Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a complete healthcare tradition originating in China that dates back 4000 years, yet remains effective today as a means of strengthening the body rather than merely treating symptoms. Chinese medicine focuses on building the body’s own vital energy (Chi) so the body can heal itself.

TCM is based on a simple and profound philosophy of balance, stemming from the yin and yang energies. The yin and yang represent a state of interdependence and continual movement, which create a state of balance. These two forces are reflected in the harmony of black and white, day and night, hot and cold, passive and active, dry and wet, and so on.

Accordingly, when we are balanced, health and wellbeing exist. When we are out of balance, illnesses or disease can manifest.

Although TCM uses many approaches including diet, exercise, massage, and herbal food therapy, its cornerstones are acupuncture and herbal medicine. Your Wellness Connection integrates Chinese medicine as an essential component of wellness care because at its core is the perspective of disease prevention and living a balanced life.

Personal Assessment

In Chinese medicine the tongue and pulse are the primary assessment tools of the body’s internal health condition. The pulse is felt for speed and condition, and the tongue’s color and texture are also examined. Each reveals imbalances in the body. This evaluation, in addition to a review of current symptoms and an understanding of how the client feels physically and emotionally, provides our acupuncturist sufficient information to tailor a treatment plan to meet any need.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a method of balancing and building the body’s life force energy known as “qi” or “chi”. Acupuncturists gently insert tiny disposable needles along pathways called meridians or channels through which this energy circulates. Traditional Chinese Medicine views disease as the result of an imbalance, deficiency, or blockage in the body’s natural energy flow. Such imbalances manifest in physical, emotional and stress-related disorders.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

  • Acute/chronic pain
  • Fertility
  • Headache
  • Incontinence
  • Insomnia
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Morning Sickness
  • Nausea
  • Sinusitis
  • Stress
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Common cold
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Digestive trouble
  • Emotional problems
  • And many more…

Frequency of Treatments

The number and frequency of treatments varies from person to person. Some symptoms are relieved after the first treatment while others may take 4-12 treatments. Overall, most people see changes within 3-4 treatments and significant improvement with their health concern in 8-12 treatments. Acupuncture can be received on a regular basis to promote balance in the body and maintain wellness.

Add On Services

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine is one of the oldest and most comprehensive herbal medicines in the world. Herbal treatments are often prescribed as an adjunct to acupuncture care to accelerate and support the therapeutic effects of the treatment. Also, Chinese herbal medicine may be used to treat conditions that are not as effectively treated by acupuncture.


Cupping is a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum next to the skin using glass cups. The cups are heated with alcohol and flame on the inside to reduce the air pressure, and then placed over the skin. As the cup cools a vacuum forms and pulls up the skin, stimulating the acupressure effect. This treatment is used to relieve what is called “stagnation” in TCM terms, and is used in the treatment of respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia, and bronchitis. Cupping is also commonly used to treat back, neck, shoulder and other musculoskeletal pain.

Auricular Therapy / Ear Seeds

Small seeds from the Vaccaria plant or gold pellets are attached to the inside of the ears with adhesive tape. The ear is rich with nerve endings that correspond to some of the body’s meridians or energy channels. Auricular therapy is widely used for many conditions, including addiction treatment, mood disorders, obesity, pain, and other conditions. Ear seeds are often used in conjunction with an acupuncture session and left on after the treatment for points to be stimulated for a longer period of time by the client, usually for a few days to a few weeks.

Electric Stimulation

Electric Stimulation applies pulsating electrical currents from electrodes to the inserted needles to provide continuous and /or stronger stimulation of the acu-points.

Summary of Fees

Service Cost
Initial Consultation $40
Acupuncture follow up or Herbal Consultation $20
Acupuncture Treatment $65
Add on services: Cost:
Cupping, Ear Seeds, Electric Stimulation $10
Customized Herbal Formulas Varies
Tongue / Pulse Diagnosis (private 15 minute session) Complimentary


  • Shamayne Tate
    Shamayne Tate Dipl. O.M., Lic. Acp.

    Specializing in acute and chronic pain, fertility, hormonal balancing, emotional balancing, digestive disorders and Chinese herbal medicine.

    hours: M/W 11-5:15; T/Th 9-1:15

    Shamayne Tate joins YWC after owning her own private practice in Colorado Springs. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Kansas, followed by a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College. In addition, she is a Diplomat for Oriental Medicine, has had extensive training in Beijing, China and has her acupuncture license.

    Shamayne specializes in acute and chronic pain, Chinese herbal medicine, emotional balancing, digestive disorders and fertility acupuncture. With many years of experience in the health care field, Shamayne is dedicated to serving others by empowering individuals by providing educating support to make informed decisions….

    Prior to joining Your Wellness Connection, Shamayne Tate owned a private practice in Colorado Springs. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Kansas, followed by a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College. In addition, she is a Diplomate for Oriental Medicine, has extensive training in Beijing, China and her acupuncture license.

    Shamayne specializes in acute and chronic pain, Chinese herbal medicine, emotional balancing, digestive disorders and fertility acupuncture. With over 12 years of experience in the health care field, she is dedicated to serving by empowering individuals through providing support to clients to make informed decisions. She is passionate about spreading wellness awareness while improving therapeutic avenues inherent in the body. Also, she recognizes the interrelationship of body, mind, and spirit to ensure long-term, result-oriented treatments.

  • Sara Koron
    Sara Koron Dipl. O.M., L.Ac.

    Specializing in acupuncture for immune support, women’s health, mental-emotional balance, and pain conditions.

    phone: to schedule an appointment, call YWC at 913.962.7408
    hours: T/Th 2-6; Fri 9:30-3:30

    Sara received her medical training in Classical Chinese Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland Oregon, earning a Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine. Since 2010, she has been offering natural healing options for the Kansas City community through her private practice, 8 Gates Natural Health, and in integrative wellness settings.She is designated as a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is a Licensed Acupuncturist.

    Sara specializes in acupuncture for chronic health issues, incorporating modalities of Chinese Medicine including acupuncture, exercise, bodywork, nutritional and herbal support. She creates a healing space to collaborate with clients on their health and wellness goals; beginning with compassionate listening, Sara identifies and explains specific patterns according to Chinese Medicine theory and offers new tools to support balance of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual vitality. Her gentle technique provides safe, effective and sustainable care for all ages.

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