Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one treatment method of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a medical treatment system designed to promote overall health and balance.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the individual is seen as an integrated whole. Every aspect of your health and wellbeing is considered – home life, work life, diet and lifestyle – to understand what is affecting the healthy functioning of the whole person. Disease or dysfunction is seen as a manifestation of being out of balance, not just physically, but in any aspect of life.

How can acupuncture treatments benefit me?

Illustration of Acupuncture points along meridians, also known as "energy pathways".

Acupuncture stimulates meridians (“energy pathways”) within you via specific locations on your body (“points”), to help you achieve healthy functioning. It is often said that acupuncture helps the body heal itself. If you are uncomfortable with needles, we offer acupressure.

What conditions can acupuncture help treat?

This list is by no means exhaustive! Please ask us about any conditions you don’t see listed.

  • Musculoskeletal: Arthritis, back pain, muscle cramping, muscle pain/weakness, neck pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, and sciatica pain
  • Neurological: headaches, neurogenic bladder dysfunction, postoperative pain, and strokes, Bell’s palsy
  • Digestive: Abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, hyper-acidity, bloating, and indigestion
  • Emotional: Anxiety, depression, insomnia, nervousness, easily angered, and neurosis
  • Eye-Ear-Nose-Throat: Eye floaters, post-nasal drip, and tinnitus
  • Gynecological: Infertility, menopausal symptoms, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, cysts, and premenstrual syndrome
  • Respiratory: Asthma, bronchitis, common cold, sinusitis, smoking cessation, and tonsillitis
  • Miscellaneous: Addiction, athletic performance, blood pressure regulation, chronic fatigue, immune system strengthening, support during chemo or radiation therapy, and stress reduction

What does acupuncture feel like?

Everyone thinks “needles” when they hear “acupuncture,” and wonder if it hurts. Most people do not feel anything, or, if they do, it is a “bug bite” sensation. We use sterile, single-use needles that are barely the width of a cat whisker. To achieve a therapeutic effect, needles will be left in for a minimum of 15 minutes, up to 45 minutes, while you lie comfortably on a heated table. If you are uncomfortable with needles, acupressure is an alternative.

Your TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Licensed acupuncturists use the entire framework of TCM to understand your symptoms and to decide which other forms of treatment, such as herbal medicine or cupping, to use in addition to acupuncture. Your acupuncturist’s holistic approach produces what is known as your TCM Diagnostic Pattern, which represents the total picture of your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. The TCM Diagnostic Pattern guides the treatment you receive, including where the needles are placed. This is why people with the same Western medicine diagnosis receive different TCM treatments.

We use pulse diagnosis to give us insight into your pattern, and how you are presenting on each day we see you for an acupuncture treatment. We look at the depth, rate, and quality of the pulse on both hands. Each side and finger position represents a different organ system. If we ask you a question like, “Are you having vivid dreams?” it is because we are feeling something in your pulse suggesting that symptom. This does not make us mind readers! Please be completely honest with us about the symptoms that you are experiencing. We’ll also ask to see your tongue because it gives us more information about your pattern.

A la Carte Acupuncture Services

Each service takes only 30 minutes or less. Appointment required.

  • Ear seeding. Ear seeds are a form of acupressure – no needles are used. Small black seeds from the Vaccaria plant are secured over specific acupuncture points on the outer ear with a piece of adhesive tape. A brief intake is done to decide where to place the seeds, which stimulate the selected points by exerting mild pressure. They may be kept in place until they release themselves, or whenever you’re done.
  • Cupping is used primarily to release the fascia (the tough layer of tissue surrounding muscle groups), and also to alleviate “stasis” deep within the muscle tissues, thus helping to relieve pain and promote healthier circulation within the tissues. Read more about cupping here.
  • LifeWave Phototherapy Coaching and Patches. Session can be in person or via telemedicine. Receive an initial evaluation and recommendation of patches and protocols, plus instructions on how to apply them yourself at home. Pick up patches in person or have them sent to you. See more about LifeWave Phototherapy Patches here.

For New and Returning Clients

Initial appointments are 90 minutes long; follow-up appointments are 60 minutes.

New Clients

We require new acupuncture clients to schedule a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation before their first appointment. This gives you the opportunity to discuss your health concerns and learn how your practitioner will work with you to resolve them.

Returning Clients

Returning clients may request an appointment online or by contacting our office at (312) 796-3965.

Information for Clients

  • Visit our Client Page for information on office policies and procedures

Acupuncture Services & Pricing

  • New Patient Acupuncture (90 minutes), $250
  • Follow-up Acupuncture (60 minutes), $105
  • Follow-up Acupuncture + Energy Medicine* Combo (60 minutes), $175
  • Ear Seeding (10 minutes), $20
  • Cupping (30 minutes), $50
  • LifeWave Coaching (30 minutes), $20 (does not include cost of patches)

* Energy Medicine = Either Reiki or Access Consciousness Bars

Meet Your CCHW Practitioner

Teri Calandra, Dipl.Acu, MSTOM, L.Ac., LMT, RMT Teri Calandra MSTOM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®, LAc, LMT, RMT Locatios: Northwest Suburbs Teri Calandra is the founder and owner of Calandra Center for Health & Wellness. She is licensed by the state of Illinois in acupuncture (L.Ac.), and is board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, and herbology. Continue reading →

Let the healing begin!

The massage tables are heated to make for the most calming treatments possible. Allow yourself to relax and drift away while the treatment does its work. We pride ourselves in offering a safe and clean space in which to heal and grow.

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