The following Chinese Medicine Services are included in Holistic Acupuncture treatments as needed:
- Gua Sha
- Qi Gong
"We practice a unique, powerful, and pain-less style of acupuncture that uses fewer needles with more accuracy and potency. We typically prescribe a series of 12 treatments which can be done weekly or bi-weekly (if you are in sever pain or want quicker results). After this initial series, many patients feel complete and satisfied with their results and may simply come in a few times a year for maintenance treatments." - Lance Isakov, M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist
Rooted in Five Element Acupuncture, Holistic Acupuncture pulls on influences from a variety of styles and healing modalities. Holistic Acupuncture is specifically designed to treat patients, as a whole, at the root cause of pain and upset. The goal is not only to experience long term relief but to truly thrive in mind, body, & spirit.
Licensed Acupuncturists at Village Wellness
- Lance Isakov, M.Ac., L.Ac. Dipl.Ac., CYT
Specialties: Pediatric Acupuncture, Mental, Emotional, & Spiritual Upsets, Lyme Disease, Allergies (NAET)
- Damini Celebre , M.Ac., L.OM, Dipl. Ac.
Note: Damini is currently on Sabbatical Leave
- Gabrielle Geib, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Specialties: Musculoskeletal Pain
- Alicia Shulman, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Specialties: Fertility & Women's Health
- Megan Conover, M.Ac., L.Ac.,
Specialties: Cosmetic Acupuncture, Weight Loss Acupuncture
- Karin Tetlow, M.Ac., R.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Specialties: Five Element Acupuncture
Tea-Time Chat: A 30 minute complimentary and informal consultation with Lance. Ask your questions and see if Lance is the right practitioner for you.
New Patient Holistic Acupuncture Session
$160 or $135 as a member
a 1.5 hour appointment for required for all new patients. This session includes Intake and Diagnostics along with a treatment. Your first session can last up to 1.5 hours, during which time you have the opportunity to speak at length about your health concerns, questions and goals. We will talk about your medical and social history and perform a physical exam, and in most cases, an acupuncture treatment. This exam includes an in-depth pulse and tongue diagnosis to evaluate the balance of energy in your body and provides me with information necessary to treat you safely and appropriately. The exam is different from a physical done by a doctor. Once this session is complete I will create an individualized long term treatment plan for you, based on my findings and your goals. All visits are strictly confidential.
1 hour Holistic Acupuncture Session
$105 or $90 as a member
The subsequent visits will involve the insertion of acupuncture needles often accompanied with the use of an herb called moxa. Moxa is used on the skin or needles to warm the acupuncture points and nourish the body’s energy (known as qi). Massage, Gua Sha and Cupping are also used as needed. We will select a treatment for the day based on your current concerns, goals, pulse readings and long term treatment plan. Please allow approximately one hour for each of these treatments. All visits are strictly confidential.
1.5 hr Holistic Acupuncture Deepening Session
$160 or $135 as a member
Around your 6th, 12th & 18th visit, we can spend some extra time checking in and deepening our work together. This is a powerful opportunity they will take your sessions even deeper
1 hr NAET - Allergy Elimination Techinque
$105 or $90 as a member
Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique, or NAET
Is a safe, natural approach to detecting and eliminating all types of allergies. NAET combines kinesiology (muscle testing) and Oriental Medicine to “clear” allergic reactions by “reprogramming” the brain. Involves applying light pressure along both sides of the spinal column, to stimulate specific acupuncture points associated with individual body organs.
Community Acupuncture ($35): We offer community acupuncture in an open, quiet healing space where other patients are being treated nearby. Sessions are provided on zero gravity recliners. Super comfy!
Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine known, dating back more than 3000 years. Acupuncture is a complete healing art, including both diagnosis and treatment, THAT IS based on laws and principles that come from nature. An amazing fact is that today one third of the world's population useS acupuncture as their primary source of health care. This is a strong testament to acupuncture's effectiveness.
At Village Wellness we offer four acupuncture traditions, Holistic Acupuncture, Classical Five Element Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and Community Acupuncture.
Holistic Acupuncture is a style of Acupuncture developed by Lance Isakov, L.Ac.. Rooted in a Five Element Acupuncture foundation, Holistic Acupuncture pulls on influences from a variety of styles and healing modalities including TCM, Dr. Tan Style Acupuncture, Kiiko Matsumoto, Facial Rejuvenation, Esoteric Acupuncture, Energy Work, and Shamanism. Holistic Acupuncture is a complete Healing Art that includes diagnosis and treatment without the use of herbal medicine.
At its core, Holistic Acupuncture is a healing art dedicated to addressing healing at all levels of self – mind, body, and spirit. Whether you come in with pain, anxiety, trying to figure out your life purpose, or all of the above, we are here in service.
