ACUPUNCTURE

April H. Smith, L.Ac. MTOM

Licensed Acupuncturist/Herbalist 
April Smith is the Founder and Clinical Director here at The Healing Professionals. April is an acupuncturist, herbalist, and Life Coach. She has 15 years of clinical experience treating patients. For the first ten years April worked in rehabilitation clinics specializing in the treatment of orthopedic conditions, including but not limited to: neck and back pain, headaches, sciatica, pain due to injuries, fibromyalgia, MS, etc. For the past five years April has had the pleasure of working with women and began focusing on the treatment of women’s health with an emphasis on infertility. She obtained amazing results helping women conceive children who were having problems getting pregnant. In addition, she also helped women with menstrual disorders either due to menopause or other gynecological conditions.  

April is very well educated both in Oriental Medicine and in Allopathic medicine. She received her Masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA. She also has a BA in Psychology from UC Davis. She served as a physical therapy assistant for two years while at Davis. April completed her Traditional Chinese Medical residency at the Shandong TCM Hospital in Jinan, P.R. China. She is Board Certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is licensed to practice in New Jersey, New York, California, and North Carolina. While working in New York, April was Alternative Medical Supervisor at Central Park Physical Medicine and was responsible for all other acupuncturists and supervised all alternative medical care.

While working in New Jersey, April worked in conjunction with reproductive endocrinologists at well-known fertility clinics and hospitals to help mutual patients with fertility issues conceive babies.  

“I truly feel that healing is my calling. My experience as a healer has taught me the importance of treating each person as a unique individual. Each patient deserves and requires one on one personal attention. I look at the body as a whole and attempt to bring balance in order to alleviate whatever the ailment is.

I am married with two wonderful children (my hubby is wonderful too). My son is 13 and my daughter is 9. We moved to North Carolina from New Jersey in 2014. I live in Holly Springs. I am so excited to have this wellness center here in our community. I envision a place where people can come and feel safe and have a sacred space for healing with highly trained health professionals who always have the patient’s best interest at heart.”   

Menu Of Services

Acupuncture:
  • Initial acupuncture session (90 minutes): $125
  • Follow up acupuncture session (60 minutes): $75
  • Senior Citizen and Veteran Discounts: Initial acupuncture session $75 and follow ups $50
  • Active law enforcement and/or fire rescue squad discounts:  Initial visit $75 and follow ups are $50
Herbal Consultation ONLY (30 minutes): $50

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the insertion of sterile, disposable needles into acupuncture points located on the surface of the body. There are 365 main acupuncture points, plus many extra points that are on the body, scalp and ears. Every acupuncturist learns the same points, and these points are located anatomically. The 365 main acupuncture points are located on meridians that are pathways associated with internal organs. Thus, an acupuncturist can treat many different conditions by needling points on the affected organ’s meridian. The Oriental Medical philosophy is that you can affect an organ’s energetics or “Qi”, by needling the proper points on its pathway. “Qi” is the life-force or energy in every person. Acupuncture works with the body’s Qi, or “energy” to heal.
During an acupuncture session, needles can be retained in the body up to 30 minutes or less depending on what is being treated. April only uses sterile, disposable needles that are the highest quality available. The needles are solid; there is nothing inside of them. April has an excellent needle insertion technique which minimizes pain and discomfort.  
Acupuncture can treat many ailments. For example, acupuncture has been shown to help alleviate pain in the body, both acute and chronic. It does this by releasing endorphins, which act as the body’s natural pain killers. This is why acupuncture is so effective for neck and back pain and it is excellent for headaches/migraines. April has over a decade of experience treating orthopedic conditions.  

Oriental Medicine which incorporates the use of herbal supplements, can also treat female issues. April has skillfully created a niche’ for treating women and the problems that affect women specifically. Such as: infertility, menstrual irregularity, menopausal hormonal imbalances, pain during pregnancy, and PMS. Due to the amazing results April was seeing in her practice, April decided to specialize in women’s health; this includes women/girls of all ages.  

Children can also receive acupuncture upon prior consent of the parent. Infants receive acupressure on the acupuncture points, they do not receive needles. Around the age of two, children can start to receive quick needle insertions. The needles are not retained, but inserted rapidly then removed immediately. As the child grows older, and depending on maturity, then needle retention may be applicable. Acupuncture Pediatrics is a huge field and it is very effective in treating: digestive upset, insomnia, stress, ADD, ADHD, anxiety, headaches, and many more presentations. 
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