In Asia, a course of acupuncture is typically 10 treatments. With conditions that are chronic or complicated, it may take many more. Additionally, Catherine prescribes herbs to each patient which cost around $100 per month.
Acupuncture for Veterans
The VA covers the cost of acupuncture fully for qualified veterans. Veterans must acquire VA approval prior to contacting Dr. Browne. The VA does not cover the cost of herbs which run around $100 per month.
4 Day Opioid Withdrawal Intensive-$995
Online Herb Evaluation & Herbs-$349
Dr. Browne provides herbal evaluations for those living afar and unable to visit her clinic. First, pay for your evaluation. A link will then be sent that you must complete. A full report with your diagnosis and 1 month worth of herbs (2 bottles of teapills) will be shipped to you. Custom prescription herbs cannot be returned. Also includes one follow up email within a week of eval response for any clarifications needed (including 4 questions maximum). Please do not use this service if you have allergies to herbs, food, or mushrooms.
- Dr Browne does not offer phone/skype consults
- If you are interested in knowing how Chinese medicine and acupuncture works use this link: learn how Chinese medicine works link here as we will not have time to cover this vast subject and multiple theories during your treatment.
- Please do not "pop-in" to Swan Creek Farm as we live an work here and thank you for respecting our privacy.
Things to Consider
Like physical therapy, acupuncture is a therapy that must be followed with commitment to the process. Patients will walk away from a treatment pain free only to wake again in the morning with pain; rather than acknowledging that acupuncture had an affect on their condition, they may wrongly conclude that the acupuncture was only temporary and is not going to work for them. This is a misunderstanding of how the course of acupuncture generally goes, as it does take time to correct long-standing issues.
Your commitment is a huge factor during the course of treatment. Alternative therapies take time. You may feel yourself losing patience or feel that things are not improving substantially or fast enough, but you will never know if this treatment therapy will work for you unless you show up and follow the treatment protocol
The more often you receive treatment the fewer treatment you will need. Some people feel they have recovered after a few treatments and discontinue their course of treatment. When they discover a month or so later that their symptoms are re-occurring and they have to start their therapy all over. Once therapeutic goals have been met, patients may want to receive monthly or seasonal treatments to maintain balance.
Dr. Catherine Browne, DAOM, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., RH (AHG
Dr. Catherine Browne has a long history of involvement with natural healing and has over three decades of practical experience working full-time as an herbalist. She is a DAOM (Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) having earned her doctorate from Five Branches University in San Jose, CA. She originally attended Florida School of Oriental Medicine from 1997-2000, and graduated from Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine in 2002. She became licensed in NC (L.Ac.-NC #243) after passing the national board exams (NCCAOM) and becoming a diplomat of acupuncture (Dipl.Ac.).
She is also a registered professional member of the American Herbalist Guild (RH), a non-profit, educational organization whose goal is to promote a high level of professionalism and education in the study and practice of therapeutic herbalism. She has been teaching herbalism on many different levels for over 30 years and is has served as a NCCAOM (National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) provider of professional continuing education credits to acupuncturists required for their ongoing licensure.
She is highly skilled in both western and Chinese herbalism and has trained extensively in many styles of acupuncture including: Worsley Five Element Acupuncture addressing root psychological and spiritual imbalances; Tung's Acupuncture with ancient lineage teachings for pain syndromes; Japanese-style acupuncture using fewer needles for greater results; traditional Chinese acupuncture taught in most US schools. Dr. Browne is a health advocate assisting patients in their wellness goals. Rather than "fixing" people, or "curing" people, she is able to apply any number of natural healing modalities that allow the body and mind to heal. Her practice in one hour North of Charlotte, NC.
Levels of Acupuncture Training in the US
Licensed acupuncturists in the USA have received extensive training as noted below. Many have a favorite area of treatments that they may refer to as a "specialization" as it is the area they have the most experience with. The doctorate programs now offered in the USA offer true specialization tracts. Catherine has completed her specialization training in Women's Health and Pain Management/Sport medicine; her advanced training has focused on functional medicine.
Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Med (DAOM) USA = 4500 hours Oriental medical school*
(DOM) in the states of FL, RI, NM, China = 3300 hours Oriental medical school*
Masters of Acupuncture and OM (LAc) = 1,700-3300 Oriental medical school*
Medical Doctor (MD) Medical Acupuncture certificate = 300 hours of continuing education classes
Chiropractor (DC) Acupuncture certificate NC = 100-200 hours of continuing education classes
Physical Therapist (PT) dry needling = 81 hours training
*Oriental medical schools in the USA are graduate programs requiring a college degree for entry