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 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.

Summary of Fees

Service Cost
New Patients (includes consultation and treatment) $110
Initial Consultation $40
Acupuncture Treatment $70
Add on services: Cost:
Customized Herbal Formulas Varies
Tongue / Pulse Diagnosis (private 15 minute session) Complimentary
  • Laura Ponce
    Laura Ponce Acupuncturist & Herbalist, MSOM, Dipl.C.H.

    Laura Ponce Acupuncture & Wellness – Specializing in acute and chronic pain, women’s health and fertility, stress/anxiety, facial rejuvenation, herbal medicine, and dietary therapies.

    phone: To schedule an appointment, call YWC at (913)962-7408
    hours: Monday: 1-5:30, Tuesday: 11-7, Thursday: 11-7, Friday: 9-5, Saturday 8-1

    After completion of a 4-yr Acupuncture training program, Laura received her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, NM and became a NCCAOM Board Certified and Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist. She has training in Acupuncture, Eastern herbs, Cupping, Moxibustion, nutritional coaching, meditation/relaxation techniques, and other modalities.

    Laura currently holds the following licenses and certifications:

    – Licensed Acupuncturist, authorized by SC State Board of Medical Examiners

    – Diplomat in Oriental Medicine, National Certification awarded by NCCAOM

    – Traditional Chinese Medical perspective on Oncology and Supportive Cancer Care Certification with Dr. Onur Aydinoglu, awarded by Dr. Skya Abbatte

    – Traditional Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation, Facial Cupping and Facial Gua Sha Certification awarded by Michelle Gellis, L.Ac.

    Laura has been privileged to work and study with some of the most profound Doctors of Oriental Medicine from China, Japan and the United States. She feels honored to be able to bring that experience and passion to provide healing services to our local, Kansas City community.

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  • Shamayne Tate
    Shamayne Tate Dipl. O.M., L. Ac., MSOM

    Ancient Wisdom Acupuncture and Wellness, LLC – Specializing in acute and chronic pain, fertility, hormonal balancing, emotional balancing, digestive disorders and Chinese herbal medicine.

    phone: to schedule an appointment call YWC at 913 962-7408.
    hours: M/W: 11am-6pm, T/TH: 9am-2pm

    Shamayne has been in the health care field for over 22 years and has been a licensed acupuncturist for over 12 years. She completed her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine at Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Following the completion of over 4,000 hours of didactic and clinical training, she studied under internationally renowned doctors at the Chaoyang and Military Hospitals in Beijing, China. She was awarded advanced certification by the Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center by the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Peoples Republic of China.

    After receiving her degree and certifications, Shamayne worked as one of the first acupuncturists with the Integrative Medicine Department at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She worked closely with and received referrals from the Oncology, Occupational and Physical Therapy departments as well as the Women’s and ObGyn clinics.

    Shamayne has been with Your Wellness Connection since 2007 and specializes in acute and chronic pain, emotional balancing, digestive disorders, and fertility acupuncture. Shamayne uses a wide range of treatment options, including acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Tui Na massage, nutritional therapy, cupping, moxibustion and auricular therapy.

    She is dedicated to serving and empowering her patients to make informed decisions. Shamayne recognizes the interrelationship of body,mind and spirit to ensure long-term, result-oriented treatments.

    * Diplomate in Oriental Medicine – ( National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)
    * Current Member of the AAAOM – ( American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)
    * Current Member of KSAOM – (Kansas Association of Oriental Medicine)
    * Certification of Facial Rejuvenation with Acupuncture and Chinese Herb- Virginia Doran
    * Extensive studies/influences/certifications with : Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan (since 2005), Kiko Matsumoto, Dr. LiLi DOM., Lonny Jarrett, Jeffrey Yuen

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