Acupuncture & Alternative Therapies, LLC
717 Barrow St
Anchorage, AK 99501
Aria Walker, L.Ac., M.Ac., Dipl. Ac
Aria Walker is a licensed acupuncturist with a master’s degree in acupuncture and Chinese herbal studies from Academy for Five Element Acupuncture. She also studied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and herbs at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, and assisted a third generation acupuncturist from a family tradition. She has been working and teaching in complementary medicine since 1991.
Appointments are available in Palmer, Eagle River and Anchorage, Alaska.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a part of Oriental medicine which has been used for thousands of years to bring healing and balance to people around the world. Today, it uses very thin, sterile single-use needles in specific points on people’s bodies, including on their hands, feet, ears and face. Oriental medicine is a full system of diagnosis, treatment, and preventative medicine. It comes from a holistic philosophy of health and well-being, and includes other treatment methods such as cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, massage, dietary and Chinese herbal counseling.
What is Five Element Acupuncture?
Five Element Acupuncture is a constitutionally-based style of acupuncture for addressing many types of health and internal medicine concerns, life transitions, stresses, personal improvement, as well as pain and injury recovery. During your initial intake appointment, your acupuncturist will have an in-depth discussion with you regarding your life, well-being, and goals. Five Element Acupuncture begins with clearing sessions to remove blocks to your dynamic health and then supports movement toward your personal ideal. Customized treatments are tailored for each individual’s needs.
What can acupuncture help with?
Acupuncture is perhaps best known in the United States for treating pain including injuries, neck and back pain, neuralgia, headaches, sciatica, fibromyalgia, and other pain. The National Institutes of Health and World Health Organization also recognize acupuncture for addressing problems such as digestive disorders, allergies, asthma, stroke, reproductive issues, insomnia, anxiety, depression, urinary disorders, addictions, and more. Acupuncture is used for stress management, personal growth, and negotiating life transitions. It can even help with the common cold and flu!
Does acupuncture hurt?
Most people experience some sensation with the needles. Not all points feel the same, and the sensations vary between points, different people, and different sessions. Often there may be a feeling of movement, a temporary ache, or warmth at the site.
Will my insurance cover my acupuncture treatments?
You may need to pay at the time of your appointment depending on the office where your appointment is scheduled. Many insurance companies cover acupuncture. I can provide you with an invoice. Submitting your paperwork to your insurance company or health savings account is your option and responsibility. No guarantee of coverage is made or implied.
How does acupuncture work?
Much like the languages of China, Oriental medicine has a poetic, yet very precise, description and understanding of health and humanity. A person is seen as interdependent with their environment and needing proper flow and balance for a full and healthy life. Western medicine still cannot definitively explain the success of acupuncture, though several hypotheses are being explored such as gate theory, endorphin response, and immune system reactions. Acupuncture creates movement in what is known as Qi, Blood and other vital substances, thus creating harmony within a person and with their environment. By bringing a person into balance, that person’s innate healing capabilities are also simulated.
Please schedule a 15-minute free consultation to learn more about how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help you.