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Chesapeake Traditional Acupuncture is now an In-network provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield!

Most Blue Cross plans have generous acupuncture benefits.  To find out if your policy has acupuncture coverage, you can enter your information in our insurance verification form.  Once your information is entered, we will contact you to discuss the details of your specific plan.

If you have questions about how acupuncture can help you, you can e-mail us at chesapeaketraditionalacu@gmail.com or call/text 443-672-8226 to speak with the practitioner, Brittany Longworth L.Ac..

Chesapeake Traditional Acupuncture is also an In-network provider with Cigna.

Does your liver need a spring tune up?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season is ruled by a particular organ system and spring is connected to the liver. What does this mean? Well, you probably notice changes in the way you feel, both physically and mentally, as the seasons change. I know I tend to feel a bit more contemplative and introspective during the winter months. Once spring hits, I’m ready to recharge and get things done. The liver energy is strong and assertive, the type of energy you need to create plans and then propel them into motion. However, if your liver is a little out of balance, you might notice you are more irritable or on edge than usual. Here are a few signs that your liver is in need of an acupuncture tune-up:

1. You’ve noticed an increase in headaches lately, and these headaches seem to feel worse when you aren’t active. Generally these headaches tend to manifest at the vertex of your head.

2. You might begin to feel constipated or bloated. Your bowel movements might become irregular, alternating between constipation and loose stools. Hard, difficult stools that appear pebbly are also a sign of liver imbalance.

3. Your friends or coworkers are scared of you, because you are cranky, cranky, cranky. When liver energy is out of balance you might feel agitated, irritated and generally out of sorts. Sometimes irritation can expand into outright anger more easily than it would if this energy was flowing smoothly.

4. Ladies, you may notice your PMS symptoms have been worse lately. Bloating, breast tenderness, sensitivity…you can blame all of the above on your liver. If your periods are more painful or clotted, this is also due to a stagnation of liver energy.

5. Your eyes are red, itchy or irritated.

6. Your shoulders, neck or jaw are uncomfortably tight. If the liver energy is out of balance, it can flow upward. This causes everything in your body to rise up: you might grind or clench your teeth, your shoulders will levitate up around your ears, and you might experience symptoms of TMJ.

7. Your allergies are in full force, complete with itchy, red, watery eyes.

If you are suffering from any of these issues, your body is crying out for some acupuncture!

We are stronger together

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This past week I have been dancing with a persistent kidney infection.  I started on one course of antibiotics last Wednesday, but based on the symptoms I was still continuing to experience after four days, my doctor and I decided to try a stronger antibiotic.  I noticed almost immediate relief when starting the new antibiotic and knew that my kidney would be feeling better soon!

I am grateful for modern medicine and the invention of antibiotics.  Without them there is a possibility that I could die from this infection, or be sick for a very long period of time.  I say this because I think there is a false perception that alternative medical practitioners are against modern medicine.  I cannot speak for other practitioners, however I personally am not against modern medicine.  Both western physicians and alternative medicine practitioners have sets of tools that are unique to their tradition that they can use to help their patients heal.

The Western medical system is excellent at fighting infections, however they lack the tools to help nourish the patient back to the state of well being they experienced before the infection.  Often times patients still feel weak after a course of antibiotics or experience side effects such as constipation or diarrhea, even though the infection has been successfully cleared.  This is where plant medicine, nutrition, and acupuncture come in!  The traditions of herbology, nutrition, and acupuncture all have a wide array of tools that are effective at fortifying the immune system, clearing stagnation, and supporting energy levels.

While taking my antibiotics, I have also been taking probiotics and eating fermented foods to replace the good bacteria in my digestive tract that was killed by the antibiotics.  I am also taking herbs that clear the urinary tract of inflammation created by the infection and herbs that strengthen my immune system.  Additionally, I am treating myself with acupuncture daily.  Most importantly, I am resting and listening to my body; if I feel that a certain task is causing a flare up of symptoms or fatigue, I stop and return to it later when I feel stronger.

I have noticed in my own body, that combining western medical treatments with acupuncture, herbology, and nutrition that I have become more resilient to illnesses.  I have noticed that it takes my body less time to heal and that I am back to my daily routine faster!  I have also noticed that my body feels stronger after finishing the course of treatment and I do not relapse back into illness shortly after recovery. For this I am grateful.  I am grateful that I live in a time where I have all of these great treatments to choose from to help keep me strong and well!  I am also grateful that I live in a time where practitioners and physicians from all traditions are willing to communicate and share ideas in order to provide their patients with holistic care. We are stronger together.

The Healing Space

Exciting things are happening at Chesapeake Traditional Acupuncture!  I have been using the cold, snowy weather to decorate my healing space!  I still need to add some artwork and finishing touches, but it is almost ready! What do you think?

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Treatment Room

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Treatment Room

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Consultation Room

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Consultation Room

Services

Acupuncture New Patient – $150

During your first visit we will spend approximately an hour discussing your health history and current concerns, which will be followed by a traditional Chinese Medicine Exam, and first needle treatment.

Acupuncture Follow Up Treatment – $85

Follow up appointments include a discussion of changes since last treatment and needle treatment.

Insurance Coverage 

Chesapeake Traditional Acupuncture accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield and Cigna Insurance.  To check if your policy has acupuncture coverage, you can either call our office at 443-672-8226 or enter your information here and we will contact you.

Lifestyle Audit – $160

There are many different factors that determine the health of an individual.  One factor that is often overlooked is their environment.  Even the healthiest people can have trouble thriving in a home that is filled with chemicals and toxins.  In this two hour session, learn how to eliminate chemicals from your home and create an optimal environment for you and your family to thrive!

How Can Acupuncture Help Me?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest systems of medicine that is still practiced today.  Each year, the popularity of acupuncture grows as people discover the benefits of treatment.  Acupuncture helps to restore the balance of yin and yang in the body by working with “qi”.  In Chinese Medicine qi is known as the life force of the body, or overall energy levels.

When a person’s qi is deficient, stagnant, or blocked in certain areas of the body they experience symptoms such as headaches, stress, constipation, night sweats etc.  In contrast, when a person’s qi is strong and flowing freely, they are resilient to illness and stress and experience minimal symptoms.

Through the insertion of thin needles (thinner than a human hair!) into specific points on the body, acupuncturists are able to encourage the body to restore the flow of qi.  Most patients report feeling some level of relief after the first treatment.  Frequency of treatment is unique to each patient, depending on the severity of symptoms, and will be discussed during the first treatment.

In an analysis of controlled clinical trials, The World Health Organization states that Acupuncture is effective in treating the following symptoms and diseases:

  • low back pain
  • neck pain
  • sciatica
  • tennis elbow
  • knee pain
  • periarthritis of the shoulder
  • sprains
  • facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • headache
  • dental pain
  • tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • induction of labor
  • correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)
  • morning sickness
  • nausea and vomiting
  • postoperative pain
  • stroke
  • essential hypertension
  • primary hypotension
  • renal colic
  • leucopenia
  • adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
  • allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
  • biliary colic
  • depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • acute bacillary dysentery
  • primary dysmenorrhea
  • acute epigastralgia
  • peptic ulcer
  • acute and chronic gastritis