Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Practiced for centuries, acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine based on the theory that energy, called chi, flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians. Illness occurs when something blocks or unbalances your chi. Acupuncture is a way to unblock or influence chi to help it flow back into balance. Acupuncture is done by putting very thin needles into the skin at certain points on the body.
Acupuncture has been found to be effective for pain management, depression, perinatal conditions, hypertension, diabetes, digestive disorders, respiratory disorders, neurological disorders and myriad health conditions. Learn more about evidence-based acupuncture by reading the WHO Position Paper on Acupuncture and the NIH Consensus Statement on Acupuncture.
Private Acupuncture @ The Well
As a private patient, your first acupuncture visit to The Well will last about 90 minutes, and includes a thorough health history, individualized assessment, and appropriate acupuncture treatments. Follow-up sessions last about 45-60 minutes.
In addition to acupuncture, we offer cupping, gua sha, moxabustion, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary therapy, and wellness coaching. These services are provided on an as-needed, as-requested basis.
Find out here whether your insurance plan covers acupuncture. We accept insurance and will gladly verify your benefits and bill insurance for you.
Community Acupuncture @ The Well ~ TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED
Community acupuncture sessions are conducted in The Well's community space, where up to five patients at a time receive acupuncture treatment. After conducting a brief intake, each patient is seated in a zero gravity chair to receive acupuncture, then rests quietly for about 45 minutes. Payment is donation-based (suggested $20-$50), with a one-time administrative fee of $15. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Spanish-language interpreting available with advance notice.
About the Acupuncturist
Seth Shamon is The Well's resident acupuncturist -- read more about him on our "Meet Our Healers" page. Seth sees private acupuncture patients on Tuesdays 8:00AM-1:00PM and Wednesdays 1:00PM-8:00PM. Seth conducts Community Acupuncture @ The Well on Thursdays 3:00PM-9:00PM.
You may schedule your acupuncture appointment on-line or by calling (202) 436-1279.