Jacquelyn George, M.Ac., L.Ac.

Sharp's Point South - 75 Mechanic Street, Suite 204E, Rockland, Maine 04841

email: jackieahacu@gmail.com

Phone: 207-542-4737

  • How does acupuncture work?

    Oriental medicine sees the human body as a wonderfully complex system that is always trying to maintain a harmonious balance between all its many parts. Simplistically, acupuncture is based on the belief that your body has pathways or meridians where internal energy called Qi ("chee") flows. Trauma, stress, poor diet, and even your constitutional type can all tip both physical and emotional well-being into a state of deficiency or excess (and sometimes even both!), leading to pain, illness and a feeling of "dis - ease". Acupuncture, through a careful selection of points and techniques allows Qi to flow smoothly and purposefully, allowing individuals to reach a healthy balance once again.

    This is an exciting time to be an acupuncturist as extensive Western research is being performed worldwide trying to pinpoint exactly how acupuncture works. While it is not exactly clear yet, various theories have been proposed. These include the premises that it can engage the fascial connective tissue, trigger the immune system, produce endorphins, and some of the latest research appears to show that it may be directly stimulating areas of the brain specific to the condition addressed.

    I personally think that eventually research and equipment will become sufficiently sophisticated enough to pinpoint the exact mechanism. Until that time, I am perfectly willing to trust in the effectiveness of a medical practice that has been in continuous use for thousands of years - obviously it works!

  • I don't have any medical problems, so why should I try it?

    I first began receiving acupuncture treatments while (I thought) perfectly healthy only because it was required in my graduate program. I was nothing short of astonished at how much better I felt after only a few treatments - more energy, less "brain fog", less catching of every seasonal cold, sounder sleep, and a distinct feeling of well-being. I'd recommend it to anyone.

  • How many treatments will I need?

    This really can only be addressed once your specific condition and overall health is assessed. Generally, the rule is that the more acute the problem (for example a sore shoulder that's been bothering you for a few days), the fewer treatments you'll likely need to produce results compared to a problem which has been a part of your life for years. I always tell patients that I like to see some change, subtle or not, by three treatments, and at that time we can then decide together how to proceed. I am well aware of the time and financial constraints most of us experience and aim to keep the number of treatments to a minimum while still producing results. Many patients do very well with a few closely spaced initial treatments, which then can be spaced out. Once the main problem is corrected, many patients decide to continue for monthly or seasonal "tune-ups" because of the distinct improvements that they have noticed in their overall health.

  • Does it hurt?

    This particular style of acupuncture stresses a very shallow gentle technique with the patient's comfort foremost at all times. Most patients remark at how surprised they are at how little they feel the needles. In fact, many patients have fallen asleep while I'm still inserting them!

  • What should I expect at treatments?

    We always have time to chat about how you are and the status of your particular concern. You'll remain fully clothed, and will lay down on a cozy heated treatment table with soothing heat lamps directed at your feet. I will check your pulse, take a peek at your tongue, and palpate your abdomen - these, along with what you tell me, give important diagnostic information. I'll remind you how to breathe while I insert a few needles (or place magnets if you prefer) and then let you rest for a bit, so you too can enter the Acuzone (see below). After removing the needles, I'll leave the room so you can remove your shirt (women can keep their bras on), cover yourself with a drape, and lay face down so a few back points can be treated, followed by a nice warming of the back area with a moxa herbal pole. Once done, we can discuss a bit any nutritional or lifestyle changes that might be beneficial to you, and then I'm afraid it's time to re-enter the real world (but you can have a nice cup of tea in the waiting area to smooth the transition).

  • What the heck is the AcuZone?

    Ah, this is the blissful state of contentment most folks enter during a treatment. It has been known to spill over into everyday life!

  • My cousin tried acupuncture and it didn't work...

    First, we don't look to acupuncture to "fix" problems like turning on a light switch. Instead, it often works in a more natural way, like peeling the layers of an onion, until finally the real root of the problem can be addressed. Understandably, the more layers of physical or emotional disharmonies, the longer it may take for the resolution of the problem for which you first come in for. I find that for most people for whom acupuncture didn't "work", they usually only had one or two treatments for a chronic problem and simply did not give their bodies enough time for it to be effective. Just as you wouldn't expect significant results from one pill or one session of physical therapy, you sometimes need to give the natural process enough time to begin its work.

  • Is it like voodoo?

    No. (You'd be surprised how often I actually get asked this). OK, so maybe I have always really liked using pincushions, but acupuncture is an established medicine which began thousands of years ago not on a whim, but through generations and generations of learned physicians building upon cause and effect results until they found that they could repeatedly get the same results by using certain points and techniques. I do not conjure up spirits, hypnotize you, consult porcupines behind your back, or draw in others' Qi to treat you.

  • What are your rates?

    Initial consultation: no charge

    First treatment which includes a detailed health intake: $85 (1 ½ - 2 hours)

    Each follow up visit: $65 (1 - 1 ¼ hours)

    Special discounts are given to established patients

    Early morning and evening appointments are also available

    Payments accepted: cash or check, please

  • Is acupuncture covered by insurance?

    More insurers are indeed covering services as they realize the therapeutic and preventative results of acupuncture. You will need to check with your personal insurance provider and your specific benefit package. I do not bill insurance companies directly, but will gladly give you a detailed itemized bill with the appropriate insurance codes that you can submit to your insurer.

  • How does one become an acupuncturist?

    Since this is a graduate level program, one needs to hold a Bachelor degree, preferably one which includes the biology, chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry, microbiology, anatomy, physiology and physics courses which are prerequisites for the New England School of Acupuncture program. Then in three short years, one is subjected to year round coursework, needled mercilessly by fellow students on a weekly basis, complete over 750 clinical hours at the school clinic and various community medical clinics, and then pass a series of terrifying national examinations to become board certified, after which one can then apply for their state license. Continuing education credits are also needed yearly to maintain certification. Understandably, one is quite excited to be out of school and in practice!

  • This all sounds great, but I really can't handle needles...

    You're certainly not alone - most of us can well remember getting vaccinations as a kid and blood work as adults. Ouch! First of all, acupuncture needles are hair-thin and gently inserted, unlike the much larger hypodermic needles you may be more familiar with. In fact, the treatment needles used today are usually much thinner than those used ten years ago, so if you haven't had acupuncture in a long time, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

    Secondly, I work very closely with each patient to minimize any discomfort.

    Lastly, I also use a variety of "non-insertive" techniques, such as magnets, cupping, gwa sha, "touching needle", acupressure and infrared light therapy that use no needles at all. I will work closely with you to deliver only that which you are comfortable with and never use needles at all if that is your preference.

  • OK, I'm interested - what do I do next?

    Give me a call at 207-542-4737 and we can set up a complimentary consultation to discuss your specific situation and to also answer any additional questions you may have. I truly look forward to speaking with you and sharing this amazing medicine with you.