Path-to-Wellness-Slider-1-needles-hand-maskedThere has been debate in the medical community about the effectiveness of acupuncture. Some argue that the results are purely psychological, a placebo effect. This basically means the only factor that is creating a change is the patient’s belief that change will occur. Historically, it has been recognized that when the placebo effect is the cause of relief, the placebo does not work as well as real treatment. Such is not the case with acupuncture.

In recent studies, sufferers of chronic pain rated an average ongoing pain on a scale of 100 to be around 60. With traditional treatments they dropped to an average of 43. These results show the success of traditional western treatment strategies, but acupuncture’s results were even better, cutting their pain in half, down to a rating of 30. This study also put one group through “fake” acupuncture to see if their results were reflective of real acupuncture, but the real thing created much better results than the fake. If acupuncture was purely placebo, these results would not have been possible.

While western science tries to explain how acupuncture works, different states across the nation are beginning to recommend insurance providers to cover the treatment. Our Reno acupuncture office currently accepts many different insurance companies who have recognized the benefits of acupuncture. This makes treatment much more affordable.

If you are experiencing chronic pain, acupuncture has proven to be a highly effective treatment. We have one of the most talented acupuncturists in the area,  Dr. Maureen McKenney. After an initial consultation, Dr. McKenney will design a highly specific treatment plan, custom tailored to address the problems you are experiencing. When you are looking for a highly effective acupuncturist in Reno, Dr. McKenney would be delighted to go over your options with you. Call the Path to Wellness offices today to ask any insurance questions you may have or to schedule your consultation today.


Tanner, Lindsey. “Acupuncture Relieves Chronic Pain, Review Shows.” N.p., 10 Sept. 2012. Web. 11 Mar. 2013.

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Far from offering a simple, one-sided treatment, Path to Wellness delivers a multi-faceted, holistic approach to healing. Dr. Maureen McKenney, a Reno acupuncture professional, is a licensed doctor of oriental medicine with a broad understanding that includes acupuncture, herbal prescriptions and dietary counseling. She combines her knowledge and vast experience with these healing methods to create a treatment program specifically designed to address your unique medical necessities.

While Reno acupuncture can provide exceptional results on its own, Dr. McKenney understands that including complimentary herbal prescriptions and dietary counseling can maximize a patient’s health. Her education in Traditional Chinese Medicine has imparted knowledge about underlying causes and contributing factors to the way different illnesses manifest themselves.

With every client, Dr. McKenney begins by conducting an initial health consultation. From here, she is able to gain the necessary information required to develop a road map for your individual treatment plan, which typically involves a combination of several treatment methods. Once Dr. McKenney has completed the initial consultation, she will typically perform an acupuncture treatment, provide guidance on how to adjust your diet, if necessary, and prescribe herbal remedies to enhance your healing potential.

When you are seeking an herbalist or acupuncturist in Reno, achieving the best results is your ultimate priority. With our holistic approach and talented acupuncturist, Path to Wellness is confident that we can provide the relief our patients are seeking. Eastern medicine has grown in popularity over the years, which we believe is a direct result of its proven effectiveness. Schedule an appointment with our Reno acupuncture office today to experience for yourself the healing capabilities of Traditional Chinese Medicine.