Five Element Acupuncture
Five element Acupuncture is in some ways more traditional than TCM (see below). It is based on the ancient philosophy that there are five creative and controlling elements at play both in nature and in ourselves. The five elements are Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. Each of these elements controls various aspects of our physical, emotional and spiritual selves. In some branches of five element acupuncture, patients are deemed to be constitutionally strong in one of the elements and treatment is then aimed at this particular element. In other branches of five element acupuncture, the practitioner will look to determine the overall state of each of the elements and aim the treatment at restoring the balance between all the elements.
Five element diagnosis is made following an in depth consultation in which the practitioner will question the patient about all aspects of their life with much less of an emphasis on specific symptoms. This way we can treat the underlying cause rather than just the symptoms.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Acupuncture is one of the treatment modalities practiced under the banner of TCM, the other main ones being Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tui Na (massage therapy), cupping, gua sha, moxa, and dietary therapy. The roots of TCM stretch way back into ancient history stemming from the belief that human beings are very much a part of the natural world and are subject to the same laws and external forces as the rest of the natural world. As part of the integration into the modern world, TCM is a more standardized way of treating patients based upon specific observable “syndromes”. So although TCM is rooted in thousands of years of knowledge and history, its standardization means that the way it is currently practiced is not actually that traditional, hence the name is something of a Misnomer.
TCM diagnosis is based largely on the patients presenting signs and symptoms and also by studying the patients pulse on both wrists and an examination of the patients tongue. Accordingly the patient will be diagnosed and a specific treatment plan will be tailored to that patient.
As acupuncturists and holistic medicine practitioners our goal is to treat the individual rather than purely the symptom. Symptoms are seen as signals of an underlying imbalance, our aim is to correct that imbalance and thereby bring relief to the symptom. Our patients often express gratitude for our ability to see them as a whole rather than connected parts.
We have the most success with the following:
- Emotional Issues
- Women's Health
- Low Energy
- Headaches & Migraines
- Auto-Immune disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Pre & Post Op Support
- Cold & Flu Prevention
- Cancer Support
- ADD & ADHD
- Hormonal Disorders
- Life Direction
- Not feeling like yourself
- Spiritual support.
Please note: We work with family members of all ages! Kids love acupuncture!
Frequently Asked Questions
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Although the basic principles of each discipline are the same (the insertion of acupuncture needles in specific points to move energy) the theory behind which points are chosen is slightly different. In Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM acupuncture, points are chosen based on a system called the 6 stages or 8 levels. These stages represent a way of looking at a collection of symptoms that reflect the nature of a condition, its severity, its location in the body, and cause. In Five Element acupuncture, points are selected according to the constitutional predisposition of the patient, their current symptoms, how they feel at this very moment, as well as the “spirit” of the acupuncture point, or its deeper meaning.
For example, in TCM theory, a headache that is worse with stress may be treated by a point in the foot called “Great Rushing” that moves the energy of the whole body to treat the tension caused by stress. A Five Element practitioner might choose a point on the head called “Head Governor of Tears” that relieves tension from someone being so frustrated that they want to cry. Both treatments would relieve the headache, in a slightly different way.
Have you ever listened to your favorite kind of music on a static filled radio station? Acupuncture does to you, what fine tuning with the dial does to the reception on the radio. Acupuncture tunes in your signal, so that it comes in and goes out with a crystal clarity. Acupuncture works by assisting you in creating harmony with the cycles and rhythms of nature through balancing Qi (Chee). Qi or life force energy flows through channels or meridians in each of us, just as water flows through streams or rivers on earth.
Fine, solid, hair-thin needles are placed in the skin resulting in the movement of Qi along the meridians. Like clearing away tree limbs and boulders from a turbulent or stagnant river assists in the smooth flow of water, clearing blocks or imbalances in the meridians assists in the smooth flow of Qi. When Qi is abundant and flowing, you may experience balance, harmony and wellness in your body, mind and spirit.
When Qi is turbulent, or blocks are present, the natural cycles may be disrupted creating an imbalance which may eventually lead to pain or dis-ease.
Acupuncture treats the underlying imbalance which in turn may relieve the symptoms or signals of that imbalance.
The World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have declared acupuncture to be suitable for treating a wide range of health concerns. The following are some of these concerns:
Digestive: Abdominal pain, Constipation, Diarrhea, Indigestion.
Emotional: Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Nervousness, Neurosis.
