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Who will be my Acupuncturist, and what are his qualifications? 
Jampa Mackenzie Stewart is a respected clinical acupuncturist, teacher and author. He received his clinical training in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, NM, and holds a Masters of Science degree in Oriental Medicine.  In 1994 he entered clinical practice and received his license as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine from the New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and his national board certification in acupuncture from the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). In 1997, he was invited to teach at the prestigious Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin, TX, where he was licensed by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners.

As an educator, he has served on the teaching faculties of Southwest Acupuncture College and the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin, where he was also Dean of Clinical Studies.  He has served as a board member of the Texas Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  Jampa practices both Chinese and Japanese acupuncture, as well as several rare forms of Taoist acupuncture. He is also certified in Chi Nei Tsang (Taoist Internal Organ Rejuvenation), and Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy.

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What is Acupuncture? 
Acupuncture is one of the oldest time-tested forms of medical treatment in the world. It has been a major part of primary healthcare in China for the last 5,000 years. Acupuncture is used for a variety of medical needs, ranging from the prevention and treatment of disease to pain relief and anesthetizing patients for surgery or dentistry.

As in many oriental medicine practices, one emphasis of acupuncture is on prevention, and on treating problems before they reach serious stages. In traditional Chinese medicine, the highest form of acupuncture treatment was given to enable people to live long and healthy lives.

Acupuncture literally means needle piercing, the practice of inserting very fine needles into the skin to stimulate specific anatomic points in the body (called acupoints) for therapeutic purposes.

Practitioners may also use heat, pressure, friction, suction, or electrical impulses to stimulate the points. The acupoints are stimulated to balance the movement of energy (qi) in the body to restore health.

There are different styles of acupuncture practiced throughout China today. Although acupuncture began in China, Korea, Tibet and Japan each have developed their own unique styles and approaches to acupuncture.

How can Acupuncture help me?
Acupuncture is best known for the control of pain. However, acupuncture can treat a wide variety of common and uncommon health problems.

The following is a list of just some disorders that can be treated by acupuncture (from World Health Organization):

• Acute Sinusitis
• Acute rhinitis
• Common cold
• Acute tonsillitis
• Acute bronchitis
• Bronchial asthma

• Acute conjunctivitis (pinkeye)
• Nearsightedness (in children)
• Cataract (without complications)

• Toothache, pre & post extraction pain
• Gingivitis (gum disease)
• Acute and chronic pharyngitis

Gastrointestinal Disorders
• Hiccups
• Gastritis
• Gastric Hyperacidity
• Ulcers
• Colitis
• Constipation
• Diarrhea
• Paralytic ileus

Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders
• Headache and migraine
• Trigeminal neuralgia
• Paralysis following stroke
• Meniere's disease
• Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
• Nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting)
• Intercostal neuralgia (pain in the ribs)
• Cervicobrachial syndrome (pain radiating from neck to arm)
• Frozen shoulder or Tennis elbow
• Sciatica
• Low back pain
• Osteoarthritis

In the United States, acupuncture is used frequently for the treatment of chronic pain conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, headache, athletic injuries, and post-traumatic and post-surgical pain. It is also used for treating chronic pain associated with immune function dysfunction such as psoriasis (skin disorders), fibromyalgia, allergies, and asthma.

Acupuncture is also found to be effective for the treatment of mind-body disorders such as anxiety, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, hypertension, insomnia, PMS, menopausal symptoms, and depression. Modern applications of acupuncture include the treatment of alcoholism, addiction, smoking, and eating disorders.

Does Acupuncture hurt?
It's natural to not want to have one's protective skin barrier pierced by needles of any kind.  Surprisingly, most people who receive acupuncture feel little or no pain with treatment.  Acupuncture needles are usually hair thin, extremely narrow gauge steel, silver or gold.  Most people feel no pain at all.  Others may experience a brief sensation like a mosquito bite, which goes away almost immediately.  

Occasionally patients may experience a dull ache, an electrical sensation, or faintness when treatment begins, but these sensations usually disappear quickly.  For some conditions, a more rigorous treatment may be required, and the sensations tends to be stronger in these cases.

