprofit with the aim of “establishing, assessing, and promoting recognized standards of competence and safety in acupuncture and Oriental medicine for the protection and benefit of the public.”