Don J. Thompson, MA, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
105 Charwood Drive
Welcome to Abingdon Acupuncture! My goal is to provide you with the highest level of care possible, in a compassionate, caring, and relaxing environment. I have helped many people return to good health and restore their energy through acupuncture and the use of natural health care products.
I would like the opportunity to help you find your way to good health. For your complimentary 15 minute appointment.
Call us at 276.628.3486
- back, neck, knee, etc.
- peripheral neuropathy
- macular degeneration
- diabetic retinopathy
- dry eye
- anxiety, depression, stress
- IBS/digestive issues
- allergies, sinus infections
- menopause, infertility, PMS
- weight loss
- general wellness
- smoking cessation
105 Charwood Drive, Abingdon, VA 24210
105 Charwood DR.
Abingdon, VA 24210
ABOUT DON THOMPSON
Click on video below for a brief (20 seconds) introduction:
- Licensed acupuncturist for over 20 years
- BS in psychology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.
- Trained at the Maryland Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Bethesda, MD.
- Post-graduate studies in animal acupuncture at the TAI-Sophia Institute in Laurel, MD.
- Worked as staff acupuncturist at Allegheny General Hospital’s department of Integrative Medicine.
- Completed advanced training in Ophthalmological acupuncture
FAQs (click here)
- What is the training of an acupuncturist? After 4 years of undergraduate education, an acupuncturist completes 3-4 years of post-graduate training. Courses include western medicine, but the primary focus is on Traditional Chinese Medicine which includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and lifestyle (diet, exercise, stress reduction) issues. Acupuncturists complete a minimum of 1 year of clinical training under the direct supervision of a Licensed Acupuncturist. At the completion of formal education, acupuncturist are required to pass the National Board examination (NCCAOM), and maintain a minimum amount of continuing education to maintain Board certification.
- How many treatments will it take? This varies on several factors, including age, length of time person has had the health issue, overall health, medications taken on a regular basis, diet, activity level, surgeries, etc. The L.Ac. will be able to give a better idea of length of treatment after the initial examination.
- Does acupuncture hurt? When acupuncture is performed correctly it should be painless. Some normal sensations associated with acupuncture include tingling, warmth, or pulling sensation at the site of the insertion, but no pain should be experienced. Acupuncturists have excellent training in needling skills to help minimize any discomfort normally associated with needles.
- Where do the needles go? Most needles are placed below the elbows and knees; occasionally ear points will be used as well. In the treatment for eye issues, needles are NEVER placed directly in the eye.
- Is acupuncture covered by insurance? More insurance companies are providing some help with acupuncture care. Call the number on the back of your insurance card to see if your insurance company (and your specific policy) covers acupuncture. We do not file insurance, but will provide you will all the necessary information to receive a reimbursement from your insurance company if that is a covered expense.