Acupuncture treatment stimulates endorphins, the body's natural pain killers that are similar to opiates but perfectly safe and natural, and many patients experience a profound sense of relaxation and well being during and after treatment.

How much do Acupuncture treatments cost? 
Our standard new patient fee is $135. This includes your initial consultation, examination, diagnosis, and acupuncture treatment.  Your initial visit usually takes from one to one and a half hours.  If the problem is more extensive, if there are multiple health issues, if more than one treatment modality is required, or if dietary and Chinese physical therapy exercise counseling are needed, the fees may be slightly higher. 

Follow-up visits are $85, and include examination, updated history, acupuncture treatment, and Chinese patent medicine prescriptions where needed.

Other available services and procedures are billed at an additional rate of $100 per hour, and are pro-rated to the actual time required.  These services include:
• Customized Chinese herbal prescriptions (other than patent medicines)
• Medical Qigong therapy
• Chi Nei Tsang
• Tui-Na Chinese therapeutic massage
• Moxibustion and heat therapy
• Dietary and nutritional counseling
• Therapeutic exercise prescriptions
• Stress management and relaxation training

These discount rates apply for payment at the time of service.  You can lower your costs further if you pre-pay for a series of treatments in advance. Pre-payment through our Healthcare Made Affordable (HMA) Plan reduces our bookkeeping and the amount of check-in and departure time, and we pass this savings onto you. Please ask about this option during your first visit.

Payment other than at the time of service (requires pre-approval) or third party insurance billing increase our administrative costs, and rates are higher. 

How many Acupuncture treatments will I need? 
Anywhere from one to 30 or more.  Many problems can be successfully treated in only one or two sessions.  Other disorders require a longer series of treatments.  A standard course of care for many conditions is ten treatments at a recommended frequency of 1-3 treatments per week.

The number of treatments you will need varies according to several different things:
• the nature of the problem
• how long you have had the problem
• your age and overall health and constitution
• your lifestyle (exercise, diet, sleep, stress, etc.)
• frequency of treatments

Will my health insurance plan cover Acupuncture? 
More and more insurance plans are covering acupuncture treatments. Co-payments, deductibles, and annual treatment maximums may apply.  If you have a flex-pay plan, you can almost always use those monies for acupuncture care.  We will be happy to inquire with your insurance company in advance to determine if your plan covers acupuncture. 


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Chinese herbal medicine is one of the world's oldest recorded traditions of herbal medicine. Although indigenous people in all cultures worldwide have used herbal medicines continuously for thousands of years, the Chinese have Materia Medica texts listing individual herbs and combined herbal prescriptions for a wide range of disorders dating back thousands of years. Many of these prescriptions are in wide use today.

Will my health insurance plan cover Chinese Herbal Medicine? 
If you have a flex-pay plan, you can almost always use those monies to cover the costs of your Chinese herbals medicine prescriptions.  Unlike Western medicines, Chinese herbal medicines are relatively inexpensive; weekly costs of herbal prescriptions may be as little as $5, and is rarely more than $25.

How quickly will I see results with Chinese Herbal Medicine? 
This depends on the condition you are treating. Sometimes patients see results within an hour or two. Other conditions respond more slowly. It is a common misconception about Chinese herbal medicine that herbs are always slow to offer results.

Don't Chinese herbs smell and taste awful? 
Sometimes they do, especially if you are cooking up a prescription with raw herbs on the stovetop. However, the smell and taste vary depending on which herbs are used. Some prescriptions contain such herbs as ginger, cinnamon, and licorice root, and actually have a pleasant smell and taste.

What forms do my herbs come in? 
We accommodate your wishes to assure the optimal compliance and effectiveness of your Chinese herbal therapy. Chinese herbs may come as:
• Custom herbal prescriptions from fresh and dried materials
• Custom herbal prescriptions from powdered herbs (no cooking required)
• Tablets
• Capsules
• Liquid extracts
• Liniments for external use
• Patches and plasters for external use


What is Medical Qigong therapy? 
Medical Qigong therapy is one of the oldest branches of Chinese Medicine, predating acupuncture by thousands of years. Qi refers to the life force energy that flows through the acupuncture channels, while Gong means skill acquired through practice. Thus, Medical Qigong refers to a wide series of therapeutic exercises, breathing methods, and healing mental imagery that guide and direct the Qi for health and balance.