Eye, Ear, Nose, throat: Cataracts, Poor vision, Toothache, Gingivitis, Tinnitus Gynaecological: Premenstrual syndrome, Menopausal symptoms, Infertility Muscular-Skeletal: Arthritis, Back pain, Neck pain, Muscle pain, Muscle weakness, Muscle cramping, Sciatica Neurological: Headaches, Migraines, Neurogenic bladder dysfunction, Parkinson's disease, Post-operative pain, Stroke Respiratory: Asthma Bronchitis, Common cold Sinusitis, Smoking cessation, Tonsillitis Other: Addiction control, Athletic performance, Blood pressure regulation, Chronic fatigue, Immune system toning, and Stress reduction.
According to a nationwide survey of acupuncture users by Claire M. Cassidy, Ph.D. :
91.5% reported "disappearance" or "improvement" of symptoms after acupuncture treatment. 84% said they see their MDs less. 79% said they use fewer prescription drugs. 70% of those to whom surgery had been recommended said they avoided it.
Many people in Philadelphia also use acupuncture for health maintenance and preventative care, as well as a tool for personal and spiritual growth.
In our experience, acupuncture can bring a deep sense of peace and well being. It cultivates our innate healing capability that is our birth right. It awakens our senses and allows us to come to life more fully. It offers the possibility of a deep healing transformation on a mind, body and spirit level!
This is probably the most frequently asked question! Does it hurt? Surprisingly the style of acupuncture we practice is very gentle. The Acupuncture needles are extremely fine, approximately the thickness of two hairs.
We use only sterilized, pre-packaged acupuncture needles that are disposed of after each use. Every individual has a unique interpretation of what the movement of qi by the acupuncture needles feels like. Some common sensations are tingling, heat, electricity, or tickling. Most Acupuncture patients report little or no discomfort.
Generally only two to six acupuncture needles are used during each acupuncture treatment. For those who decide that the acupuncture needles are not for them, I gladly offer Plant Spirit Medicine and Acupressure as an alternative. Plant Spirit Medicine calls upon the power of plants to bring deep wholeness to our body mind and spirit. Acupressure works bystimulating the acupuncture points with finger pressure rather than with the acupuncture needle.
Your first acupuncture session is 1.5 hours, during which time you have the opportunity to speak at length about your health concerns, questions and goals.
We will talk with you about your medical and social history and perform a physical exam and acupuncture treatment. This traditional Chinese medical exam is to evaluate the balance of energy in your body and provides us with information necessary to treat you safely and appropriately. The exam is different from a physical done by a doctor.
The first and subsequent acupuncture visits will involve the insertion of acupuncture needles often accompanied with the use of an herb called Moxa. Moxa is used on the skin to warm the acupuncture points and nourish the body's energy (known as qi).
We will select an acupuncture treatment for the day based on your concerns, goals and pulse readings. Please allow approximately one hour for each of these treatments.
Initially you will be seen weekly in order to establish a comfortable harmony, which can sustain itself between acupuncture treatments. Once this happens, usually after six to eight weeks, acupuncture treatments will be spaced out to every other week, once a month, and longer. Our regular patients come 4-5 times per year.
All visits are strictly confidential.
Please pay at the time of your visit. We accept cash, personal checks and Credit Cards ($3 fee).
Note: Please feel free to discuss any financial concerns with us prior to or during your first acupuncture visit.
Regarding insurance - Upon your request we can provide acupuncture receipts which you can send to your insurance company for reimbursement. Please ask for details.
Our training is from a post-graduate 3 year Chinese Medical Master's Degree program, which includes supervised clinical rotations. All acupuncturist in Pennsylvania must be nationally certified by the NCCAOM (Dipl.Ac.) and licensed by the state (L.Ac.)
Wayne Family Acupuncture is located at 124 Bloomingdale Ave in Wayne on the Mainline, just outside Philadelphia.
Our Office is convenient to the blue route (476) and also a short walk from the Septa R5 Train Septa Station.
We have had patients come to us from as far away as New York and Baltimore but most of our acupuncture patients come from the greater Philadelphia area including:
Philadelphia - Manayunk, Mount Airy, North Philadelphia, South Philadelphia, West Philadelphia;
Montgomery County - Gladwynne, Penn Valley, Lower Merion, Merion, Penn Wynne, Wynnewood, Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Haverford;
Delaware County - Newtown Sqaure, Media, wayne, Strafford, Berwyn, Paoli, Great Valley, King of Prussia, Phoenixville, Swarthmore, Broomall; Chester County, Pheonixville, Kimberton, Bucks County and Beyond.
Getting started is easy:
1. Download Lance's e-book "Five Element Acupuncture and You" packed with helpful information. use the code "ancientwisdom" at checkout.
3. Read "What to Expect"
4. Get directions and come on over!
All of our Acupuncturist have gone through a rigorous 3 year post-grad Masters in Acupuncture or Oriental Medicine Program at an accredited University. They are all fully licensed. Our practitioners are constantly continuing there education through accredited Professional Development Programs to further there skills.