Racine Community Acupuncture100% Local
10502 Northwestern Ave
Franksville , WI 53126 (view map)
Welcome to the Racine Community Acupuncture Clinic
Community style holistic healthcare in the Racine Area
** Racine Community Acupuncture has moved! **
** New location: 10502 Northwestern Avenue, Franksville, WI 53126 **
We provide quality, affordable acupuncture for the regular folks in Racine. We’re here to help our community heal by helping individuals heal. We treat in a group setting where people can relax in recliners while healing together.
Racine Community Acupuncture offers treatments on a sliding scale of $15-$40, (with a one time office fee of $10). You choose to pay what you can afford. Acupuncture is most effective when used on a regular basis, so we want to ensure cost does not prohibit you from healing.
As one of the oldest, most commonly used healing systems in the world, acupuncture is simple, safe and sustainable healthcare. Acupuncture does not have to be expensive to be effective. Racine Community Acupuncture makes this possible.
We are part of the solution to the soaring cost of U.S. healthcare.
Acupuncture is a medical practice developed 4000 years ago in China.
Throughout the centuries practitioners realized specific energy paths, called meridians, running through patients’ bodies. Meridians run throughout the body, connecting the outer parts of the body with internal organs. By manipulating the flow of the energy, called qi, (pronounced chee), practitioners helped their patients heal. Because the meridians flow internally and externally, acupuncture treats internal diseases through superficial needling.
This use of meridians explains why an acupuncturist can treat a local pain or internal illness using seeming unrelated points. For example, sciatica may be treated through points on the wrist rather than on the lower back, gluteus maximus or hamstrings; shoulder pain may be treated through points on the leg, ear, wrist or finger.
Meridians are the body’s communication system. An imbalance within this complicated network causes symptoms of internal, chronic and more common illnesses. Acupuncture practitioners use this system to diagnose and treat these diseases, tapping into the network from precise points on the meridians to return the entire body to balance and health.
According to the United Nation’s World Health Organization, over seventy diseases can be treated effectively with Acupuncture, including the following:
- Acute pain, chronic pain, arthritis, work related and sports injuries, back, knee and shoulder pain.
- Asthma, allergies, bronchitis, common cold, sinus infection.
- Occasional and chronic headache, migraine, sciatica, Bell’s palsy, post-stroke paralysis.
- Menstrual disease; PMS; menopause syndrome.
- Irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, ulcer, digestive dysfunction including GERD.
- General Medicine:
- Fatigue, hypertension, diabetes, insomnia.
- Asthma, bed-wetting, seizures, colic.
- Eczema, herpes, hives, rashes, acne, skin care.
- Incontinence, impotence, prostate, bladder and kidney function.
- Emotions and life style:
- Fatigue, insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, immune deficiency.
- Substance abuse of tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs and food.
Oriental Medicine may effectively treat symptoms and root causes of:
- Immunological dysfunctions:
- Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, Reynauld’s syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Multiple Sclerosis, tinnitus, macular degeneration
This list is certainly not comprehensive. If you have any questions about the effectiveness of Oriental Medicine for your needs, please contact me and we can discuss the possibilities. If we don’t believe Oriental Medicine will help you, we may recommend alternatives.
While acupuncture works through the body’s meridians, Chinese herbs are more substantial. Throughout the centuries herbalists realized various plants, animals and minerals affected the body in different ways. Practitioners mixed herbs according to their properties, adding a little of this and a dash of that until the fundamental, balanced formulas of Traditional Chinese Medicine were developed.
Unlike Western pharmaceuticals, Chinese herbs are processed in their whole form. They are not split into their component parts, and mixed in various proportions with other chemicals. While various types of processing affect each herb differently, the herbs themselves maintain their balanced integrity throughout the process. So, the formulas have balanced ingredients and, when mixed in proper proportions, are themselves balanced to maximize their intended effects and minimize side effects.
Chinese herbal formulas include food, teas, elixirs, liniments, powders, capsules, tea pills, and ointments.
Christie S. Kern, L.Ac., MSOM, B.S. Nutrition
Christie Kern earned a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine (MCOM) in Racine, Wisconsin. After providing in-home acupuncture in Harrisburg, PA, and working in a traditional one patient per hour acupuncture clinic, she returned to her hometown, Racine. Upon her return she opened her dream clinic, Racine Community Acupuncture. Revolutionary in design, this community-style acupuncture clinic is part of a national movement. Community acupuncture offers affordable, effective treatments in a living room setting, with soft music in the background as patients relax in a reclining chair. “Working in a group not only reduces the cost of each treatment,” she explained, “It brings a greater concentration of healing energy to each patient. It’s like comparing a solo singer to a choir.”