Medical Qigong can be divided into three categories:
• physical therapy exercises for building Qi and healing specific disorders
• relaxation methods for guiding the Qi within, and for stress management
• external Qi healing (Wai Qi Liao Zhi Fa) for emitting Qi to heal others

Today there are hundreds of Medical Qigong hospitals and clinics throughout China, treating such problems as breast and ovarian tumors and cysts, paraplegia and hemiplegia, muscular atrophy, stress and insomnia, immune deficiency disorders, migraine headaches, certain types of cancer and pain.

Why would I choose Medical Qigong Therapy as my treatment method? 
There are several reasons for choosing Medical Qigong therapy as your treatment method.

First, Medical Qigong therapy is non-invasive as compared to acupuncture; some sessions don't even require physical contact! For adults and children who don't like acupuncture, Medical Qigong therapy offers them an alternative choice of Chinese medical treatment.

Second, in most Medical Qigong treatment sessions, the patient is given a customized Qigong exercise prescription for home practice. In many cases, patients can speed their recovery through personalized Qigong "physical therapy" practice; often this is absolutelycritical to healing. Many diseases and health problems today are caused by lack of exercise. Qigong offers a safe and effective exercise practice that requires no equipment or fitness center membership. For example,

Qigong relaxation techniques give patients a new and powerful way of dealing with their stress, a method that is free from side effects and costs nothing other than the initial cost of training.

Thirdly, some conditions that don't respond to Western medicine, acupuncture or herbal therapy can be treated most effectively through Medical Qigong therapy, making it the modality of first choice.

How much does Medical Qigong Therapy cost? 
You can expect to pay $100 per hour of treatment. Typically treatment sessions last between 1 to 1.5 hours, and include intake and patient progress update, treatment and training in personalized Qigong exercise prescriptions especially for you, your unique constitution and your goals for treatment.


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What is Chi Nei Tsang?
Chi Nei Tsang is a Taoist healing technique that detoxifies, regenerates and balances each one of your body’s vital functions. It is a system of healing that focuses on the internal organs, as well as the circulation, lymphatic system, digestive, eliminative, nerve centers of the body, tendon muscle system and the acupuncture meridians (Chi system). These systems concentrate and cross paths in the abdomen, which acts as their control center.

Chi Nei Tsang uses energetic techniques and manipulations to untangle knots and release obstructions. This system of health rejuvenation and maintenance is so complete that it also includes working on balancing the mind, the emotions and the essential energy of Chi (Qi). It can complement and enhance almost all other healing techniques.

Chi Nei Tsang will help you enhance your vitality and overall health from the inside out. Chi Nei Tsang was brought to America by Master Mantak Chia.

Jampa Stewart is both a Certified Practitioner and Certified Instructor in Chi Nei Tsang.

How much does a Chi Nei Tsang session cost? 
You can expect to pay $100 per hour of treatment. Typically treatment sessions last between 1 to 2 hours, and include intake and patient progress update, treatment and training in personalized Qigong exercise prescriptions especially for you, your unique constitution and your goals for treatment. Your first treatment session will be about an hour and a half, and is discounted to $135.


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What is Tui Na?
Tui Na is traditional Chinese clinical bodywork. It is a 2,000-year-old Chinese manipulative therapy that uses a hands-on approach to access acupuncture and acupressure points. Tui Na stimulates the movement of energy (Qi) in both the meridians and muscles. It is an excellent modality to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal and joint conditions, as well as certain internal disorders.

Tui Na was often classified as an "external" treatment in ancient China. This less invasive modality has proven through the years to be especially effective for the elderly, infants, and gravely ill patients, but is certainly not limited to these types. Tui Na is an excellent massage therapy for physical trauma, and rehabilitation, sports injuries and chronic pain, as well as disorders of the digestive, respiratory and reproductive system.


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What is Chinese Nutrition?
There is an ancient saying in China: "Your food is your medicine; your medicine is your food."

