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Transition to Health Transition to Health

1075 Hadley Ave. N. Suite 106 Oakdale, MN 55128

Debi Rene Weiss, LAc., Dipl.Ac., R.N., MaOM

Acupuncturist, Medical Herbalist, Holistic Nurse

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Acupuncture-Chinese Medicine for pain relief and more

While many people seek acupuncture for safe and successful relief of pain, acupuncture is proven effective for many acute and chronic conditions.



Relaxing!  Typically 10-12 sterile, thin needles, the thickness of a hair, are inserted ¼ - 1” into specific body ‘points’.  While acupuncture can elicit local sensations of tingling, numbness or heaviness, acupuncture is a gentle treatment and ought be painless.  Most people experience welcomed relaxation and typically fall asleep during the 30 minute treatment.



Many acute conditions often resolve in 2-5 treatments.  Generally speaking, other situations may require a series of 10-12 treatments.  Chronic conditions, after initial series, can be managed with 1-2 treatments a month, or during flare-ups.



When performed by a comprehensively educated licensed acupuncturist (LAc.) acupuncture is a very safe treatment.  While infrequent, bruising at the site of some points is possible.  The chance of infection is remote.   In a 1997 report the National Institute of Health (NIH) states, “One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedure used for the same conditions.  As an example, musculoskeletal conditions such as fibromyalgia, myofascial pain and tennis elbow are conditions for which acupuncture may be beneficial.  These painful conditions are often treated with, among other things, anti-inflammatory medications (aspirin, NSAIDS, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, etc.) or with steroid injections.  Both medical interventions have a potential for deleterious side effects, but are still widely used and are considered acceptable treatments.  However, the evidence supporting these therapies is no better than that for acupuncture.”



Some health insurance plans cover a predetermined number of acupuncture treatments for specific conditions. We recommend you contact your insurer directly to clarify the benefits of your particular plan.  Transition To Health is an in-network acupuncture provider for HealthPartners, United HealthCare and Medica and will submit claims directly to them.  For other insurers, treatment is paid by the patient at the time of service and a Superbill is provided.  Simply submit the Superbill to your insurer and any reimbursement funds available will be paid directly to you.   Transition To Health is able to submit claims for auto and worker’s compensation cases.  We require documentation that the case is open with available benefits prior to starting treatment.   In all cases, we are happy to call your insurance company and verify your coverage.

Do you want to learn more about Traditional Chinese Medicine?  



Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a completely integrated system of medicine used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness. It is the world's oldest, continually practiced medicine with a documented clinical history of 2500 years. The primary treatment modalities include Acupuncture, Herbals, Diet, Exercise, Tui Na Massage and Cupping.


TCM is based on an energetic perspective of the body rather than the biochemical model of Western medicine. This energy model is grounded in the dynamics of the Vital Substances: Qi, Jing, Blood & Fluids. Health is the quality and balance of these Vital Substances, while disease is the disturbance and disorder of them.

While at first glance this perspective seems incongruent to Western medical thinking, TCM is simply a different methodical way of organizing, understanding and approaching the body's metabolism, immunity, homeostasis and disease.

The goal of TCM, like all medicine, is to promote and restore optimal functioning and health to the body.



The 1997 National Institute of Health (NIH) reported that "studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can cause multiple biological responses . . . resulting in a broad spectrum of systemic effects.  Alteration in the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones, and changes in the regulation of blood flow, both centrally and peripherally, have been documented. There is also evidence of alterations in immune functions produced by acupuncture. Acupuncture may be a reasonable option for a number of clinical conditions." (NIH Conference on Acupuncture November 3-5, 1997)



While Chinese Herbal Medicine predates the use of acupuncture, like acupuncture, herbal medicine treats a full range of health concerns. Therapeutic herbs address acute diseases (respiratory and intestinal flu, the common cold), allergies, digestive and gynecological disorders, autoimmune diseases, chronic viral diseases and degenerative diseases. Chinese Herbal Medicine is especially good for promoting the body's ability to heal and recover from illness.

While Western folk herbalism typically focuses on using a single herb for a specific single symptom, Chinese herbalism crafts formulas to address one's constitution as well as the symptoms of concern.


Typically four or more herbs are blended and prescribed as a formula. Combining herbs enhances their therapeutic effect and minimizes side effects. Formulas can be taken as teas, pills, tinctures or liniments. To treat an acute illness or injury, herbal formulas are taken for as little as 3 days. For a chronic disorder herbs can be taken under supervision for many months.

  • Colds – Flu

  • Respiratory & Infectious ailments

  • Allergies, seasonal, food, chemical sensitivities

  • Autoimmune disorders

  • Sports injuries, muscle strains, tendon / ligament sprains

  • Headaches, tension, migraine, menstrual

  • Low back pain, neck pain

  • Muscle pain, myofacial pain, fibromyalgia

  • Joint pain, degenerative joint disease, arthritis

  • Chronic fatigue, post-chemo & post-radiation fatigue

  • Stress, insomnia, anxiety

  • Emotional – Mental conditions, depression

  • Digestive complaints, GERD, IBS, leaky gut, constipation, diarrhea

  • Gynecological health, PMS, menopause, infertility

  • Hormonal & endocrine imbalances, diabetes

  • Circulatory impairments, hypertension

  • Metabolic syndrome & systemic diseases, overweight, obesity

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