VAST - Offering Acupuncture, Somatic Therapy, Chinese Herbs and Nutrition, Healing Arts in Palmer, Alaska.


VAST does not bill insurance. We do provide a super bill to you that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

The first initial appointment costs $220. This appointment usually takes two hours and includes an extensive intake process, physical exam, and treatment. Follow-up treatments are $130 and usually last 1-1.5 hours. Individuals experiencing great financial hardship should inquire about other payment options. Cost of Follow-Up Appointment for Somatic Therapy Only is $95. The appointment usually lasts 50 minutes.

Although I have seen complete resolution of primary complaint symptoms in one treatment, it is more common that a patient requires more than one treatment. The benefits of acupuncture continue to build with each treatment as we work together to restore greater coherence and balance within the body system.

Acupuncture needles are fine, disposable (one-time use), sterile, FDA-approved medical devices. While acupuncture is a highly safe form of physical medicine, there are a few risks. These include bruising, fainting, muscle spasms, bleeding, nerve damage (extremely rare) and punctured organs (extremely rare).

Pronounced (Ch-ee), Qi is the one of the most foundational  concepts of  Chinese Medicine and one of the most difficult to translate. It can be described as the vital energy of the body that circulates in the acupuncture channels or meridians. It is also so much more than that.  It is the most basic substance that compromises the world and the movement and changes of Qi determine the state of the world and the health within the body.  Qi has various functions within the body such as transforming, transporting, holding, raising, protecting and warming.  The focus in acupuncture is to balance the Qi within the body to create more harmony and body communication.

There is little sensitivity to the insertion of acupuncture needles.  One reason is that acupuncture needles are 25 to 50 times thinner than needles that are used for injections and blood tests.  While some patients feel nothing at all, others experience a brief moment of discomfort.  More often than not, the discomfort is caused by the “Qi” making contact with the needles.  I have heard patients describe this feeling as a mild sensation, tingling, cramps, heavy, floating, electricity, and numbness.  It is different for everyone and certain needle sites are more sensitive than others.  Most people find the experience relaxing, and some even fall asleep during session.

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