Your Place to Rest, Relax, and Heal.
Welcome to our Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Centre. Our holistic-minded approach to patient care values the importance of a deep, and meaningful patient-practitioner relationship.
We can help to address even the most complex conditions of dis-ease, and look forward to helping you live a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Dr.Brendan Zachar D.O.M.
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Conditions That Can Be Treated
Many medical disorders and patterns of disease are effectively treated within an Integrative Medicine model ranging from the common cold to chronic and complex illnesses.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does acupuncture work?
Integrative Medicine is a holistic approach to the practice of medicine that takes into account all factors that influence health in an individual, such as: body, mind, spirit, and community.
- Patient and practitioners are partners in the healing process.
- Natural and non-invasive techniques are used whenever possible.
- Patients are empowered with self-care tools and the ability to use their own inner resources to promote healing.
- A personalized treatment approach is used for each patients unique condition and circumstances.
Chinese Medicine also know as (TCM) Traditional Chinese Medicine, Oriental, or Asian Medicine is a distinct practice of medicine developed over the course of 2,000 years in Asia. Chinese Medicine adheres to a unique science and logic that recognizes the interconnectedness of the body and its organ systems in the maintenance of health and wellbeing.
Practitioners of Chinese Medicine are called Doctors of Oriental Medicine (D.O.M.’s) and are nationally recognized to practice this style of medicine in the United States. Diagnosing a condition in Chinese Medicine is based on visual inspection, often looking at a persons tongue to aid in diagnosis, listening to a patient and asking questions, and palpation of the wrist for an in-depth analysis of their circulatory function.
Treatment is given based on a patients unique constitution and may involve acupuncture, herbs, and dietary therapy to restore balance and health.
Many high quality studies across the globe support the claims of effectiveness of acupuncture and Eastern Medicine practices. Studies reveal that acupuncture specifically has been found particularly effective for pain management. For further information and a more detailed analysis into the latest evidence and research in the acupuncture field, see also: Acupuncture and Mind-Body Scientific Research.
Acupuncture works primarily by increasing circulation and blood flow to specific areas, stimulating our body’s own healing processes. Modern research shows that endorphins, our body’s natural pain-killing and mood enhancing molecules are increased after acupuncture is performed as well as the functioning of our immune system.
Every person, condition, and circumstance is unique and therefore an estimation of how long treatment will take is very difficult to assess without knowing the full health history of an individual.
With that being said many services offered can provide a therapeutic response rather quickly especially when combined together synergistically. For instance acupuncture and massage, or acupuncture and herbal medicines can provide relief faster when utilized together rather than just a stand-alone treatment.
An initial appointment with examination should be conducted to determine an accurate treatment timeframe.
An acupuncture treatment is a very new experience for most people so it is not uncommon to have a few questions of what to expect during a session. The following are a few tips that will help make your first experience a breeze.
Allow yourself to relax
Although the notion of having needles inserted for healing and relaxation is a bit counter-intuitive we promise it really does feel good to receive acupuncture. Rest assured that you will be in a soothing, safe, healing environment and your physician is going to be doing everything possible to make the process comfortable and enjoyable.
Have a bite to eat
Acupuncture is known for moving circulation which can affect your blood sugar level so make sure to eat something, even a little bit, prior to receiving acupuncture treatment. This will help ensure that your blood sugar level stays balanced throughout the visit.
Wear comfortable clothing
Your attire should be something you feel comfortable in and that allows for easy access to different parts of your body. Depending on your individual treatment your acupuncturist may choose to needle areas that may require you to wear loose fitting clothing. In general, athletic clothing seems to work the best although it’s certainly not required for treatment.
Acupuncture is safe
Acupuncture is an extremely safe procedure and rest assured that you will be getting new, sealed & sterilized needles. The sensation of acupuncture is relatively pain free and virtually side-effect free. Remember to take a deep breath and enjoy the treatment. Don’t worry, what you are about to experience is perfectly safe and many find it completely enjoyable.
Many insurance companies will cover services rendered by a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Medically necessary treatment, such as acute and chronic pain syndromes may be reimbursed for acupuncture and/or physical medicine rendered. Additionally, routine office visits in the form of Primary Care may be covered on certain policies.
Please use our online form or call our office to verify your insurance benefits.