Nutrition plays a vital role in your health and well-being. Chinese nutrition is based on a deep understanding of the energetic properties of foods, and on the effects and correlations of foods with the internal organs and other body systems.

As a part of your health plan, you can receive a personalized dietary and nutritional plan based on traditional Chinese medical principles of healthy eating habits and needs.

How does Chinese Nutrition differ from Western views on nutrition?
While there are similarities between Chinese and Western nutrition, there are also some major differences. Chinese nutrition is customized according to your individualized Chinese medical diagnosis and personal assessment. Food is often used as a primary therapy based on its energetic medicinal properties rather than on its vitamin and mineral content or its ratios of protein, carbohydrates and fats.

Will I have to eat Chinese food to follow my nutritional plan?
No. Your nutritional plan gives you a wide range of foods to choose from, and you can include many varieties of vegetables, grains, fruit, fish, poutry and meats of your liking.


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What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement. This art uses the same principles that are used in Chinese medicine to create a sense of balance, harmony, health and prosperity within one's home or business. Feng Shui includes aspects of architecture, site planning, landscaping and interior design.

Originally Feng Shui was used for locating auspicious sites for tombs. Today Feng Shui is applied worldwide by major corporations such as Motorola, Citibank, Chase Asia, the Morgan Bank, Rothschild's, and the Wall Street Journal, as well as small businesses and home owners who wish to enhance their lives by creating an environment that works for them rather than against them.

In Chinese, the word "feng" means "wind" while the word "shui" means water. When choosing a site for a home or business, Feng Shui aims to create a harmonious and nourishing relationship between our place and the surrounding environment, sheltered from the winds and with available water and light.

Feng Shui, like acupuncture and Qigong, interprets the flow of Qi or life energy within the field of our natural environment. Its aim is to attract beneficial energy to our land, home or business and to keep harmful or unhealthy energy away. Once this positive has been brought in, we need to be able to hold it so that it does not flow away too quickly. Next the energy needs to be balanced, harmonized and circulated so that it does not become stagnant. In this way we are able to create tranquil yet vital surroundings to nourish health, happiness, peace, success and longevity.

Balance in Feng Shui means that there is neither too much nor too little of a given element. For example, natural sunlight shining brightly into our home can give us a sense of warmth, vitality, wakefulness and cheerfulness. However, too much sunlight may be overstimulating, cause colors to fade, kill our plants and create glare and excess heat. By contrast, too little sunlight can create a dark, cold and gloomy environment, making us feel lethargic and depressed.

Harmony is one of China's most cherished principles. It means arranging the various components of one's space so that they enhance each other synergistically rather than creating discord.

How does a Feng Shui consultation work?
While some Feng Shui consultants work only from their offices with blueprints, most Feng Shui consultants will come to your home or business for a personal inspection. Most will request a blue print and property map before coming, as well as other information such as birth dates of people living or working on site, home history if known, as well as specific problems and concerns you may have and personal goals to be addressed through Feng Shui.

After the site visit and assessment, your Feng Shui consultant will give you specific recommendations for modifying or adjusting your site to achieve your goals and optimize your site. These may include changing paint colors, moving furniture, adding mirrors or other objects, or changes in landscaping.

Of course it is easiest to make changes when you are first considering buying a house or building site, before building, or before moving in. However, many adjustments are easily made and inexpensive even after you have moved in.

How much does a Feng Shui consultation cost?
Consultations are about $450 for the average residential home, and takes about 3 hours to complete. Our fees are $150 per hour. Small apartments can be assessed in about an hour, whereas larger homes with greater square footage, more rooms,and greater acreage take longer.

Business consultations vary greatly depending on the size and number of buildings, number of rooms, and number of employees.

We can usually give you a free estimate over the phone. Call us at 1-800-432-8526 today for a no obligation estimate on a Feng Shui consultation for your home or business.


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Private individualized lessons and one-on-one courses of study with Jampa Mackenzie Stewart are available for:
• Tai Chi
• Qigong
• Meditation
• Taoist Secrets of Love
• Chi Nei Tsang

The fee for private study is $100 per hour. You may share this time with up to two other people.

Call us today at 512-291-8363 and schedule your personalized private lesson (available from 1/2 hour to 4 hour time slots).


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