Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.–Lao Tzu

Your Appointment

The following is a description of the modalities which may be used in your accupuncture session. Your practitioner will determine which modalities are most appropriate for you and there is no extra charge for any service with the exception of herbal formulas.


The over-2,000-year-old practice (some say up to 5,000 years old!) of tapping needles into people’s bodies in order to cure their ailments is growing in the West at an unprecedented rate. Though modern studies are just beginning in the field of scientific research, they are confirming what the people of Eastern Asia have known to be true for thousands of years: That acupuncture is effective for treating a vast range of conditions, from physical pain to emotional pain, from women’s health to athletic injury.

The needles we use today are sterile, one-time use, and much, much thinner than you will find at your M.D.’s office. Many people report not even feeling them go in, and some say it feels like a mosquito bite–but without the incessant itching afterward.

If the thought of needles makes you queasy, non-insertive techniques and modalities are available, or try and herbs only consultation. Just ask!

Herbal Medicine

The ancient Chinese materia medica contains well over 350 herbs and is one of the oldest systems of internal medicine in the world. Over the past several thousand years, scholars have formulated elegant prescriptions to treat conditions ranging from the common cold to paralysis, from anxiety and insomnia to manic depression.

Prescription of these formulas in PA is licensed only to educated practitioners who have passed the national board exam, which covered over 300 herbs, formulas, modifications, dosing, pharmacological interactions, and other safety considerations. Not all acupuncturists prescribe herbs, but as someone who worked for a master herbalist before enrolling in acupuncture school, Laura is a strong believer in the powerful capabilities of this branch of East Asian Medicine. Both she and Tyler practice the prescription of herbs with reverence and care.

Golden Flower Herbs


Cupping uses suction to relax muscles and improve circulation. It is often done on athletes to improve performance and leaves those funny (temporary) circular red marks.

Cups used for cupping therapy


Burning mugwort very close to the skin to stimulate circulation and penetrate its healing properties deeply into the body. You can think of this ancient practice as the "original infrared."

Lighting moxi stick


Guasha means essentially "scraping and expelling unnecessary energy," and is a method of working out muscle tension at a deep level.

Performing guasha

What can acupuncture and herbs treat?

Just about anything! This was the primary medicine in East Asia for thousands of years - they figured a lot out. At Bridges, we believe in the power of Integrative Medicine, and although some conditions are best treated alongside modern Western Medicine, whatever conditions you want to discuss will be considered in your treatment plan.

To give you a sense of scope, here's a list of examples of conditions that people see East Asian Medical practitioners to address:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive issues and weight loss
  • Chronic Pain
  • Acute injuries
  • Bell's palsy
  • Facial rejuvenation
  • Allergies
  • Immune support
  • Autoimmune support
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Depression
  • Surgery preparation and recovery
  • Hair loss
  • Infertility
  • Women's health issues
  • Sexual issues
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Stress
  • Chronic Fatigue

Does acupuncture hurt?

Not usually. Sometimes in more sensitive areas, you might feel a quick pinprick, but the sensation dissipates quickly.

More often, people report not feeling the insertion at all - one person even remarked how amazed they were that they fell asleep while the needles were going in!

Does my insurance cover acupuncture?

Some insurance companies will cover acupuncture, yes. However, at Bridges we are no longer accepting insurance as payment for services. It's a game that we played for a while, hoping to be able to better serve the community, but at this point it's just not healthy for the business with all the time and frustration involved.

That said, we are still committed to treating anyone who needs it, regardless of ability to pay. If you are having trouble affording the care you need, talk with us and we'll make use of our unique Pay It Forward program.

Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.
Dao De Jing