Nan opened the Cameron Clinic of Oriental Medicine in Wilmington, NC in March of 2000 after receiving her Masters in Oriental Medicine degree from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe, NM. Nan spent the summer of 1999 completing a clinical internship in hospitals in Beijing and Chengdu.
Nan practiced as a registered nurse for more than 20 years before returning to school to study Traditional Chinese Medicine. She received a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Kentucky and a Masters of Science in Nursing degree in oncology (cancer nursing) from Gwynedd-Mercy College.
Nan continues to advance her knowledge through continuing education programs. Nan has studied with Kiiko Matsumoto for many years to learn Kiiko style Japanese acupuncture. Kiiko style and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) are both based on the Chinese classics and modern medical pathophysiology to bring out the best in both. Kiiko graduated from Tokyo Kasei University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and then attended the Japan Central Acupuncture and Moxibustion College in Tokyo. Kiiko has studied with many Japanese acupuncture Masters and has been strongly influenced by Master Kiyoshi Nagano, a blind acupuncturist. Kiiko would be the first person to say that a practitioner must continue learning and evolving their style to best meet the needs of their patients.
Other favorite teachers include: Jeffrey Yuen, Datis Kharazzian, Sharon Weizenbaum, Donnie Yance, Dagmar Ehling, Ken Morehead and Yuan Huang. Nan is also grateful to the members of the Round Table Discussion Group for their support and knowledge.
Nan was appointed and served on the North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board (NCALB) from December of 2003 to June 2008. She served as Secretary from January 2004 - January 2006 and Chair from February 2006 - February 2008.
Nan is licensed as an acupuncturist by the North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board and as a Practitioner of Oriental Medicine by the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine. She is recognized as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She maintains licensure as a Registered Nurse in North Carolina.
We welcome you to our office and assure you that you will receive the best care available. Our acupuncturist, Nan Cameron, MSN, RN, LAc, is happy to work with your physician and will send your physician monthly progress reports if requested.
Health and accident policies are an arrangement between you and your insurance company. All services will be charged directly to you and you will be personally responsible for payment.
It is customary to pay for professional services when rendered. We ask that you pay for your first visit with cash, check or Visa/MasterCard. We realize that it may be inconvenient or difficult to pay at the time of each visit and will be happy to help you with a written financial agreement.
|Initial evaluation and treatment||$200.00||Consultation, each additional 10 minutes||$15.00|
|Acupuncture Follow up visits||$100.00||Consultation, 25 min.||$50.00|
|Initial consult, no acupuncture||$165.00||Consultation, 50 min.||$90.00|
Acupuncture follow up visits only include 10-15 minutes of consultation time; I want you on the table for your treatment. If you want more time to discuss issues, please set up a consultation visit. If I have time to spend more than 10-15 minutes of consultation time during an acupuncture visit with you, the invoice will reflect the acupuncture treatment and consultation time.
Herbal supplements, pads for microcurrent electrotherapy treatments, virtual zyto consult fee are not included in the prices listed above.
FOR PATIENTS INJURED ON THE JOB (Workers Compensation) Your employer is responsible for any costs in treating your work related injuries. If your injury is work related, be sure and tell us before starting treatments. Preauthorization in writing is required before evaluation and treatment can begin. You are personally responsible for payment of any appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.
FOR PATIENTS WITH INSURANCE we will provide you with a CMS1500 form which you may submit to your insurance company. We encourage you to check with your insurance company to find out their requirements for reimbursement to you. Medicare and Medicaid do not pay for acupuncture. If you request a CMS1500, our office coordinator will complete forms at the beginning of each month for the previous month. You will need to mail this form along with any additional paperwork required to your insurance company for reimbursement.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to talk with us.
Thank you for coming to our office for your health needs. We welcome your comments and suggestions.
Nan Cameron, MSN, RN, LAc
Your first visit usually takes about 1½-2 hours if you are also receiving acupuncture and 1 hour if you have scheduled a consult only. We spend time talking about your concerns and goals for treatment. I will ask you different questions – many you will expect and some will seem unusual or different from what you may have experienced when visiting other health care practitioners. As part of the examination, I take your pulse and look at your tongue. If you are used to brushing your tongue, please don’t do it on the days you come to see me. For best results, don’t come to your appointment hungry or skip eating your breakfast or lunch. Acupuncture works with your body’s energy and food is our energy source.
We will talk about your Chinese Medicine diagnosis and what it means. If you are scheduled to receive acupuncture, you will receive your first treatment at the time of your appointment. Most of my patients enjoy treatments and find them relaxing. All needles are sterile and used only one time. You may feel a small prick lasting a couple of seconds when the needle is inserted. Once the needle is in place you may not feel anything or it might feel heavy or achy or even have a slight electric sensation, but it should not feel painful or uncomfortable.
Infrequently, there may be bruising or slight bleeding when needles are removed. Since everyone responds differently to treatments you may want to plan your schedule accordingly. Sometimes patients want to go home and take a nap; others may feel energized after their treatment. It is a good idea to not get overheated or chilled for several hours after receiving a treatment. You want to be sure and drink plenty of water. If you are planning to go out to dinner and have a glass of wine or a drink, go slow because you may find that it affects you more quickly than usual. Remember you are not yet superman or superwoman after your first treatment, so if you are feeling great after your treatment you will still want to take it easy. If you push yourself, you may find that you feel worse than ever. As I like to tell patients, we need to learn to be our own best friend!
“First we must treat the root or core and then the branch or the symptoms” is a frequent saying in Oriental medicine. Depending on the length and severity of your symptoms, the length of treatment required will vary. Unfortunately there is no quick fix, but feeling healthy makes our life so much more enjoyable.
