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Deah Kinion, L. Ac.

604 - 2nd St. SW., Rochester, MN

(507) 990-3299



Who is Deah Kinion?

Your friendly licensed acupuncturist; a 1988 graduate from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine (Chicago, IL); nationally board certified (NCCAOM); and licensed by the MN Board of Medical Practice. She interned in Chengdu, China at the TCM Teaching Hospital in 1987; and received NADA training & certification in NYC (National Acupuncture Detoxification Assn). Deah began her study of Tai Chi in 1979 at the Tai Chi Culture Center in Minneapolis. She has studied with numerous teachers since, and teaches both Tai Chi and Qigong classes.


Deah lives with her husband & cats, enjoying the abundant-chi of nature in SE MN, gardening, birds, biking, meditating, & being creative & active.

Frequently Asked Questions and Details

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What is acupuncture and how does it work? 
Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world.  It is the most well known aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  TCM is rooted in the idea that illness, pain and discomfort stem from a Chi imbalance.  Chi is a Chinese word for vitality, energy, or life-force. Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into points along meridians that restore balance and facilitate the free flow of the body’s healing energy, or Chi. Current Western medicine research shows that acupuncture helps reduce inflammation and pain by stimulating chemicals in the body called adenosines.


What does acupuncture treat? Acupuncture is effective for both chronic and acute conditions; excels with its focus on prevention, self-care, and maintaining balance with physical and emotional/mental concerns. The NIH Consensus Statement (1997) reported acupuncture treatment benefits people with nausea and vomiting, addictions, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel, and asthma. In 2003 the WHO released “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials”, showing effective treatment for much more, including TMJ, ulcers, gastritis, hypertension, insomnia, depression, and hayfever/rhinitis.


What is community acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been a community-based medicine for most of its long history. In Asia, acupuncture has traditionally been practiced in group rather than individual settings. For acupuncture to be most effective patients may need to receive it frequently and regularly -- more frequently and regularly than most insurance plans will pay for. As acupuncture has moved toward the mainstream, it has been forced into a paradigm of one-on-one treatments and high prices, which has decreased not only patient access but treatment efficacy. Community acupuncture clinics represent a return to tradition. Community acupuncturists focus on using “distal” points (below the knee and elbow, and on the head and neck) so that patients can remain fully clothed during treatment. Community acupuncture clinics use recliners rather than treatment tables. Many patients prefer a community setting because they find it more relaxing.


Does acupuncture hurt?
No. People feel a variety of sensations, such as warmth or tingly, not pain. Acupuncture needles are solid and hair-thin, so many people don’t feel anything when being treated. If you are uncomfortable needles will be re-adjusted or removed. Generally speaking, it is a relaxing, rejuvenating experience.


Is acupuncture safe? 
Yes.  Acupuncture is one of the safest medical interventions you can have, when done by a trained, licensed practitioner.  All needles are sterile and disposable.  Licensed acupuncturists are graduates from accredited Acupuncture colleges, trained in clean needle technique and must pass rigorous exams administered through National Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Boards, and are licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.  


Is acupuncture covered by insurance?
To keep our costs low, we do not bill insurance. However, we will provide you with receipts, and codes to provide your insurance company to help you get reimbursed.  HSA’s and flex spending accounts generally cover acupuncture services. However, we bill up front for services, so that we may keep our prices low.



Abundant-Chi acupuncture center offers a sliding fee scale between $20-$50. The first visit costs $30-$50 for paperwork, intake and treatment. You decide what you can afford, & no proof of income is required. We take credit cards, cash or checks. This helps keep our prices low. Services for students, unemployed, and veterans cost $20. Stop-smoking treatments cost $20.

 Get healthy! Get acupuncture!

*Chi - pronounced chee is a Chinese word for vitality, breath, or life force.

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