What is Acupuncture?

East West Acupuncture Center
1350 Mackey Branch Drive, Suite 114
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Phone: 423-468-3267
Fax: 423-468-3270

Acupuncture is one of the key components of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and originated in Chine more than 2,000 years ago. It is one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques.

The Acupuncture techniques that have been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands and electric stimulation.

What Does it Feel Like?

Acupuncture needles are sterile, metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pains as the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by the treatment while other are relaxed.

What Conditions Are Tested with Acupuncture?

  • Gastrointestinal
  • Urogenital
  • Gynecological
  • Respiratory
  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Depression
  • Dysentery
  • Dysmenorrhea, primary
  • Epigastralgia, acute
  • Facial pain
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, primary
  • Induction of labor
  • Knee pain
  • Leukopenia
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Periarthritis of shoulder
  • Postoperative pain
  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
  • Renal colic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow

What Is the Cost of Acupuncture and Is It Covered by Insurance?

The cost of acupuncture can sometimes vary between practitioners. Currently, the cost at East West Acupuncture Center is $120 for the initial visit and includes the first treatment. Subsequent treatments cost $75 each.
Charges are subject to change.

Dr. Chow
Dr. Sherie Chow, MD, MS, DIPLAC
(NCCAOM) (England)

Dr. Chow earned her MBBS degree from The University of Rangoon Burma and practiced as a civil assistant surgeon. She relocated to England and worked as a physician in the hospitals and clinics for 21 years. She earned a Masters Degree from Samra University in Los Angeles, California in Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been in practice since 1998.