Acupuncture and Eastern medicine modalities including fire cupping and moxibustion help to reduce pain, improve digestion, balance hormones, reduce stress and calm the nervous system.

Acupuncture is a safe, natural and powerful way to treat the body and mind. It helps to regulate the nervous system to get the body out of flight, fight or freeze mode. This allows the body to reduce inflammation and get back into a state of healing and balance. 

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What's the Western perspective?

Acupuncture, an ancient therapeutic practice with a growing body of scientific evidence, works by stimulating specific points on the body to elicit physiological responses. Research suggests that acupuncture promotes the release of endogenous opioids, neurotransmitters, and other signaling molecules that regulate pain perception and modulate the central nervous system.

Additionally, acupuncture may influence neuroplasticity, promoting the rewiring of neural circuits and enhancing self-regulatory mechanisms. Through these mechanisms, acupuncture can help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, improve blood circulation, regulate hormone levels, and enhance overall well-being.

Embracing the integration of traditional wisdom and scientific understanding, acupuncture offers a unique and effective approach to health and healing.

"I have been receiving acupuncture from Carrie Senderhauf for the past year. When I began, I was suffering from severe panic attacks. After a few treatments, the panic attacks have gone away and not returned.

I've continued to seek treatment for anxiety, stress, and chronic pain management. All of these issues have improved significantly with the variety of services Carrie provides including acupuncture, Chinese herbs and fire cupping. Carrie is very thorough, modifying treatment based on current symptoms and supplementing her extensive training and education with additional research when necessary. Carrie is very professional, but also extremely caring, ensuring patients are comfortable and know what to expect. I would highly recommend Carrie Senderhauf and Rooted in Tradition."


Those seeking natural and non-invasive treatments:

Acupuncture offers a drug-free approach to health and healing. It focuses on stimulating the body’s self- healing mechanisms and restores balance without relying heavily on medication.

Those with pain or musculoskeletal issues:

Acupuncture is well-known for its effectiveness in managing pain, including chronic pain conditions such as back pain, neck pain, migraines, arthritis and sports injuries. It can help reduce pain, inflammation and improve joint mobility.


Those with stress, anxiety or sleep disorders:

Acupuncture has a calming effect on the nervous system and can be used to stimulate the vagus nerve to promote relaxation and support overall mental and emotional well-being.

Those seeking fertility and reproductive support:

Acupuncture is commonly used in conjunction with assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) to enhance fertility and increase the chances of successful implantation. It can help regulate hormones, improve blood flow to the reproductive organs and reduce stress associated with fertility treatments. Many fertility patients seek out acupuncture before committing to the specialty clinics that offer ART and get pregnant on their own!

Those with digestive problems:

Acupuncture can be beneficial for individuals with digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, bloating and constipation. It can help regulate digestive function, reduce inflammation and promote better absorption of nutrients. 

Those wanting to boost immune function:

Acupuncture is known to enhance the body’s immune response and strengthen overall immune function. It can be helpful for individuals prone to frequent infections, allergies or autoimmune conditions.

Those looking for a complementary therapy:

Acupuncture is a great complement to conventional medical treatments and works in conjunction with other healthcare modalities. It can and should be integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan to address various health concerns.



Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture is usually painless. The needles are incredibly thin and filiform, meaning they are not hollow like hypodermic needles. Occasionally you may feel a sharp sensation on insertion equal to a bug bite but that should subside within seconds. Most people are surprised at how pain free treatments are and how much they are able to relax into their session. 

Are there any side effects from acupuncture?

One of the great things about acupuncture is that there are no real side effects from treatment. Occasionally a patient may bruise, especially if they are on blood thinners, high dose omegas or if they tend to bruise easily in day to day life. 

is acupuncture safe?

Yes, acupuncture is very safe. All needles are pre-packaged, sterile stainless steel and used only one time for safety and hygienic purposes. Here at Rooted in Tradition, we practice clean needle technique to avoid any concern towards the patient's health and safety. 

What should I expect at my first treatment?

On your first visit we will talk through your major health concerns and chief complaints in detail. This will help me to evaluate and design an individualized treatment plan for you and create a time frame for when we can reassess your progress. The initial consultation and treatment usually takes around 75-90 minutes, with each follow up appointment lasting around 55 minutes. 

Please dress comfortably- loose clothing where sleeves and pants can be rolled up to above the elbow and knees is ideal. .

What training is involved to become a Licensed Acupuncturist?

To be a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) & Chinese herbalist you must complete a 4 year -3,200 hour Masters of Science program. Throughout the program you spend hundreds of hours in clinical internship, you get certified by the CCAOM in Clean Needle Technique and must pass all four of the NCCAOM national board exams to get licensed. Much of our education is focused on gross human anatomy with concentration on exact angle, depth and direction a needle should be placed in each of the hundreds of points all over the body. 

Many Western medical practitioners such as physicians, chiropractors and physical therapists are permitted by some state laws to practice "dry needling" after receiving only a fraction of the training needed to become a licensed acupuncturist. I would strongly recommend seeking acupuncture from only licensed acupuncturists. 

"What can I expect to feel?"

Relaxation, reduced pain, improved sleep, increased energy, better mood and digestion. The list of positive side-effects goes on and on. While some people respond very quickly to acupuncture, others with more chronic conditions may take closer to 10 treatments to notice long lasting results. 

Initial consultation 90 min: $165
Follow up 60 min: $90

After struggling to conceive for years, I decided to explore alternative options, and that’s when I discovered Carrie. From the moment I stepped into the treatment room, I felt a sense of calm and hope. She listened attentively to my concerns, created a personalized treatment plan, and provided unwavering support throughout the process.

Finally, after several months of consistent treatments, I received the joyous news of a positive pregnancy test and I firmly believe that acupuncture played a vital role in preparing my body for conception and supporting a healthy pregnancy. I am forever grateful to Carrie and the power of acupuncture in my fertility journey. I now have a happy, healthy boy and will definitely go back when we start trying for baby #2!"

"I can’t thank acupuncture enough for it’s role in my fertility journey. 

BK, fertility patient

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