- Sun & Moon Acupuncture and Wellness, PLLCEffective April 4, 2022
21 Carmichael Street, Suite 206
Essex Junction, VT 05452802-662-1066
Melanie is my answer to any joint pain I have had, knees, legs, and wrists. She also has helped me with my Dry-Eye problem.
Melanie gets to know you, your life-style and nutrition. She gathers your medical history all before beginning the magic of her expertise.
Her needles gently penetrate your skin heading directly to your pain points while the music in the background transports you into a sense of relaxation and well-being. How do I spell join... Read more »
Before Melanie, I had only had acupuncture once and I wasn’t too likely to go back. But after having some stress and pain, I decided to go see Melanie for some relief. She spent about 45 minutes with me just going over my health history so she could totally understand what my issues were and how to combat them. She creates a very warm environment for discussing your health which can sometimes be embarrassing or nerve-wracking. Melanie has a magic... Read more »
“Melanie has enhanced our health and well being in ways we never imagined. After receiving her expert care, I now sleep better, longer and wake up more rested. I have less anxiety and my overall mental outlook has improved. More importantly, Melanie has greatly enhanced my wife’s health. My wife had suffered with a combination of acid reflux and asthma for years — with little to no relief from traditional, western medicine. After a few short sessions with Melanie, my... Read more »
I have been a patient of Melanie Severo for more than two years. Three years ago, I became very concerned that I had had four bouts of bronchitis over a relatively brief period. Since I was already engaged in care provided through traditional Western medicine and was diligently following my pulmonologist’s recommendations, acupuncture seemed to be a sensible complement. Thus far, the results have surpassed my expectations. I am happy to say that I have not had bronchitis since beginning... Read more »
“Melanie is very thorough. I appreciate the care she takes to make sure she really understands what is ailing you. “
“Melanie is a caring, effective practitioner with an intelligent and personalized approach to healing. I highly recommend her. “
Migraines & Headaches
Worldwide, it is estimated that 1 billion men, women, and even children suffer from migraine disease.
Only someone who suffers from migraine headaches can really understand how debilitating these attacks can be. Maybe the attacks are triggered by stress or a change in the weather, but if you’ve ever had to deal with one, you know that the rest of your day will be affected, and it likely will not be in a good way. For many people, it requires them to cancel plans they made weeks or months ago, taking away from time with family or friends. Headaches and migraine syndrome can affect job performance, often leading to more stress because of difficulties with managers and co-workers or a reduced capacity to hold down meaningful work. All of these consequences affect quality of life and can lead to isolation, anxiety or depression.
Many migraine sufferers turn to medication for relief, and of course, this is sometimes a great option. But if you’re keen to minimize the amount of medication you need to use and would prefer to try other remedies, acupuncture for migraines is an excellent idea!
There are at least three benefits to using acupuncture in the management of your migraine headaches.
- Prevention: Patients who receive acupuncture for migraine report it has been effective in reducing the number of migraine headaches experienced on a monthly basis. It has also been shown to reduce the duration and intensity of pain when a headache does occur.
- Cost saving: Many of the new migraine treatments are exceedingly expensive, and while insurance companies will sometimes cover the cost of these treatments, co-pays and co-insurance can still prevent a patient from taking advantage of these treatments. It’s a good idea to check with your insurance company to see if you have an acupuncture benefit or contact me and I’ll check for you!. In addition, if you have a flexible spending account or a health savings account, that money can be used to cover the cost.
- Side effects: Many of the medications used to treat migraine headaches/syndrome can have very uncomfortable side effects. Patients diagnosed with migraines, in my experience, have a tendency to be even more sensitive to medications than the general population, so taking a daily medication is not an attractive option for them. Acupuncture has practically no adverse effects and can be an opportunity to allow the nervous system to relax and reset, not only helping to reduce the frequency, duration and intensity of migraine attacks, but also adding to a sense of calm and an increased ability to focus in day-to-day activities.
As we enter a new year, it is natural to want to look back on the last one. As humans, we have the gift and the hurdle of marking time, so it can feel helpful to recall memories we want to hold on to or look for lessons we can take with us.
To that end, here are three categories in which research into the type, application and efficacy of acupuncture saw significant advancements in 2020, findings that will certainly help guide us as we move forward. In a year that saw so much focus on our health, these findings offer some good news in the fields of pain management without opioids, migraine headaches, and insight into why it is that acupuncture is effective as an anti-inflammatory. continue reading