Christie has helped patients find relief from conditions ranging from the Common Cold, Low Back Pain, Crohn’s Disease and Sciatica to Acne, Sinusitis, Prolapsed Uterus, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), Depression and Anxiety. She’s found that many people believe acupuncture is only for pain relief. However, acupuncture treats everything. “This medicine is simple, elegant and flexible,” she explained. “And it’s personal. If ten patients came with the same Western medical diagnosis of, say, migraine headaches, chances are they’d each have a different acupuncture treatment.”
Christie graduated with a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. As part of her undergraduate education, she studied at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad. During this program, she started learning about traditional medicine among various cultures. Eventually, Christie ventured into the realm of Traditional Chinese Medicine, while trying to resolve her own back pain. Barely able to stand, she gratefully accepted acupuncture from a friend. That night, she went dancing. By the end of that same year, she began her studies at MCOM.
Licensed in both Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, true love carried Christie from the sandy shores of Lake Michigan to the beautiful capital of Pennsylvania and love of family called her back again.
Racine acupuncturists offer help to veterans
Feb 16, 2009 by Racine Post
- Serious acute traumatic stress may afflict combat veterans. Flashbacks, panic, insomnia, suicidal ideation and other symptoms continue their daily assault. According to an April, 2008 Rand study, one in five Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD or major depression.
The Turning Point - Frederick, MD
Feb 12, 2009 by The Turning Point Acupuncture Web Site
- The Turning Point offers affordable health care as a service in the community: for anyone who is self-employed, middle class, or working class; a student, underinsured, or unemployed; retired on a fixed income, trying to put their kids through college, stay-at-home parents or single-parent households...or anyone simply unable to afford the high fees that most boutique acupuncturists charge.
Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB)
Feb 12, 2009 by Acupuncturists Without Borders Web Site
- Our Beginnings Acupuncturists Without Borders was formed in September 2005 in the immediate aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. From October of 2005 to November 2006 AWB provided free community acupuncture treatments to survivors of the hurricanes in Louisiana, including evacuees, residents, first responders, emergency personnel, volunteers and other care providers. AWB treated close to 8000 individuals in New Orleans and the surrounding areas with a tremendously positive response and high demand to expand its services.
Working Class Acupuncture
Feb 12, 2009 by Working Class Acupuncture Web Site
- Working Class Acupuncture's mission is to use acupuncture to create social change in health care. We provide, and advocate for others to provide, accessible acupuncture for working class patients; we support acupuncturists in being social entrepreneurs; and we share our business model for natural health care that empowers patients, builds community and breaks down class divisions.
Help Shaymus Kick Cancer
Feb 9, 2009 by Fountain Banquet Hall, 8505 Durand Ave, Sturtevant, WI
- Shaymus Guinn, only son of Tony and Karla Guinn was diagnosed with cancer around Thanksgiving 2008. Shaymus had a lump just under his right knee. He was not complaining of pain but had been limping on and off during his fall soccer season.
Veterans Clinic - Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Feb 9, 2009 by The Journal Times
- Acupuncture treatments to reduce stress and anxiety; improve sleep, and help relieve post-combat stress and trauma. Free walk-in Veterans Clinic Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at 4344 Douglas Avenue.
Sliding fee scale works for practitioners, patients
Jan 25, 2009 by The Frederick News-Post Online
- Most people with health insurance are used to the $10 to $20 co-pays for office visits, oftentimes more for specialists and prescription drugs, and of course the monthly premiums. Those without insurance are faced with a larger cost burden, one that some local health care practitioners are hoping to ease.
'Alternative' Medicine Is Mainstream
Jan 25, 2009 by The Wall Street Journal Online
- The evidence is mounting that diet and lifestyle are the best cures for our worst afflictions.
Fundraising effort for Shaymus Guinn - diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma.
Jan 19, 2009 by Macomb Journal
- Macomb, IL - Macomb Journal: Adams Street Coffee, 325 West Adams, has begun a fundraising effort for a child battling cancer. Shaymus Guinn, the 7-year-old son of Tony and Karla Guinn, was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer, last November.