Laurel Acupuncture Services Overview

At Laurel Acupuncture, Jim Chialtas offers both Acupuncture and Functional Medicine.  He often combines the modalities to provide a completely holistic treatment.  Depending on the health issue at hand, many patients also receive massage during their appointment.

If you'd like to learn the differences between Acupuncture and Functional Medicine, read below.  They are different, yet have much in common.  Balancing the body's function is at the core of both philosophies.



Acupuncture is an ancient system of therapy which involves the insertion of thin needles into the body at very specific points.  These points are located along channels called meridians which travel the length of the body and correlate with the muscles, joints and internal organ systems.  The points are carefully chosen for each person every time acupuncture is administered by feeling for qualities of the pulse, by observation of characteristics of the tongue and by palpation of the points themselves to look for areas of pain or tenderness.  If there is imbalance or disease certain characteristics can be observed and appropriate points chosen.


functional medicine

Functional Medicine is a way of looking at the different systems of the body as a whole and providing targeted support as needed to restore optimal function.  This method utilizes modern clinical tools such as blood chemistry testing, stool testing or saliva testing to screen for a wide variety of factors which may be working to push a person out of balance or toward disease.  It is important to understand that a symptom a person is experiencing could very well have roots in seemingly unrelated areas of the physiology.    And further yet, a person experiencing many symptoms might very well have one common root cause which has not yet been discovered.  This is where Functional Medicine shines.  We are not in the business of diagnosing disease.  Rather the goal is to identify key mechanisms in that person which are driving the progression of the disease.


Phone Consultations for functional medicine

Unlike acupuncture where a person must be present for the session, a Functional Medicine consultation can take place long distance.  The tests can be ordered in most parts of the country and a phone or video consultation can be scheduled.  Supplemental or herbal support can be easily shipped as well.  Don't let your location stop you from seeking support - our office is just a phone call away.  

 An in-person or long distance consultation begins with a 30 minute discussion involving information on the intake forms, personal and family history, reviewing past lab testing and discussing some options going forward.  If new labs are needed they can be ordered at this time.  After receiving the lab results a detailed Report of Findings will be created and a 60 minute follow up consultation scheduled.  During this meeting there will be a detailed explanation of the findings as well as recommendations regarding diet and lifestyle or any supplement strategies which have been shown to be helpful.  Once a plan has been agreed upon a short follow up test is typically done six to eight weeks later to check progress or to adjust the dose or type of supplemental support.