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.

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.

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 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) $115
Initial Consultation $40
Acupuncture Treatment $75
Add on services: Cost:
Customized Herbal Formulas Varies
Tongue / Pulse Diagnosis (private 15 minute session) Complimentary
  • Laura Ponce
    Laura Ponce Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist, MSOM, Dipl.O.M.

    Laura Ponce Acupuncture & Wellness – Specializing in acute and chronic pain, stress/anxiety, neurological and autoimmune disorders, women’s health and fertility, teen/young adult health, herbal medicine and dietary therapies.

    2022 Best of Shawnee Awards in the category of Acupuncturist

    Voted Best Acupuncturist in 2021 by The Pitch Magazine with over 680k votes!

    phone: To schedule an appointment, call YWC at (913) 962-7408
    hours: Tues & Thur, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Laura is an experienced acupuncturist and skilled herbalist. For over a decade, she has successfully helped thousands of people transform their health and wellbeing naturally. She treats a variety of health conditions and disorders, including insomnia, headaches, women’s health (menstrual issues, fertility, menopause), chronic illness, pain, allergies, asthma, gastrointestinal conditions, stress/anxiety and more.

    Laura understands how frustrating it can be when we are struggling with our health. She discovered the profound healing power of acupuncture herself after a car accident left her in chronic pain that other therapies were unable to resolve.

    Described by her clients as a highly-skilled, kind and empathetic practitioner, she is passionate about helping people heal naturally, get off of medications and enjoy renewed energy and vitality every day.

    Laura is amazing! After 10+ years of treating RA with medication, with no pain relief, I decided to try acupuncture. After my first visit I was feeling great. After my second visit I could walk up and down a flight of stairs with no pain. I could open something as simple as a jar again.There are not enough words to explain how Laura has changed the quality of my life. – S.N.

    With a holistic, integrated approach to care, Laura carefully assesses the individual needs of her clients to begin resolving painful and frustrating health conditions.

    Once pathways through the body have been opened through acupuncture, Laura offers her exceptional knowledge, insights and training in Chinese medical herbals to recognize when supplements may be needed to further support the body in the ongoing healing process.

    A highly sought-after acupuncturist in the Kansas City area, Laura treats cancer patients and survivors through Jill’s Hope, a 501c3 foundation that supports anyone touched by cancer. She also collaborates with local naturopaths and reproductive endocrinologists, providing acupuncture for women struggling with infertility and undergoing IVF.

    Laura earned her Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) and Chinese Medical Herbs from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, NM, and holds the National Certification from the Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She has been treating patients for over 10 years and has had the privilege to study with some of the most respected doctors of Oriental Medicine from around the world.

    * Licensed Acupuncturist authorized through Kansas State Board of Healing Arts

    * 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.

    * Certified in CPR, Body Mapping, Pulse Diagnostics, Safety & Ethics

    * Advanced education in emotional, neurological and rheumatic disorders, acid reflux and herb-drug interactions

    * Continuing education in the treatment of allergies, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and chronic infections

    * Isn’t it time you began restoring your body to a state of balance, tranquility and ease? Schedule an appointment with Laura today!

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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.

    Voted Best Acupuncturist in 2021 by Kansas City magazine with over 500k votes!

    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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