Common FAQs about acupuncture & us below. COMING SOON - herbal home remedy kits, herbal overstock and acupuncture sessions will be available for purchase online.
Greater Inwood clinic & Housecalls
We are located in the Candlelight Forest neighborhood at Alabonson and W Little York - across from the new bridge along the White Oak Bayou Bike Trail. You can come to us or we can come to you! We believe that communities can be enhanced by doctors and healers providing their care in the very neighborhoods they live in - treating nearby residents more like an extended family, rather than just a number.
Weekdays and week-ends, evening hours available 8am til 9pm.
Important Note: Scheduling on week-ends, and traveling to your home, are strictly on a case-by-case basis. Priority is based on perceived need, severity of your condition. as well as previously scheduled appointments and optimal route calculation.
Memorial Hermann Tower @ Gessner and I-10
Monday & Thursday mornings (Wes)
Tuesday afternoons & Friday all day (Marie)
Appointments are on the 23rd floor of the main tower inside Eastern Harmony Clinic, use parking garage #5.
What makes us different?
We are local Inwood residents, husband and wife team, both licensed by the TX Medical Board and nationally board certified through NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). We have been in practice for 7 years each. We've put in clinical hours in a wide range of settings, alongside several of our professors and other mentors from whom we learned a great deal on what to do and not to do.
An "acupuncture" license such as ours in TX is really a misnomer as it covers not just acupuncture but herbal prescriptions from a vast Chinese pharmacopeia, use of tui-na (a form of manipulation/bodywork), food therapy, cupping, moxibustion, auricular acupressure and more. Do you know how much training YOUR acupuncturist has, and what the difference is between a medical acupuncturist, a certified acupuncturist, and licensed acupuncturist? You should! Click here.
- Our training
After undergraduate studies, Wes in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Marie in Montreal, Canada, (B.Sc. Psychology, Mcgill University), we both completed the 4-year, full-time (summers too!) regionally accredited professional Masters Degree program at ACAOM here in Houston. Our program consisted of about 1/3 acupuncture and TCM theory, 1/3 conventional Western medicine like anatomy and pathophysiology, and 1/3 herbal medicine, plus 1 year clinical internship. ACAOM is one of the most highly ranked schools in the nation thanks to affiliations with local hospitals – that’s where we first met!
We are versed in a variety of healing & movement modalities, Mindfulness Meditation, Aikido, Kung Fu, Yoga, MovNat, Parkour, QiGong, TaiChi, and are always eager to learn more (above and beyond our mandatory yearly continuing education). We believe specialization has its place and obvious benefits, but that it tends to be overemphasized these days. We don't strive to be famous but instead strive to be well-rounded so we can see the bigger picture, and have a wide range of knowledge to pull from to better guide you on your path to healing.
- Our care
We listen to you and customize care to you. We take care to make our treatments as painless yet as effective as possible. We nudge you to improve your health at your own comfort level. We don't try to scare you into care or force you to commit to a treatment plan you're not comfortable with. That's not how we like to be treated. We also refer as needed and are happy to collaborate with your other medical professionals
We’re animal lovers – want your dog/cat/turtle to stay close to you while you are getting treated at your place? That’s fine with us. That’s how we do it when we treat each other!
We give you the same quality we would (and do) give ourselves. One of our recent projects was to put all kinds of needles to the test on ourselves and each other until we found the best. Most acupuncture needles typically come from China. After our experiment we actually settled on Canadian made needles manufactured from U.S. stainless steel, with low nickel content and no silicone coating. It costs us a little more but we think it's totally worth it.
Acupuncture needles are FDA regulated, sterile and single use (and extremely thin). We keep our clinic and home environment as allergen-free as possible – we use scent-free, color-free, organic and sustainable products whenever available. We may occasionally use essential oils to enhance your treatment unless you ask us not to. We do the cleaning ourselves so we know exactly what goes on. We use only glass cups for cupping and use an autoclave for sterilization. Finally we buy herbs from independently tested manufacturers who we trust, and we don't keep much on hand, ordering as needed to make sure we have a fresh inventory.
- How we give back
We volunteer with non-profit VetTRIIP on a regular basis, providing complete healing immersions alongside practitioners of other modalities (Reiki, massage, chiropractic, aromatherapy, EFT), at no cost to vets. We try to buy local, organic and earth-friendly whenever we can. We do our best to keep a low carbon footprint as well – reduce, reuse, recycle… except for medical waste, of course! Finally, our three dogs are rescues and we love to support local rescue groups.
How does acupuncture work?
In 1997, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) documented and publicized acupuncture’s safety and efficacy for treating a wide range of conditions. A large number of studies have resulted in increasing coverage by insurance. Acupuncture promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites--commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of very fine, sterile needles into the skin. Besides needles, licensed practitioners can apply pressure, heat, massage, moxibustion, cupping, topical herbs and/or electrical stimulation to acupoints to further enhance the effects.
Acupuncture promotes the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems. Modern research has demonstrated its effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system.
What happens during an acupuncture treatment?
First, your acupuncturist will ask about your health history. Then, he or she will examine your tongue’s shape, color, and coating, feel your pulse, and possibly perform some additional physical examinations depending on your individual health needs. Using these unique assessment tools, the acupuncturist will be able to recommend a proper treatment plan to address your particular condition. To begin the acupuncture treatment, you lay comfortably on a treatment table while precise acupoints are stimulated on various areas of your body. Most people feel no or minimal discomfort as the fine needles are gently placed. The needles are usually retained between five and 30 minutes. During and after treatments, people report that they feel very relaxed.
How many treatments will I need?
The frequency and number of treatments differ from person to person. Some people experience dramatic relief in the first treatment. For complex or long-standing chronic conditions, one to two treatments per week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, usually eight to ten visits in total. An individualized treatment plan that includes the expected number of treatments will be discussed during your initial visit.
What conditions are commonly treated by acupuncture?
Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility. The list below is from a report by the World Health Organization - you can read the original full report here. If you are a doctor you may be interested in more detailed and current research https://acupuncturenowfoundation.org/ or http://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/
Case-controlled clinical studies have shown that acupuncture has been an effective treatment for the following diseases, symptoms or conditio
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
Dysentery, acute bacillary
Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Induction of labor
Low back pain
Malposition of fetus, correction
Nausea and vomiting
Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
Periarthritis of shoulder
The following diseases, symptoms or conditions have limited but probable evidence to support the therapeutic use of acupuncture:
Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
Alcohol dependence and detoxification
Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
Competition stress syndrome
Craniocerebral injury, closed
Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)
Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
Female urethral syndrome
Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
Hepatitis B virus carrier status
Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
Pain due to endoscopic examination
Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome)
Post-extubation in children
Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
Raynaud syndrome, primary
Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Retention of urine, traumatic
Sialism, drug-induced (excessive salivation)
Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
Spine pain, acute
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Ulcerative colitis, chronic
Whooping cough (pertussis)
How do I choose the right acupuncturist?
In the state of Texas, make sure you find someone who is licensed by the Texas Medical Board, like Marie Eclache and Wes Hamner. This ensures that your practitioner has undergone a minimum of 3-4 years of stringent graduate training including a clinical internship and the completion of a series of tough national board exams - unlike a 'certified' acupuncturist who typically only followed a few classes. This can make a huge difference in the care you receive and the outcome of your treatment.
Verify any physician or acupuncturist's license on the Tx medical board website: http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/page/look-up-a-license
The best way to discover if acupuncture is right for you is to schedule a visit at the most convenient location for you . Call us at 713 965 6796 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How much does acupuncture cost?
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