Christie Barner is an acupuncturist with a Doctoral of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA. She is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) to practice Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. She holds national certification from the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) in Clean Needle Technique. She is licensed in NY and VT.
Our goal is to use Traditional Medicine and modern research to provide high quality individualized care to help you meet your personal goals. Whether it is to decrease pain, gain mobility, get better sleep or have more comfortable cycles, we are here for you.
We strive to provide a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for all. Feel free to arrive early and enjoy a cup of tea. Allow yourself ample time to unwind and maximize the time you have set aside for self-care.
Dr. Barner is trained in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and auricular acupuncture techniques.
We have a large traditional herb pharmacy to provide patients with raw herbs, teas, granule, capsule and teapills.
Nutrition is a huge component of wellness and healing. The right alterations to your diet and exercise regimen can make a tremendous difference in how you feel each day.
We strive to provide a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for all. Please refrain from cell phone use during sessions, and speak in moderate tones. You are welcome to bring your own ipod to listen to, and feel free to arrive early and enjoy a cup of tea. Allow yourself ample time to unwind.
Please let us know if you are running late, or if you will not make it for your scheduled appointment. We are happy to reschedule you to another time or day.
We accept payment via cash, check, debit and all major credit cards except American Express. We also accept FSA debit cards, if you have a flex spending account set up with your employer. Acupuncture is a tax-deductible health expense, for which we can provide you with invoices or end of year statements for your convenience.
Payment is due at time of service. Please call for our current rates.
We are pleased to offer insurance billing!
Bluestone participates with many private insurance companies, including billing no-fault insurance for auto accident injuries, and most worker's compensation insurance cases as well.
If you are unsure if your medical coverage includes acupuncture, call us. We will be happy to contact your insurance company and find out before your appointment.
What does it feel like?
Some people feel nothing at all during needle insertion. Acupuncture should be relatively painless. If you do feel anything, it is like a single hair being pulled with a tweezer. After the needle is inserted, you may feel pressure, as if the practitioners hand is still there, or tingling. A sensation of tingling up or down the arm or leg is normal, and indicates that the needles are moving the body's energy, or qi.
What happens during a treatment?
The practitioner will have questions about your sleep, digestion, pain, stress, and symptoms. They will take your pulse on both hands, look at your tongue, and palpate different areas of the body. You will remove your socks and shoes, and make yourself comfortable on the table. The practitioner will choose points, swab them with alcohol, and apply needles. Most people fall asleep during treatment, as the rooms are warm and comfortable, with soft music. After needles are removed, the practitioner may use cupping or do bodywork, depending on the condition you are seeking treatment for.
How long does a treatment last?
Your first session will take 75-80 minutes, a follow-up appointment will be approximately an hour.
Are there side effects from acupuncture?
Very few. The most common one is a small bruise at the site of a needle insertion. It is possible but much less common to have tingling or numbness at the site of a needle insertion, or a localized infection at needle insertion site. The risk of any side effects can be minimized by always telling your practitioner what medications your are on, and if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
You can find more information at: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/introduction
Addictions (alcohol, drug, smoking)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Common cold/flu symptoms
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
(NCCIH Pub No. D404. Dec. 2007. Acupuncture: In Depth.)
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