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Acupuncture - MARCOTTE ACUPUNCTURE $40-60 sliding scale in El Cajon, La Mesa. Santee, Lakeside, JamulAcupuncture $40-$60 sliding scale

Discounts for frequent flyers and packages

Community Acupuncture $30 (suspended indefinitely)

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is part of one of the oldest written forms of medicine. Before we had a name for the nervous system, ancient acupuncturists had identified it, mapped its major nerve pathways and nerve bundles, and developed an elegant system of medicine that worked by discovering how to use our body's nervous system to heal itself. We call the major nervous system pathways meridians and the energy that flows through them qi. Acupuncture points are located along these pathways and most of our "big points" are located along major nerve bundles. We can utilize this system with needles, light or pressure. Acupuncture isn't magic and it isn't bunk. It's just little understood in this culture. It is a full system medicine that has stood the test of thousands of years. It's  specialty is treating the non-emergency complaint, and has so much to offer in teaching us how to create and maintain health, as well as how to manage chronic complaints and disease. A such, it is the perfect compliment to modern biomedicine, and our western culture has much to learn and gain from it. 

How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture does 2 basic things:

  • It activates the parasympathetic nervous system
  • It sends a targeted healing message to the nervous system

By activating the parsympathetic nervous system, acupuncture quickly begins to help you relax by releasing hormones that tell your body it's time to rest, rejuvenate and heal. Your healing begins with this message. Then, we create a point prescription that specifically targets your particular health complaint, and gives your nervous system a message, to create a healing response in relation to the signal your body is giving you- for help. These 2 messages working together simultaneously are the healing effect of acupuncture.

Acupuncture Treatment is Cumulative

Healing, very much like life, is not a linear proposition most of the time. It is a process. Even with short term health complaints, it is very rare, for you to have 1 treatment and have your particular health complaint cleared up 100%, never to return again. You need to be treated often enough for your body to retain the healing message and hold it. There is no magic needle, magic herbal formula or magic acupuncturist. If someone tells you there are, they are probably trying to sell you something. There is, however, a healing process...

I describe it to my patients as a wave, or a roller coaster, depending on your point of view. You have your starting point, you get better, you decline a bit, have a setback and then climb again. And you go through this several times. But if you compare your starting point to where you are now, even with the wave, you can see clearly, you have gotten better. That is the natural, cumulative healing effect of acupuncture. For both chronic and acute complaints. Embrace the wave. You will experience it during your treatment plan.

Your Treatment Plan

The nervous system learns by repetition. We learn this process in school. If you need to learn something new, and retain it for only a short time, you process the information, use it, and once it's no longer needed, forget it. This process is using short term memory. And it is what we are accessing with acupuncture in an acute treatment plan.

If you need to retain the information for good, you process, repeat, and practice for several months, and often years, to be sure you have the ability to access the skill and/or information you need at will. This is what we are accessing in a chronic treatment plan.

Treatment Plans:

  • Acute
  • Chronic
  • Basic Stress   

An acute complaint is a health concern that is new to your body and has lasted for less than 3 months. In this case, we see you as often as we can, at least 2x/wk, for about 2-3 weeks, to get you to a 70% improvement or better. Then we say good bye until your next complaint. The more often I can see you in a week, the faster you'll recover. Sometimes, you will get results in less treatment time, or more treatment time. Everyone, and every complaint is unique within the general guidelines.

A chronic complaint is a health concern that has lasted at least 3 months, and is often, a chronic disease, or diseases, a patient is living with on a regular basis. Most chronic diseases fall into this category. In this case, we see you 2x/wk, for 6-8 wks,  to get you to 70% or better improvement and then work you into a maintenance plan that is anywhere from 1/wk to 1/mo, depending on you and you body's overall health. It is very important that you do not skip treatments during your initial 6-8 wks. If you do, you delay your healing response and your results will suffer.

Basic Stress complaints are treated 1/wk with acupuncture, until the stress is managed and/or what's causing the spike in stress is resolved.

You will need maintenance treatment for any chronic health complaint, if you want the healing effects of acupuncture to continue working for you. Your long term memory needs the reminder. Now, when you are dealing with chronic illness, you also have what are called flares.


Flares are occasions when, for many reasons, your chronic issue gets worse. This is a bigger than normal dip in the wave. And if you want to keep this from getting significantly worse, you need to address it as soon as possible. Flares are treated like an acute complaint, you are treated as often as possible, until the complaint is 70% or better. If you get in right away, that is usually 1-3 treatments. If you wait too long it is the length of a general acute treatment plan.

In order for you to get the results you desire, it is important to follow the treatment plan your acupuncturist has prescribed.

Acupuncture returns the body to its
natural state of balance and health.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes. Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy used by millions of Americans every year. The possible, minimal side effects are very light bleeding and bruising. All needles are pre-sterilized, single-use and disposable, as required by law.

Private Acupuncture Treatment

This is traditional western-style treatment. You have a room to yourself and more time to spend talking to your acupuncturist. All New Patient visits are private to allow time for a complete health history, intake and treatment. Private treatment allows for that extra time to bring up new issues, questions and more individualized, focused attention. My prices reflect my commitment to provide affordable, quality integrative health care.

By Appointment

  • New patient visit $40-60 sliding scale plus $10 paperwork fee
  • Acupunture $40-$60 sliding scale (disccounts for frequent flyers and packages)
  • CA $30 (suspended indefinitely)

Please book all private appointments during private hours.

Community Acupuncture (suspended indefinitely)

CA (Community Acupuncture) is traditional eastern-style treatment. You share a room with others getting acupuncture at the same time. There is very little talking and we generally communicate in whispers. You are here simply for treatment, which allows me to bring the price down, as I'm seeing more than 1 person in an hour, and it allows you to get acupuncture as often as you need it to get better. It also makes this medicine more affordable for those who are uninsured and under-insured. You share a quiet, peaceful room and the healing energy of being treated in a group. All New Patients must be seen during private hours for their first treatment, to assure a complete health history and intake.

And, if you are currently receiving CA and need to make a change in your treatment plan, address a new complaint or have a more detailed discussion about your health issue, you need to make a new PRIVATE appointment. Then you can come back to CA. After your New Patient appointment, you can book as many CA appointments as you like. It is a unique healing experience. I encourage you to try it, at least once. 


Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy, physiology, neuro-physiology, and training in Clean Needle Technique. I have passed a comprehensive national board examination administered by the California Acupuncture Board and am licensed by the state. 

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