I want you to understand your treatment and will do my best to explain the process. If this is your first visit to an Oriental Medicine practitioner, I am sure you are wondering what’s going to happen and will have many questions to ask. There are many variations of oriental medicine – Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), 5 element, Japanese, and Korean styles, so even if it’s not your first time receiving acupuncture there may be some differences. I practice a style taught by Kiiko Matsumoto and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), both are based on the Chinese classics and modern medical pathophysiology. This style is very “hands on” and is based on palpation of active reflexes on the abdomen (the hara), neck, back and their corresponding treatment points. This system of palpation and feedback gives the practitioner and patient immediate feedback on both diagnosis and treatment. A treatment session generally begins by first treating active reflexes in the abdomen and neck. Change in how these reflexes feel gives us both a measure of effectiveness. The treatment often consists of treating one set of reflexes with acupuncture, leaving the needles in for 15-20 minutes and then treating another set of reflexes and leaving the needles in for 10-15 minutes.
Chinese Medicine views the kidneys as our energy foundation. The kidney energy is the source of our brain and bone marrow and loosely corresponds to the adrenals and hormones. The kidneys/adrenals/cortisol/genes are easily depleted by ‘overwork’- physical, emotional, chronic pain, chronic lack of sleep, chronic sympathetic nervous system response (body emergency stress response), chronic immune system activation, sugar balance issues, etc. The liver is responsible for sending energy smoothly throughout the body so that all our physical functions e.g. digestion and emotions are smooth and easy. The liver manufactures more than 13,000 chemicals and has more than 2000 enzymatic pathways and is responsible for producing bile to emulsify fats, changing fat soluble hormones into water soluble ones for excretion from the body and detoxifying chemicals. Most vitamins and minerals must be processed in the liver before they can be made available to the cells. The spleen and stomach can be viewed as our checking account. A strong spleen and stomach – good nutrition and digestion protects the kidneys or energy reserves. Chinese medicine says emotions are the biggest cause of internal disharmony. Each organ has specific emotions, e.g. the liver is related to stress, irritability, frustration, anger, depression. The Chinese have been saying for thousands of years that the spleen and stomach play an important role in clear thinking. In western science, we know that the Vagus nerve runs between the gut and brain and they greatly influence each other.
Treatment in Chinese Medicine is the return to balance in the body, mind and spirit. Strengthen the root to support the branches to resolve symptoms. Functional medicine takes advantage of the best of western science or biomedicine and may utilize laboratory testing to evaluate nutritional status and the biological terrain to provide information about specific imbalances in the body. This enhances the ability to target and prioritize ways to strengthen the root or core to resolve the symptoms of the branch. The Brain, the GUT (Digestive system), the Immune (inflammatory) system and Endocrine system (hormones, adrenals, thyroid, etc.) cannot function without each other and greatly influence each other’s function.
From this information I will provide you with a report that includes my assessment of your issues, additional testing that would be helpful, recommendations for nutritional and herbal supplements that can be used and information that you can incorporate into your health regime. This report is a starting point only. I think the saying "one man's food is another man's poison" describes how we are all unique and respond in different ways. We each have to find our own GPS! Healing involves the mind, body and spirit.
Your treatment may include other modalities, such as:
Moxa – an herb that is burned. It has many different forms – I may put it on the end of the needle to burn or even send you home with a type that looks like a big cigar.
Cups – a vacuum is created inside a glass cup and then it is placed on different parts of the body. It may stay in one place or be moved over an area such as your back.
Guasha – a form of bodywork often using a Chinese porcelain spoon that is massaged over specific body areas.
Electroacupuncture – electricity can be added to the needles, pads or probes.
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Herbal formulas are an important part of Oriental Medicine. Many different types of nutritional and herbal supplements are offered.
Chinese Herbal Formulas
These are prepared formulas generally in the form of pills, capsules or tinctures. Many of these are manufactured in China. The distributors I use test their products for the presence of heavy metals and other substances. A one week supply of pills will generally cost from between five and forty dollars. I use products from Golden Flower, Health Concerns, Evergreen, Herbal Times, Blue Poppy, Mayway, etc. Chinese prepared medicines may not be designed specifically for you, so you may be required to take more than one formula to get the best results.
The granules are a freeze dried form of Chinese herbs that is formulated into a specific Chinese herbal formula for you. A weekly dose for one formula is approximately 42-64 grams. The weekly cost for each formula is about $20.00 - $40.00. The granules are mixed in water and may have a slightly unpleasant taste. Granules have the advantage of being tailored specifically for you and can be adjusted based on your response. For an additional charge we can make these into capsules for you or you may purchase supplies to make your own capsules.
We have a wide selection of nutritional supplements including: probiotics, fish oil, vitamins, to name only a few products that are available in the office. We use product companies such as Allergy Research Group, Apex Energetics, Designs By Health, Innate Response, Integrative Therapeutics, Natura Products, Nordic Naturals, Pekana, Transformation Enzymes, etc.
My practice is busy and I make an effort to stay on time. Please try to get to the office 5-10 minutes before your scheduled treatment. This will give you time to get a drink of water, go to the bathroom or sit for a few minutes and take time to catch your breath. I often like to see patients weekly in the beginning. If you only schedule your first visit it may be 4-6 weeks before we can schedule you for a return appointment. My schedule books quickly and it is often difficult to schedule an appointment if you wait until you come in for your first visit.
A minimum of 24 hours notice is required for cancellation of appointments, unless there is a true emergency, e.g., hospitalization, death in the family. Failure to notify the office will result in a charge for the missed visit.
I look forward to working with you.
Nan Cameron, MSN, RN, LAc