*This treatment is covered by Extended Health Care Benefits.

Acupuncture is a centuries old healing therapy that has been practiced throughout Asia for thousands of years. It cures/prevents illness by regulating and normalizing a person’s healthy function. Thin needles are inserted into specific points on the energetic pathways, or meridians, to restore the patient’s balance. According to ancient theories, disease is thought to occur when the body’s balance is disrupted.

At First Ave Medical Spa, acupuncture treatments are performed by a registered Acupuncturist Marianna Tchitchkina, R.Ac.

Marianna Tchitchkina, R.Ac.

Marianna Tchitchkina  is a registered Acupuncturist. She has graduated  PCU College of Holistic Medicine and has been practicing holistic medicine since 2011.

Marianna uses a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, cupping, tui-na (massage), and food cure (diet changes) to eliminate stagnation in your body, adjust your energy flow,  and improve your general health.

Marianna can help with:

• Acute or chronic pain •  Fatigue or insomnia  • Digestive disorders  • Menstrual or menopausal issues  • Infertility   • Skin disorders  • Allergies   • Respiratory disorders  • Arthritis  • Migraines  • Weight loss  • Cigarette addiction   • Sciatic pain         • Back pain  •  Sport trauma  • Neurology

Frequently Asked Questions

Although acupuncture is most known for treating pain there are more than 80 conditions that the World Health Organization has recognized acupuncture is an effective treatment for.

It is used to treat a wide spectrum of health issues:

  1.  Neurological – e.g. headaches and migraines, post-operation pain, facial pain, neuralgia, etc.
  2. Musculo-skeletal – e.g. pain in back, neck, shoulders, arthritis, sprains, sports injuries, muscle cramping, etc.
  3. Digestive – e.g. abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, indigestion, gastritis, etc.
  4. Gynecological – e.g. infertility, miscarriages, PMS, cramps, menopause syndrome, obstetrics, etc.
  5. Psychological – e.g. depression, anxiety, panic attack, insomnia, emotional traumas, etc.

One of the strong points of acupuncture is that it can be a wonderful adjunct therapy to anything you are currently doing to treat your condition. With no downtime after treatments or interactions with medications it is a safe therapy to choose.
Benefits of Acupuncture include:

  • Reduces Body Pain
  • Speeds Healing and Recovery
  • Increases Energy
  • Reduces Stress
  • Improves Quality of Sleep
  • Improves Digestion
  • Relieves Muscle Tension
  • Improves Circulation
  • Boosts Immune Function
  • Regulates Blood Pressure

The insertion of the acupuncture needles feels like a mosquito bite; it lasts only a fraction of a second and leaves no mark. Once the needles are in place, the patient generally feels a sense of well-being and relaxation.

One of the most striking aspects of acupuncture is the almost complete absence of adverse effects and complications from its use. Most patients find that the treatments are relaxing and cause minimal discomfort. Acupuncture is a safe technique, provided that practitioners are properly trained and follow appropriate techniques. Trained practitioners of acupuncture use single-use, sterile disposable needles and have been trained regarding precautions and contraindications to acupuncture.

It is important to inform the practitioner of your medical history, medications and if you are pregnant or could possibly be pregnant, as acupuncture treatment may have to be modified or may not be appropriate.

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