Complete Acupuncture Services
Westminster Center for Traditional Acupuncture is your source for professional acupuncture services in the Westminster, MD area. Our locally owned practice was founded in 1986.
At Westminster Center for Traditional Acupuncture, we want to ensure that everyone is able to receive the care they deserve.
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Understand Traditional Acupuncture
Traditional acupuncture originated in China more than 4,000 years ago and is the oldest continually practiced system of medicine in the world. Acupuncture has been endorsed by the World Health Organization of the United Nations and the National Institute of Health.
Traditional acupuncture is a comprehensive system of healing based on natural laws that describe the movement of vital energy or ch'i throughout the body. A person experiences physical, mental, or emotional symptoms when this flow of energy is out of balance.
The task of the acupuncturist is to listen and observe, to assess the pattern of imbalance, and to create an individualized treatment plan.
Using needles placed into acupuncture points, the practitioner helps to redirect the ch'i, restore balance, and alleviate a great variety of symptoms. An improved sense of well-being frequently accompanies treatment.
This ancient practice, both a science and an art, enhances health and promotes the capacity of a person to heal naturally.
Acupuncture and Western Medicine
Acupuncture complements Western medicine and works well in conjunction with other health-promoting practices. Practitioners cooperate with other healthcare providers and do not recommend altering medications or other therapies without consulting the personal physician or provider of the patient.
Acupuncture is often effective for people of all ages and with a wide range of conditions, including:
- Chronic illnesses, such as arthritis, digestive disorders, allergies, MS, autoimmune diseases, and degenerative diseases
- Pain issues, including back pain, headaches, chronic pain, migraine, and healing from injuries
- Cancer, including support during various other forms of treatment
- Low energy
- Stress-related symptoms, tension, and insomnia
- Emotional difficulties, such as mood swings, depression, and anxiety
- Reproductive issues, infertility, pregnancy, labor, and delivery
- PMS and menopause
- Preparation for and recovery from surgery
- Addiction recovery
- Life transitions and personal growth
- Preventative care and health maintenance
The initial appointment is a 90-minute session in which all health concerns are explored and discussed. This visit allows the practitioner to assess the underlying conditions that have led to the present symptoms. In addition to reviewing the patient's health and personal history, a physical exam is performed as well as an initial treatment.
Subsequent treatment sessions generally last for 45-60 minutes and occur once a week for five to eight weeks. As improvement is achieved, sessions are extended to every other week, monthly, and sometimes seasonally. The frequency of treatment varies with each individual.
Using thin, sterile, and disposable needles placed into acupuncture points, an acupuncturist redirects and balances the ch'i. An herb called moxa is sometimes applied as well.
Insurance and Payment
Payment is requested at the time of treatment. Many insurance companies reimburse for acupuncture.
Learn More About Alison Hartman M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist
Since 1986, Alison Hartman has maintained a private practice in Westminster at the Westminster Center for Traditional Acupuncture.
Alison Hartman is a licensed acupuncture practitioner in the state of Maryland. She is a diplomate of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and received a Master's Degree in Acupuncture from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Laurel, MD.
She also studied and received teacher training with Dr. J.R. Worsley. Alison is the author of
Hatha Yoga and the Five Elements, published in 1986.
Born and raised in New York City, Alison received her BA from Oberlin College in 1974 and her MFA from Yale University in 1976. From 1979 to 1982, she taught sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to her practice, she teaches and does presentations on acupuncture to medical groups and to the general public.